, Volume 28, Issue 4-5, pp 425-432

Characteristics of Trichoderma reesei β-xylosidase and its use in the hydrolysis of solubilized xylans

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The β-xylosidase (EC of Trichoderma reesei was purified and its characteristics and use in the hydrolysis of steamed birch xylan were studied. The enzyme was a glycoprotein with a molecular weight of 100000 as determined by SDS-gel electrophoresis and its isoelectric point was 4.7. The pH optimum was 4.0 and temperature optimum 60°C. β-Xylosidase was competitively inhibited by xylose and the inhibition constant was 2.3 mM. The purified enzyme also showed α-arabinofuranosidase activity.