The Protein Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 79-88

Effect of Glycosylation on the Catalytic and Conformational Stability of Homologous α-Amylases

  • Soundararajan SrimathiAffiliated withCentre for Protein Engineering and Biomedical Research, The Voluntary Health Services
  • , Gurunathan JayaramanAffiliated withCentre for Protein Engineering and Biomedical Research, The Voluntary Health Services Email author 

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A thermostable α-amylase from B. licheniformis (BLA) and a mesophilic amylase from B. amyloliquefaciens (BAA) were covalently coupled to oxidized synthetic sucrose polymers (OSP400 and OSP70) and polyglutaraldehyde (PGA) by reductive alkylation to study the effect of neoglycosylation on the activity, kinetic and thermodynamic stability. The catalytic efficiency of the modified enzymes was comparable to that of the native enzyme. Covalent coupling decreased the rate of inactivation at all the temperatures studied, both in the presence and absence of added Ca2+. The stability of the native enzyme was found to increase upon modification as observed from the increase in t 1/2 in the absence of Ca2+ ions by about 1.5–13.7 times (at 85°C) in the case of BLA and 5.7–8.4 times (at 50°C) for BAA. The highest stability was observed for OSP400 modified enzyme with ΔC m and ΔT m values of 0.63 M and 7.92°C for BLA and 0.85 M and 5.3°C for BAA, respectively. The order of stability was OSP400 > OSP70 > PGA > Native for both BLA and BAA. The stability of the modified amylases obtained from the present study were superior compared to most of the single and double mutants obtained by site-directed mutagenesis that were constructed so as to enhance the intrinsic stability of these enzymes.


α-Amylase conformational stability covalent modification stabilization sucrose polymer unfolding