Insights into the plant polysaccharide degradation potential of the xylanolytic yeast Pseudozyma brasiliensis

Antonio Adalberto Kaupert Neto, Gustavo Pagotto Borin, Gustavo Henrique Goldman, André Ricardo de Lima Damásio, Juliana Velasco de Castro Oliveira

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In second-generation (2G) bioethanol production, plant cell-wall polysaccharides are broken down to release fermentable sugars. The enzymes of this process are classified as carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) and contribute substantially to the cost of biofuel production. A novel basidiomycete yeast species, Pseudozyma brasiliensis, was recently discovered. It produces an endo-β-1,4-xylanase with a higher specific activity than other xylanases. This enzyme is essential for the hydrolysis of biomass-derived xylan and has an important role in 2G bioethanol production. In spite of the P. brasiliensis biotechnological potential, there is no information about how it breaks down polysaccharides. For the first time, we characterized the secretome of P. brasiliensis grown on different carbon sources (xylose, xylan, cellobiose and glucose) and also under starvation conditions. The growth and consumption of each carbohydrate and the activity of the CAZymes of culture supernatants were analyzed. The CAZymes found in its secretomes, validated by enzymatic assays, have the potential to hydrolyze xylan, mannan, cellobiose and other polysaccharides. The data show that this yeast is a potential source of hydrolases, which can be used for biomass saccharification.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalFEMS Yeast Research
Issue number2
Early online date27 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Pseudozymabrasiliensis
  • Basidiomycete
  • CAZyme
  • secretome
  • second-generationbioethanol
  • xylanolyticyeast

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