High-level heterologous expression of Bacillus halodurans putative xylanase xyn11a (BH0899) in Kluyveromyces lactis

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2007 Mar;71(3):688-93. doi: 10.1271/bbb.60477. Epub 2007 Mar 7.


The putative xyn11A structural gene (BH0899) encoding a family-11 xylanase from alkaliphilic Bacillus halodurans strain C-125 was heterologously expressed in the yeast Kluyveromyces lactis CBS 1065 and secreted to a level of 156 microg/ml under selective culture conditions in shake flasks. The Xyn11A production level in shake flask cultures of K. lactis CBS 1065 was higher than that reported for other xylanase genes placed under the control of the regulated LAC4 promoter on a plasmid containing an entire sequence of pKD1 from Kluyveromyces drosophilarium. Recombinant Xyn11A was highly active over pH range from 3 to 10, with maximal activity around pH 7. The enzyme showed a specific activity of 628 U/mg-protein on birchwood xylan as substrate, but no cellulase or beta-xylosidase activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacillus / enzymology*
  • Bacterial Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Kluyveromyces / enzymology*
  • Plasmids
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Recombinant Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Recombinant Proteins / genetics
  • Xylosidases / biosynthesis*
  • Xylosidases / genetics


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Xylosidases