MetaCyc Pathway: cellulose and hemicellulose degradation (cellulolosome)
Inferred from experiment

Enzyme View:

Pathway diagram: cellulose and hemicellulose degradation (cellulolosome)

This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.

Superclasses: Degradation/Utilization/AssimilationCarbohydrates DegradationPolysaccharides DegradationCellulose Degradation
Degradation/Utilization/AssimilationPolymeric Compounds DegradationPolysaccharides DegradationCellulose Degradation
Metabolic Clusters

Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Acetivibrio cellulolyticus, Clostridium acetobutylicum, Clostridium cellulovorans, Pseudobacteroides cellulosolvens, Ruminiclostridium thermocellum, Ruminiclostridium thermocellum ATCC 27405, Ruminococcus albus, [Clostridium] cellulolyticum, [Clostridium] josui, [Clostridium] papyrosolvens

Expected Taxonomic Range: Bacteria

The strictly anaerobic, thermophilic bacterium Ruminiclostridium thermocellum is the microorganism with the fastest documented growth rate on the recalcitrant substrate crystalline cellulose [Lynd02]. Unlike fungal cellulases, Ruminiclostridium thermocellum is able to completely solubilize crystalline forms of cellulose such as cotton and avicel [Johnson82]. The organism achieves this remarkable ability by forming very large extracellular multi-enzyme complexes, known as cellulosomes. The complex has a diameter of 18 nm and a mass in excess of 2000 kDa [Shoham99]. Similar complexes are formed by related Clostridia (such as Clostridium acetobutylicum, [Clostridium] cellulolyticum, Clostridium cellulovorans, [Clostridium] josui and [Clostridium] papyrosolvens) and other anaerobic cellulose-degrading bacteria, such as Acetivibrio cellulolyticus, Pseudobacteroides cellulosolvens and Ruminococcus albus [Bayer08].

Although these bacteria cannot readily utilize carbohydrates other than cellodextrins [Demain05], the cellulosome contains not just endo- and exo-cellulases but also a number of hemicellulolytic enzymes, including xylanases, non-glucanolytic polysaccharide hydrolases and lyases, feruloyl esterases etc. The function of the non-cellulolytic enzymes is presumably the unwrapping of the cellulose crystals from the covering matrix of lignin, pectin and hemicellulose.

The cellulosome is a modular complex. The center of the complex consists of a central non-catalytic protein known as the scaffoldin (CipA), which binds up to nine catalytic subunits [Wu88]. The attachment of each catalytic subunit is mediated by the interaction of its type I dockerin domain with one of the nine type I cohesin domains of CipA [Kruus95].

CipA is, in turn, bound to the cell surface by the interaction of its type II dockerin domain with the type II cohesin domain of one of three S-layer anchor proteins, SdbA, Orf2p, or OlpB [Bayer98]. Each of these anchor proteins contains a C-terminal S-layer homology module that mediates attachment to the bacterial cell surface, and a different number of type II cohesin modules capable of binding CipA molecules. Thus different anchoring scaffoldins form cellulosome complexes of differing sizes. The smallest one, anchoring scaffoldin SdbA, contains one cohesin domain, and thus binds one CipA molecule along with the nine catalytic units bound to it. The medium size anchoring scaffoldin Orf2p contains two cohesin domains and thus binds two CipA molecules and forms complexes with 18 catalytic units. The most abundant anchor protein is anchoring scaffoldin OlpB, which contains seven cohesin domains and forms complexes of up to 63 catalytic units.

In addition to nine type I cohesin domains and a type II dockerin domain, the CipA scaffoldin also contains a type III cellulose-binding module for attachment of the complex to cellulose [Gerngross93]. Many of the catalytic units also contain carbohydrate-binding domains with differing specificities.

The exact composition of the cellulosomes depend on growth rate and the nature of substrates available. A 2007 experiment that compared the protein components of cellulosomes formed under conditions of growth on either β-D-cellobiose or avicel found significant differences [Gold07a]. Over 70 proteins that possess type I dockerin modules have been identified in the genome of Ruminiclostridium thermocellum ATCC 27405 [Pinheiro09].

Variants: cellulose degradation I (cellulosome), cellulose degradation II (fungi)

Created 04-Apr-2011 by Caspi R, SRI International


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Other References Related to Enzymes, Genes, Subpathways, and Substrates of this Pathway

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Blum00: Blum DL, Kataeva IA, Li XL, Ljungdahl LG (2000). "Feruloyl esterase activity of the Clostridium thermocellum cellulosome can be attributed to previously unknown domains of XynY and XynZ." J Bacteriol 182(5);1346-51. PMID: 10671457

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Grepinet88: Grepinet O, Chebrou MC, Beguin P (1988). "Purification of Clostridium thermocellum xylanase Z expressed in Escherichia coli and identification of the corresponding product in the culture medium of C. thermocellum." J Bacteriol 170(10);4576-81. PMID: 3139631

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Hayashi99: Hayashi H, Takehara M, Hattori T, Kimura T, Karita S, Sakka K, Ohmiya K (1999). "Nucleotide sequences of two contiguous and highly homologous xylanase genes xynA and xynB and characterization of XynA from Clostridium thermocellum." Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 51(3);348-57. PMID: 10222584

Kimura00: Kimura T, Suzuki H, Furuhashi H, Aburatani T, Morimoto K, Karita S, Sakka K, Ohmiya K (2000). "Molecular cloning, overexpression, and purification of a major xylanase from Aspergillus oryzae." Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 64(12);2734-8. PMID: 11210150

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