Linking hydrolysis performance to Trichoderma reesei cellulolytic enzyme profile
Journal article, 2016

Trichoderma reesei expresses a large number of enzymes involved in lignocellulose hydrolysis and the mechanism of how these enzymes work together is too complex to study by traditional methods, for example, by spiking with single enzymes and monitoring hydrolysis performance. In this study, a multivariate approach, partial least squares regression, was used to see whether it could help explain the correlation between enzyme profile and hydrolysis performance. Diverse enzyme mixtures were produced by T. reesei Rut-C30 by exploiting various fermentation conditions and used for hydrolysis of washed pretreated corn stover as a measure of enzyme performance. In addition, the enzyme mixtures were analyzed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry to identify and quantify the different proteins. A multivariate model was applied for the prediction of enzyme performance based on the combination of different proteins present in an enzyme mixture. The multivariate model was used for identification of candidate proteins that are correlated to enzyme performance on pretreated corn stover. A very large variation in hydrolysis performance was observed and this was clearly caused by the difference in fermentation conditions. Besides β-glucosidase, the multivariate model identified several xylanases, Cip1 and Cip2, as relevant proteins to study further.


Trichoderma reesei

Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

Mathematical modeling



L. Lehmann

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Novozymes A/S

N.P. Rønnest

Novo Nordisk

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

C.I. Jørgensen

Novozymes A/S

Lisbeth Olsson

Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC)

S.M. Stocks

Novozymes A/S

H.S. Jørgensen

Novozymes A/S

T. Hobley

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Biotechnology and Bioengineering

0006-3592 (ISSN) 1097-0290 (eISSN)

Vol. 113 5 1001-1010

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories


Biocatalysis and Enzyme Technology



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