Biochemical and structural investigation of the CE15 family: Glucuronoyl esterases acting on recalcitrant biomass
Poster (konferens), 2018

Glucuronoyl esterases (GEs) are a relatively new class of enzymes which cleave ester linkages between lignin and glucuronoxylan. GEs have been identified in many biomass-degrading microbes and are now classified into the Carbohydrate Esterase Family 15 (CE15). The CE15 family is diverse (as low as 20% sequence identity), however to-date only a few GEs from a small clade of the CE15 phylogenetic tree have been biochemically characterized and only two protein structures have been solved. To investigate the diversity of CE15 members, we have studied a broad range of proteins from across the phylogenetic tree. Enzymes were biochemically characterized and three-dimensional structures for two of the enzymes were solved. Analysis of the structures suggest possible binding sites for lignin fragments and xylooligosaccharides that have not been previously reported. Investigations into the molecular determinants supporting the potential binding sites is being pursued.



glucuronoyl esterase




Carbohydrate Esterase


Scott Mazurkewich

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

Jenny Arnling Bååth

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

Rasmus Meland Knudsen

Köpenhamns universitet

Jens-Christian N Poulsen

Köpenhamns universitet

Lisbeth Olsson

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

Leila Lo Leggio

Köpenhamns universitet

Johan Larsbrink

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

5th Biennial Symposium of Biotechnology Applied to Lignocelluloses
Helsinki , Finland,

Structure-based engineering of glucuronoyl esterases for separation of lignin and carbohydrates

Novo Nordisk Fonden (27698), 2018-01-01 -- 2020-12-31.


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Biokemi och molekylärbiologi


Biokatalys och enzymteknik



Livsvetenskaper och teknik (2010-2018)


Grundläggande vetenskaper

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