Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 97, Issue 16, pp 7241–7251 | Cite as

An esterase from the basidiomycete Pleurotus sapidus hydrolyzes feruloylated saccharides

  • Diana Linke
  • Rene Matthes
  • Manfred Nimtz
  • Holger Zorn
  • Mirko Bunzel
  • Ralf G. Berger
Biotechnologically relevant enzymes and proteins


Investigating the secretion of esterases by the basidiomycetous fungus Pleurotus sapidus in a Tween 80-rich nutrient medium, an enzyme was discovered that hydrolyzed the ester bond of feruloylated saccharides. The enzyme was purified by ion exchange and size exclusion chromatography. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis showed a monomeric protein of about 55 kDa. The complete coding sequence with an open reading frame of 1,665 bp encoded a protein (Est1) consisting of 554 amino acids. The enzyme showed no significant homology to any published feruloyl esterase sequences, but possessed putative conserved domains of the lipase/esterase superfamily. Substrate specificity studies classified the new enzyme as type-A feruloyl esterase, hydrolyzing methyl ferulate, methyl sinapate, and methyl p-coumarate but no methyl caffeate. The enzyme had a pH optimum of 6 and a temperature optimum at 50 °C. Ferulic acid was efficiently released from ferulated saccharides, and the feruloyl esterase exhibited moderate stability in biphasic systems (50 % toluene or tert-butylmethyl ether).


Fungi Basidiomycete Pleurotus sapidus Feruloyl esterase Ferulated saccharides 



We are grateful to E. Allerdings, A. Heinze, and C. Tyl for experimental support. NMR instrumentation was provided with funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (BIR-961477), the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the Minnesota Medical Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana Linke
    • 1
  • Rene Matthes
    • 1
  • Manfred Nimtz
    • 2
  • Holger Zorn
    • 3
  • Mirko Bunzel
    • 4
  • Ralf G. Berger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Lebensmittelchemie der Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Helmholtz Zentrum für InfektionsforschungBraunschweigGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Lebensmittelchemie und LebensmittelbiotechnologieJustus-Liebig-Universität GießenGießenGermany
  4. 4.Department of Food Science and NutritionUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

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