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NMR-Based Structural Glycomics for High-Throughput Screening of Carbohydrate-Active Enzyme Specificity

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posted on 15.02.2011, 00:00 by Romain Irague, Stéphane Massou, Claire Moulis, Olivier Saurel, Alain Milon, Pierre Monsan, Magali Remaud-Siméon, Jean-Charles Portais, Gabrielle Potocki-Véronèse
We report here the development of a straightforward, sensitive, and quantitative NMR-based method for high-throughput characterization of carbohydrate structure and screening of carbohydrate active enzyme (CAZyme) specificity. Automated assays starting from gene library expression to carbohydrate structure determination directly from crude reaction media have been established and successfully used to screen a library of 4032 CAZymes obtained by combinatorial engineering, at a rate of 480 enzyme variants per day. This allowed one to accurately discriminate 303 enzyme variants with altered specificity. The results demonstrate the potential of high-throughput NMR technology in glycomics, to mine artificial and natural enzyme diversity for novel biocatalysts.