Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 153, Issue 6, pp 600–606 | Cite as

Degradation of the compatible solute trehalose in Ectothiorhodospira halochloris: isolation and characterization of trehalase

  • Ruth M. Herzog
  • Erwin A. Galinski
  • Hans G. Trüper
Original Papers


Trehalase, which hydrolyzes the disaccharide trehalose to α-d-glucose was isolated and partially purified (124-fold) from the phototrophic halo-alkaliphilic bacterium Ectothiorhodospira halochloris. The molecular mass was determined to be 480,000 and the isoelectric point pH 5.6. Temperature optimum was found to be 40°C and the pH-optimum 7.8–8.1. In spite of its high Km-value of 0.5 M, trehalase of E. halochloris was shown to be specific for trehalose. Trehalase is activated by phosphate which is, however, not involved in the reaction mechanism. The enzyme is activated by the compatible solute betaine and inhibited by salts. In the presence of betaine the Km-value is lowered from 0.5 M to 0.16 M; moreover, betaine partially protects enzymatic activity from salt inhibition. The findings indicate that betaine might regulate the trehalose level in the cells by affecting trehalase activity.

Key words

Ectothiorhodospira halochloris Osmoregulation Betaine Phototrophic bacteria Haloalkaliphilic bacteria Trehalase Trehalose 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth M. Herzog
    • 1
  • Erwin A. Galinski
    • 1
  • Hans G. Trüper
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Mikrobiologie der Universität BonnBonn 1Federal Republic of Germany

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