Scope and mechanism of carbohydrase action. Stereocomplementary hydrolytic and glucosyl-transferring actions of glucoamylase and glucodextranase with alpha- and beta-D-glucosyl fluoride.

S. Kitahata, Curtis F. Brewer, D. S. Genghof, T. Sawai, E. J. Hehre

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Rhizopus niveus glucoamylase and Arthrobacter globiformis glucodextranase, which catalyze the hydrolysis of starch and dextrans, respectively, to form D-glucose of inverted (beta) configuration, were found to convert both alpha- and beta-D-glucosyl fluoride to beta-D-glucose and hydrogen fluoride. Each enzyme directly hydrolyzes alpha-D-glucosyl fluoride but utilizes th beta-anomer in reactions that require 2 molecules of substrate and yield glucosyl transfer products which are then rapidly hydrolyzed to form beta-D-glucose. Various D-glucopyranosyl compounds serve as acceptors for such reactions. Mixtures of beta-D-glucosyl fluoride and methyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside[14C], incubated with either enzyme, yielded both methyl-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1 leads to 4)-alpha-D-[14C]glucopyranoside and methyl-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1 leads to 6)-alpha-D-[14C]glucopyranoside. Glucoamylase produced more of the alpha-maltoside; glucodextranase produced more of the alpha-isomaltoside. Thus, both "exo-alpha-glucan hydrolases" emerge as glucosylases that catalyze stereospecifically complementary hydrolytic and transglucosylative reactions with glucosyl donors of opposite configuration. These reactions not only provide a new view of the catalytic capabilities of these supposedly strict hydrolases; they also furnish a basis for defining a detailed mechanism for catalysis. Present results, together with those of several recent studies from this laboratory (especially similar findings obtained with beta-amylase acting on alpha- and beta-maltosyl fluoride (Hehre, E. J., Brewer, C. F., and Genghof, D. S. (1979) J. Biol. Chem. 254, 5942-5950), provide strong new evidence for the functional flexibility of the catalytic groups of carbohydrases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6017-6026
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume256
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 25 1981
Externally publishedYes

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exo-1,6-alpha-glucosidase
Glucan 1,4-alpha-Glucosidase
Hydrolases
Glucose
beta-Amylase
Hydrofluoric Acid
Arthrobacter
Rhizopus
Glucans
Enzymes
Dextrans
Catalysis
Fluorides
Starch
Hydrolysis
Molecules
Substrates
carbohydrase
glucosyl fluoride

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Scope and mechanism of carbohydrase action. Stereocomplementary hydrolytic and glucosyl-transferring actions of glucoamylase and glucodextranase with alpha- and beta-D-glucosyl fluoride. / Kitahata, S.; Brewer, Curtis F.; Genghof, D. S.; Sawai, T.; Hehre, E. J.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 256, No. 12, 25.06.1981, p. 6017-6026.

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