Sequencing, cloning and expression of a β-1,4-mannanase gene, manA, from the extremely thermophilic anaerobic bacterium, Caldicellulosiruptor Rt8B.4

Moreland D. Gibbs, Anna U. Elinder, Rosalind A. Reeves, Peter L. Bergquist*

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A gene encoding a β-mannanase (manA) has been cloned from an obligately anaerobic extreme thermophile, Caldicellulosiruptor strain Rt8B.4, which is most closely related to Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus (formerly Caldocellum saccharolyticum). The gene codes for a multidomain enzyme with a C-terminal β-mannanase domain which was amplified by the polymerase chain reaction and cloned into a temperature-inducible expression vector in Escherichia coli. Sequence comparisons have shown that the Man domain of Rt8B.4 ManA is related to a thermophilic Dictyoglomus mannanase and a mesophilic mannanase from a Bacillus species. It appears to be unrelated to the β-mannanase domain of C. saccharolyticus, implying acquisition of the genes from unrelated sources by the two bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 1996


  • caldicellulosiruptor
  • mannanase
  • pulp bleaching

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