Substrate competition and specificity at the active site of amylopullulanase from Clostridium thermohydrosulfuricum

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1990 Jan 15;166(1):126-32. doi: 10.1016/0006-291x(90)91920-n.


A highly thermostable pullulanase purified from Clostridium thermohydrosulfuricum strain 39E displayed dual activity with respect to glycosidic bond cleavage. The enzyme cleaved alpha-1,6 bonds in pullulan, while it showed alpha-1,4 activity against malto-oligosaccharides. Kinetic analysis of the purified enzyme in a system which contained both pullulan and amylose as the two competing substrates were used to distinguish the dual specificity of the enzyme from the single substrate specificity known for pullulanases and alpha-amylases.

MeSH terms

  • Binding Sites
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Clostridium / enzymology*
  • Glycoside Hydrolases / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Glycoside Hydrolases / metabolism*
  • Kinetics
  • Mathematics


  • Glycoside Hydrolases
  • pullulanase