3 years ago

Large-scale production of a thermostable Rhodothermus marinus cellulase by heterologous secretion from Streptomyces lividans

Kristel Bernaerts, Solveig Ólafsdottir, Kostantinos C. Tsolis, Joana Sofia Martins Basílio, Anastassios Economou, Lieve Van Mellaert, Mohamed Belal Hamed, Gudmundur Oli Hreggvidsson, Spyridoula Karamanou, Jozef Anné, Olafur H. Fridjonsson, Eik Elísabet Guðmundsdóttir, Kenneth Simoens



The gene encoding a thermostable cellulase of family 12 was previously isolated from a Rhodothermus marinus through functional screening. CelA is a protein of 260 aminoacyl residues with a 28-residue amino-terminal signal peptide. Mature CelA was poorly synthesized in some Escherichia coli strains and not at all in others. Here we present an alternative approach for its heterologous production as a secreted polypeptide in Streptomyces.


CelA was successfully over-expressed as a secreted polypeptide in Streptomyces lividans TK24. To this end, CelA was fused C-terminally to the secretory signal peptide of the subtilisin inhibitor protein (Sianidis et al. in J Biotechnol. 121: 498–507, 2006) from Streptomyces venezuelae and a new cloning strategy developed. Optimal growth media and conditions that stall biomass production promote excessive CelA secretion. Under optimal growth conditions in nutrient broth medium, significant amounts of mature CelA (50–90 mg/L or 100–120 mg/g of dry cell weight) are secreted in the spent growth media after 7 days. A protocol to rapidly purify CelA to homogeneity from culture supernatants was developed and specific anti-sera raised against it. Biophysical, biochemical and immmuno-detection analyses indicate that the enzyme is intact, stable and fully functional. CelA is the most thermostable heterologous polypeptide shown to be secreted from S. lividans.


This study further validates and extends the use of the S. lividans platform for production of heterologous enzymes of industrial importance and extends it to active thermostable enzymes. This study contributes to developing a platform for poly-omics analysis of protein secretion in S. lividans.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12934-017-0847-x

DOI: 10.1186/s12934-017-0847-x

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