Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenase from Aspergillus fumigatus can Improve Enzymatic Cocktail Activity During Sugarcane Bagasse Hydrolysis

Author(s): Paula Fagundes de Gouvêa, Luis Eduardo Gerolamo, Aline Vianna Bernardi, Lucas Matheus Soares Pereira, Sergio Akira Uyemura, Taisa Magnani Dinamarco*.

Journal Name: Protein & Peptide Letters

Volume 26 , Issue 5 , 2019

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Background: Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases (LPMOs) are auxiliary accessory enzymes that act synergistically with cellulases and which are increasingly being used in secondgeneration bioethanol production from biomasses. Several LPMOs have been identified in various filamentous fungi, including Aspergillus fumigatus. However, many LPMOs have not been characterized yet.

Objective: To report the role of uncharacterized A. fumigatus AfAA9_B LPMO.

Methods: qRT-PCR analysis was employed to analyze the LPMO gene expression profile in different carbon sources. The gene encoding an AfAA9_B (Afu4g07850) was cloned into the vector pET- 28a(+), expressed in the E. coli strain RosettaTM (DE3) pLysS, and purified by a Ni2+-nitrilotriacetic (Ni-NTA) agarose resin. To evaluate the specific LPMO activity, the purified protein peroxidase activity was assessed. The auxiliary LPMO activity was investigated by the synergistic activity in Celluclast 1.5L enzymatic cocktail.

Results: LPMO was highly induced in complex biomass like sugarcane bagasse (SEB), Avicel® PH-101, and CM-cellulose. The LPMO gene encoded a protein comprising 250 amino acids, without a CBM domain. After protein purification, the AfAA9_B molecular mass estimated by SDSPAGE was 35 kDa. The purified protein specific peroxidase activity was 8.33 ± 1.9 U g-1. Upon addition to Celluclast 1.5L, Avicel® PH-101 and SEB hydrolysis increased by 18% and 22%, respectively.

Conclusion: A. fumigatus LPMO is a promising candidate to enhance the currently available enzymatic cocktail and can therefore be used in second-generation ethanol production.

Keywords: Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, Aspergillus fumigatus, AA9 LPMO, sugarcane bagasse, biomass hydrolysis, bioethanol production.

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