Colourimetric and fluorimetric substrates for the assay of limit dextrinase.
Mangan, D., McCleary, B. V., Cornaggia, C., Ivory, R., Rooney, E. & McKie, V. (2015). Journal of Cereal Science, 62, 50-57.
The measurement of limit-dextrinase (LD) (EC 126.96.36.199) in grain samples such as barley, wheat or rice can be problematic for a number of reasons. The intrinsic LD activity in these samples is extremely low and they often contain a limit-dextrinase inhibitor and/or high levels of reducing sugars. LD also exhibits transglycosylation activity that can complicate the measurement of its hydrolytic activity. A minor modification to the industrial standard Limit-Dextrizyme tablet test is suggested here to overcome this transglycosylation issue.
In addition, two new substrates are described that can be adopted for use in an auto-analyser format. 4,6-O-benzylidene-2-chloro-4-nitrophenyl-β-63-α-D-maltotriosyl-maltotrioside (BzCNPG3G3, Hexachrom) is not susceptible to transglycosylation and serves amiably as a routine quantitative assay tool with the potential to run kinetic assays due to the low pKa (∼5.5) of the chromogenic moiety while 4,6-O-benzylidene-4-methylumbelliferyl-β-63-α-D-maltotriosyl-maltotrioside (BzMUG3G3, Hexafluor) was found to be susceptible to transglycosylation with LD. It is anticipated that Hexafluor may find extensive use in applications where high sensitivity is required such as high throughput screening studies.
Colourimetric and fluorometric substrates for measurement of pullulanase activity.
McCleary, B. V., Mangan, D., McKie, V., Cornaggia, C., Ivory, R. & Rooney, E. (2014). Carbohydrate Research, 393, 60-69.
Specific and highly sensitive colourimetric and fluorometric substrate mixtures have been prepared for the measurement of pullulanase and limit-dextrinase activity and assays employing these substrates have been developed. These mixtures comprise thermostable α- and β-glucosidases and either 4,6-O-benzylidene-2-chloro-4-nitrophenyl-β-maltotriosyl (1-6) α-maltotrioside (BzCNPG3G3, 1) as a colourimetric substrate or 4,6-O-benzylidene-4-methylumbelliferyl-β-maltotriosyl (1-6) α-maltotrioside (BzMUG3G3, 2) as a fluorometric substrate. Hydrolysis of substrates 1 and 2 by exo-acting enzymes such as amyloglucosidase, β-amylase and α-glucosidase is prevented by the presence of the 4,6-O-benzylidene group on the non-reducing end D-glucosyl residue. The substrates are not hydrolysed by any α-amylases studied, (including those from Aspergillus niger and porcine pancreas) and are resistant to hydrolysis by Pseudomonas sp. isoamylase. On hydrolysis by pullulanase, the 2-chloro-4-nitrophenyl-β-maltotrioside (3) or 4-methylumbelliferyl-β-maltotrioside (4) liberated is immediately hydrolysed to D-glucose and 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol or 4-methylumbelliferone. The reaction is terminated by the addition of a weak alkaline solution leading to the formation of phenolate ions in solution whose concentration can be determined using either spectrophotometric or fluorometric analysis. The assay procedure is simple to use, specific, accurate, robust and readily adapted to automation.
Limit dextrinase from germinating barley has endotransglycosylase activity, which explains its activation by maltodextrins.
McDougall, G. J., Ross, H. A., Swanston, J. S. & Davies, H. V. (2004). Planta, 218(4), 542-551.
Limit dextrinase (EC 188.8.131.52) from germinating barley (Hordeum vulgare L) can be activated by millimolar concentrations of linear maltodextrins with a degree of polymerisation ≥ 2. The activation was assay-dependent; it was detected using assays based on the solubilisation of cross-linked dyed pullulan but not in assays that directly measured cleavage events such as the formation of new reducing termini. This strongly suggested that maltodextrins did not increase the catalytic rate of limit dextrinase i.e. this is not a true activation. On the other hand, considerable activation was noted in assays that measured pullulan degradation by reduction in viscosity. Taken together, this suggested that maltodextrins altered the mode of action of limit dextrinase, causing more rapid decreases in viscosity or greater solubilisation of dye-linked pullulan fragments per cleavage event. The proposed mechanism of activation by alteration in action pattern was reminiscent of initial work in the discovery of xyloglucan endotransglycosylase. Therefore, the ability of limit dextrinase to catalyse transglycosylation reactions into pullulan was tested and confirmed by an assay based on the incorporation of a fluorescently labelled maltotriose derivative into higher-molecular-weight products. The transglycosylation reaction was dependent on limit dextrinase activity and was enhanced in more highly purified preparations of limit dextrinase. Transglycosylation was inhibited by unlabelled maltotriose. How transglycosylation accounts for the apparent activation of limit dextrinase by maltodextrins and the physiological relevance of this novel reaction are discussed.