Laccase is one of the oldest known and intensively studied fungal enzymes capable of oxidizing recalcitrant lignin-resembling phenolic compounds. It is currently well established that fungal genomes almost always contain several non-allelic copies of laccase genes (laccase multigene families); nevertheless, many aspects of laccase multigenicity, for example, their precise biological functions or evolutionary relationships, are mostly unknown. Here, we present a detailed evolutionary analysis of the sensu stricto laccase genes (CAZy - AA1_1) from fungi of the Polyporales order. The conducted analysis provides a better understanding of the Polyporales laccase multigenicity and allows for the systemization of the individual features of different laccase isozymes. In addition, we provide a comparison of the biochemical and catalytic properties of the four laccase isozymes from Trametes hirsuta and suggest their functional diversification within the multigene family.
Savinova, O. S., Moiseenko, K. V., Vavilova, E. A., Chulkin, A. M., Fedorova, T. V., Tyazhelova, T. V., & Vasina, D. V. (2019). Evolutionary relationships between the laccase genes of polyporales: Orthology-based classification of laccase isozymes and functional insight from trametes hirsuta. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10(FEB). https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.00152