Catalytic versatility of trehalase: Synthesis of α-d-glucopyranosyl α-d-xylopyranoside from β-d-glucosyl fluoride and α-d-xylose

Takafumi Kasumi, Curtis F. Brewer, Elwyn T. Reese, Edward J. Hehre

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Trehalase was previously shown (see ref. 5) to hydrolyze α-d-glucosyl fluoride, forming β-d-glucose, and to synthesize α,α-trehalose from β-d-glucosyl fluoride plus α-d-glucose. Present observations further define the enzyme's separate cosubstrate requirements in utilizing these nonglycosidic substrates. α-d-Glucopyranose and α-d-xylopyranose were found to be uniquely effective in enabling Trichoderma reesei trehalase to catalyze reactions with β-d-glucosyl fluoride. As little as 0.2mm added α-d-glucose (0.4mm α-d-xylose) substantially increased the rate of enzymically catalyzed release of fluoride from 25mm β-d-glucosyl fluoride at 0°. Digest of β-d-glucosyl fluoride plus α-d-xylose yielded the α,α-trehalose analog, α-d-glucopyranosyl α-d-xylopyranoside, as a transient (i.e., subsequently hydrolyzed) transfer-product. The need for an aldopyranose acceptor having an axial 1-OH group when β-d-glucosyl fluoride is the donor, and for water when α-d-glucosyl fluoride is the substrate, indicates that the catalytic groups of trehalose have the flexibility to catalyze different stereochemical reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 1986


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  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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