A xylanase produced by the rumen anaerobic protozoan Polyplastron multivesiculatum shows close sequence similarity to family 11 xylanases from Gram-positive bacteria

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We report for the first time the cloning and characterisation of a protozoal enzyme involved in plant cell wall polysaccharide degradation. A cDNA library was constructed from the ruminal protozoan Polyplastron multivesiculatum and a stable clone expressing xylanase activity was isolated. The encoded enzyme belongs to the glycoside hydrolase family 11, and phylogenetic analysis indicates a closer relationship with catalytic domains from Gram-positive bacteria than the other fibrolytic eukaryotes from the rumen, the anaerobic fungi. Copyright (C) 1999.

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Devillard, E., Newbold, C. J., Scott, K. P., Forano, E., Wallace, R. J., Jouany, J. P., & Flint, H. J. (1999). A xylanase produced by the rumen anaerobic protozoan Polyplastron multivesiculatum shows close sequence similarity to family 11 xylanases from Gram-positive bacteria. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 181(1), 145–152. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-1097(99)00525-X

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