Combining substrate specificity analysis with support vector classifiers reveals feruloyl esterase as a phylogenetically informative protein group.

Olivares-Hernández R, Sunner H, Frisvad JC, Olsson L, Nielsen J, Panagiotou G (2010) Combining substrate specificity analysis with support vector classifiers reveals feruloyl esterase as a phylogenetically informative protein group. PLOS One 5(9), e12781. PubMed

Abstract

Our understanding of how fungi evolved to develop a variety of ecological niches, is limited but of fundamental biological importance. Specifically, the evolution of enzymes affects how well species can adapt to new environmental conditions. Feruloyl esterases (FAEs) are enzymes able to hydrolyze the ester bonds linking ferulic acid to plant cell wall polysaccharides. The diversity of substrate specificities found in the FAE family shows that this family is old enough to have experienced the emergence and loss of many activities.

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doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012781 PMID: 20877647