(1,4)-β-d-Arabinoxylan arabinofuranohydrolase: a novel enzyme in the bioconversion of arabinoxylan
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An enzyme able to hydrolyse the terminal non-reducing α-l-arabinofuranoside residues from arabinoxylans only has been found. This enzyme was unable to split arabinofuranosyl linkages in a range of other arabinofuranosyl-containing substrates. Analysis of reaction mixtures of arabinoxylan with this enzyme did not show a shift in the molecular weight distribution of the arabinoxylan, even after 24 h of incubation. Only monomeric arabinose was released. 1H-Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of arabinoxylan treated with this enzyme, described as (1,4)-β-d-arabinoxylan arabinofuranohydrolase, indicated a specificity towards the single-substituted xylose in arabinoxylan.