, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 271–280 | Cite as

Investigation of endoglucanase selectivity on carboxymethyl cellulose by mass spectrometric techniques

  • Jonas Enebro
  • Dane MomcilovicEmail author
  • Matti Siika-aho
  • Sigbritt Karlsson


The benefits of applying cellulose selective enzymes as analytical tools for chemical structure characterization of cellulose derivatives have been frequently addressed over the years. In a recent study the high selectivity of cellulase Cel45A from Trichoderma reesei (Tr Cel45A) was utilized for relating the chemical structure to the flow properties of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC). However, in order to take full advantage of the enzymatic hydrolysis the enzyme selectivity on the cellulose substrate must be further investigated. Therefore, the selectivity of Tr Cel45A on CMC was studied by chemical sample preparation of the enzyme products followed by mass spectrometric chemical structure characterization. The results strongly suggest that, in accordance with recent studies, also this highly selective endoglucanase is able to catalyze hydrolysis of glucosidic bonds adjacent to mono-substituted anhydroglucose units (AGUs). Furthermore, the results also indicate that substituents on the nearby AGUs will affect the hydrolysis.


Carboxymethyl cellulose Selective hydrolysis Cellulase Permethylation MALDI ESI Mass spectrometry 



The authors thank CP Kelco for supplying carboxymethyl cellulose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonas Enebro
    • 1
  • Dane Momcilovic
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matti Siika-aho
    • 2
  • Sigbritt Karlsson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fiber and Polymer TechnologyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden
  2. 2.VTT Technical Research Center of FinlandEspooFinland

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