Joona Rouvinen

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Phytic acid (myo-inositol hexakisphosphate, InsP(6)) hydrolysis by Bacillus phytase (PhyC) was studied. The enzyme hydrolyses only three phosphates from phytic acid. Moreover, the enzyme seems to prefer the hydrolysis of every second phosphate over that of adjacent ones. Furthermore, it is very likely that the enzyme has two alternative pathways for the(More)
The enzymatic degradation of cellulose is an important process, both ecologically and commercially. The three-dimensional structure of a cellulase, the enzymatic core of CBHII from the fungus Trichoderma reesei reveals an alpha-beta protein with a fold similar to but different from the widely occurring barrel topology first observed in triose phosphate(More)
Trichoderma reesei cellobiohydrolase Cel6A (formerly CBHII) has a tunnel shaped active site with four internal subsites for the glucose units. We have predicted an additional ring stacking interaction for a sixth glucose moiety with a tryptophan residue (W272) found on the domain surface. Mutagenesis of this residue selectively impairs the enzyme function(More)
Thermal stability and other functional properties of Trichoderma reesei endo-1,4-beta-xylanase II (XYNII; family 11) were studied by designed mutations. Mutations at three positions were introduced to the XYNII mutant containing a disulfide bridge (S110C-N154C) in the alpha-helix. The disulfide bridge increased the half-life of XYNII from less than 1 min to(More)
We have solved a crystal structure from Melanocarpus albomyces laccase expressed in the filamentous fungus Trichoderma reesei (rMaL) at 1.3A resolution by using synchrotron radiation at 100K. At the moment, this is the highest resolution that has been attained for any multicopper oxidase. The present structure confirmed our earlier proposal regarding the(More)
Acetylxylan esterase from Trichoderma reesei removes acetyl side groups from xylan. The crystal structure of the catalytic core of the enzyme was solved at 1.9 A resolution. The core has an alpha/beta/alpha sandwich fold, similar to that of homologous acetylxylan esterase from Penicillium purpurogenum and cutinase from Fusarium solani. All three enzymes(More)
Trichoderma reesei cellobiohydrolase II (CBHII) is an exoglucanase cleaving primarily cellobiose units from the non-reducing end of cellulose chains. The beta-1,4 glycosidic bond is cleaved by acid catalysis with an aspartic acid, D221, as the likely proton donor, and another aspartate, D175, probably ensuring its protonation and stabilizing charged(More)
Family 1 of glycosyl hydrolases is a large and biologically important group of enzymes. A new three-dimensional structure of this family, beta-glucosidase from Bacillus circulans sp. alkalophilus is reported here. This is the first structure of beta-glucosidase from an alkaliphilic organism. The model was determined by the molecular replacement method and(More)
Melanocarpus albomyces laccase crystals were soaked with 2,6-dimethoxyphenol, a common laccase substrate. Three complex structures from different soaking times were solved. Crystal structures revealed the binding of the original substrate and adducts formed by enzymatic oxidation of the substrate. The dimeric oxidation products were identified by mass(More)
Laccases are phenol oxidases that belong to the family of multi-copper oxidases and the superfamily of cupredoxins. A number of potential industrial applications for laccases have led to intensive structure-function studies and an increased amount of crystal structures has been solved. The objective of this review is to summarize and analyze available(More)