Effect of Trichoderma reesei proteinases on the affinity of an inorganic-binding peptide

Andrew Care, Helena Nevalainen, Peter L. Bergquist, Anwar Sunna*

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An inorganic-binding peptide sequence with high affinity to silica-containing materials was fused to a glycoside hydrolase GH26 mannanase, ManA, from the extremely thermophilic bacterium Dictyoglomus thermophilum. The resulting recombinant enzyme produced in Escherichia coli, ManA-Linker, displayed high binding affinity towards synthetic zeolite while retaining its catalytic activity at 80 °C. ManA-Linker was able to bind to the zeolite at different pH levels, indicating a true pH-independent binding. However, complete degradation of the peptide linker was observed when the recombinant ManA-Linker was exposed to the supernatant from the filamentous fungus Trichoderma reesei. This degradation was caused by extracellular proteinases produced by T. reesei during its growth phase. Several derivatives of ManA-Linker were designed and expressed in E. coli. All the derivatives carrying a single sequence of the linker were still susceptible to T. reesei proteinase degradation. Complete substitution of the linker sequence by (GGGGS)16 resulted in a proteinase-resistant ManA derivative, ManA-Linker-(GGGGS)16, which was able to bind to zeolite in a pH-dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2225-2240
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • Affinity
  • Inorganic-binding peptide
  • Proteinases
  • Trichoderma

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