If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Carbohydrates Degradation → Sugars Degradation|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Bacillus coagulans
Expected Taxonomic Range: Bacteria
There is renewed interest in lignocellulosic biomass as a renewable feedstock for the production of ethanol and other chemicals as result of increasing fuel costs and limited resources for fossil fuels [Patel06]. Ethanol production from lignocellulose is not a straightforward process. Cellulose and hemicellulose form a complex with lignin and need to be liberated first by delignification. Cellulose and hemicellulose then need to be depolymerized to release free sugars such as glucose and xylose. These mixed hexose and pentose sugars then require fermentation to produce ethanol [Lee97c].
With the release of cellulose and hemicellulose from delignification, low acid concentrations will hydrolyze hemicellulose into monomeric sugars, while fungal cellulases are required to hydrolyze cellulose to glucose in a process called saccharification [Patel]. Fermentation of glucose to ethanol is also carried out by fungal cellulases which function optimally at 50°C and pH 5.0 [Wooley99]. The component pentose sugar of hemicellulose, xylose is not easily converted to ethanol by any organism but can be converted to lactate by lactic acid bacteria using the heterolactic fermentation pathway [Lokman91]. Lactate can be used as a source of lactic acid polymers to create biodegradeable plastics [Patel04a]. The conversion of xylose to lactate by lactic acid bacteria has limitations industrially as two of the five carbons in the pentose are converted to acetate [Garde02].
About this Pathway
Bacillus coagulans is a newly identified Gram-positive thermophilic bacterial strain that can grow and ferment at pH 5.0 and temperatures of 60°C, conditions optimal for the hydrolysis of cellulose by fungal cellulases [Patel04a]. This strain can convert both glucose and xylose to lactate [Patel06]. The conversion of xylose to lactate in Bacillus coagulans utilizes the pentose phosphate pathway (non-oxidative branch), unlike in other lactic acid bacteria which utilize the heterolactic fermentation pathway [Lokman91].
It should be noted that while Bacillus coagulans is thermophilic, and fungal cellulases function optimally at 50°C, one of the enzymes in this pathway glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase is thermolabile, and is rendered non-functional at 55°C [Crabb81].
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