Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 52(2):226-231, 1999. cited By 28Paper doi abstract bibtex
Mechanisms regulating post-secretory limited proteolysis, carried out by the acid protease from Trichoderma reesei, were studied by following the release of α-galactosidase and multiple forms of cellobiohydrolase from this species. Both the rate of the proteolysis and the mode of action of the protease were affected by the pH of the culture medium, and only weakly dependent on the amount of the enzyme. At pH between 2.7 and 3.5 the proteolytic reaction was limited, while at lower pH proteins were completely digested. Proteolysis depended on the degree of glycosylation of secreted enzymes. Inhibition of post-secretory deglycosylation decreased the rate of limited proteolysis in the culture medium in the course of fungal growth. Glucose and cellobiose, the main products of cellulose degradation carried out by the fungal cellulolytic complex, inhibited the proteolysis of the cellobiohydrolase in a concentration-dependent manner. A 32-kDa aspartic protease (EC 126.96.36.199) secreted by T. reesei was purified to homogeneity. The acid protease cleaved α-galactosidase and cellobiohydrolase into the same proteolytic fragments that had been isolated from the culture medium.