Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 122, Issue 3, pp 275–280 | Cite as

Temperature response of trehalase from a mesophilic (Neurospora crassa) and a thermophilic (Thermomyces lanuginosus) fungus

  • A. R. S. Prasad
  • Ramesh Maheshwari


The purified trehalases of the mesophilic fungus, Neurospora crassa, and the thermophilic fungus, Thermomyces lanuginosus, had similar temperature and pH optima for activity, but differed in molecular weight, electrophoretic mobility and Michaelis constant. At lower concentration, trehalases from both fungi were inactivated to similar extent at 60°C. While purified trehalase of T. lanuginosus was afforded protection against heat-inactivation by proteinaceous protective factor(s) present in mycelial extracts, by bovine serum albumin and by casein, these did not afford protection to N. crassa trehalase against heat inactivation. Both trehalases exhibited discontinuous Arrhenius plots with temperature of discontinuity at 40°C. The activation energy calculated from the slope of the Arrhenius plot was higher for the T. lanuginosus enzyme. The plots of apparent Km versus 1/T for trehalases of N. crassa and T. lanuginosus were linear from 30° to 60°C.

The results show that purified trehalases of the mesophilic and the thermophilic fungus are distinct. Although, these exhibit similar thermostability of their catalytic function at low concentration, distinctive thermal stability characteristics of thermophilic enzyme become apparent at high protein concentration. This could be brought about in the cell by the enzyme itself, or by other proteins.

Key words

Neurospora crassa Thermomyces lanuginosus Humicola lanuginosa Mesophilic fungus Thermophilic fungus Trehalase Heat inactivation Temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. S. Prasad
    • 1
  • Ramesh Maheshwari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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