Carbohydrate Depolymerization by Intricate Cellulosomal Systems

  • Johanna Stern
  • Lior Artzi
  • Sarah Moraïs
  • Carlos M. G. A. Fontes
  • Edward A. Bayer
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1588)


Cellulosomes are multi-enzymatic nanomachines that have been fine-tuned through evolution to efficiently deconstruct plant biomass. Integration of cellulosomal components occurs via highly ordered protein–protein interactions between the various enzyme-borne dockerin modules and the multiple copies of the cohesin modules located on the scaffoldin subunit. Recently, designer cellulosome technology has been established to provide insights into the architectural role of catalytic (enzymatic) and structural (scaffoldin) cellulosomal constituents for the efficient degradation of plant cell wall polysaccharides. Owing to advances in genomics and proteomics, highly structured cellulosome complexes have recently been unraveled, and the information gained has inspired the development of designer cellulosome technology to new levels of complex organization. These higher-order designer cellulosomes have in turn fostered our capacity to enhance the catalytic potential of artificial cellulolytic complexes. In this chapter, methods to produce and employ such intricate cellulosomal complexes are reported.

Key words

Cellulosome Cellulose Cellulase Xylanase Multi-enzymatic complex 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johanna Stern
    • 1
  • Lior Artzi
    • 1
  • Sarah Moraïs
    • 1
  • Carlos M. G. A. Fontes
    • 2
  • Edward A. Bayer
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Biochemistry, Department of Biomolecular SciencesThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.CIISA – Faculdade de Medicina VeterináriaUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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