A specific chromophoric substrate for activity assays of 1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolases

Carles Malet, Jordi Vallés, Jordi Bou, Antoni Planas

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The synthesis of 4-methylumbelliferyl 3-β-O-cellobiosyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (3a) and its use as specific substrate to monitor enzyme activity of 1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolases are described. The chromophoric substrate 3a is prepared by a chemoenzymatic approach starting from barley grain, whose β-D-glucan polysaccharide is degraded down to a tri- (1) and tetrasaccharide (2) by an extracellular extract of recombinant E. coli expressing and secreting Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-β-glucanase. The trisaccharide 1 is further chemically transformed into the title compound. Its use as substrate for an enzyme activity assay, the specificity of cleavage, and kinetic parameters are reported. As it undergoes a single glycosidic bond hydrolysis with release of 4-methylumbelliferone, direct UV monitoring of the reaction provides a sensitive kinetic assay of the enzyme action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-219
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biotechnology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 1996


  • 1,3-1,4-β-Glucanase
  • 4-Methylumbelliferyl glycosides
  • Chromophoric substrate
  • Enzyme assay
  • Kinetics
  • β-Glucan hydrolysis


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