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Critical Reviews™ in Eukaryotic Gene Expression

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevEukaryotGeneExpr.2019029029
pages 305-317

Bacterial Expression and Characterization of Recombinant β-Xylosidase from the Thermophilic Xylanolytic Bacterium Bacillus sp

Ghazaleh Gharib
Nanotechnology, Research and Application Center, Sabanci University, Nanotechnology Research and Applied Center, SUNUM, Istanbul, Turkey
Amina Arif
Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Asma Zaidi
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan
Mahjabeen Saleem
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan


With the passage of time, energy sources are decreasing day by day. In order to meet the world's demand, much attention is being paid to the study of enzymes with xylanolytic activity as a potential means of generating energy. A thermophilic xylanolytic bacterium, Bacillus sp., was isolated from naturally decaying material by enrichment culture and serial dilution methods. The bacterium was grown in MH medium at 50°C and pH 7 for 10 h. The xylanolytic Bacillus sp. produced clear yellow haloes around the colonies in the presence of p-nitrophenyl beta-D-xylopyranoside (pNPX) as a substrate. After condition optimization, it was found that the organism produced the higher level of xylosidase activity after 14 h in the presence of arabinose as a carbon source and ammonium sulfate as a nitrogen source in the pH 7 medium of at 55°C. The maximum β-xylosidase activity after optimizing the culture condition was 5.0 U/mL. Later this thermophilic Bacillus sp. was used as a donor in cloning of the β-xylosidase gene. A genomic library of Bacillus sp. was prepared by digesting the genomic DNA of the Bacillus with the restriction endonuclease BamHI, ligating the fragments in the pUC18 cloning vector and then transforming the competent E. coli DH5α cells with the resultant chimeric plasmid. The β-xylosidase gene was identified by screening the transformants in duplicates on LB agar plates overlaid with pNPX as a substrate. Commercial production of β-xylosidase to be used as a methanol-producing enzyme can help to overcome fuel shortages.


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