• cell-free synthetic biology;
  • cellulose-binding module;
  • enzyme immobilization;
  • phosphoglucose isomerase;
  • protein purification;
  • synthetic pathway biotransformation;
  • thermoenzyme


One-step enzyme purification and immobilization were developed based on simple adsorption of a family 3 cellulose-binding module (CBM)-tagged protein on the external surface of high-capacity regenerated amorphous cellulose (RAC). An open reading frame (ORF) Cthe0217 encoding a putative phosphoglucose isomerase (PGI, EC from a thermophilic bacterium Clostridium thermocellum was cloned and the recombinant proteins with or without CBM were over-expressed in Escherichia coli. The rate constant (kcat) and Michaelis–Menten constant (Km) of CBM-free PGI at 60°C were 2,765 s−1 and 2.89 mM, respectively. PGI was stable at a high protein concentration of 0.1 g/L but deactivated rapidly at low concentrations. Immobilized CBM (iCBM)-PGI on RAC was extremely stable at ∼60°C, nearly independent of its mass concentration in bulk solution, because its local concentration on the solid support was constant. iCBM-PGI at a low concentration of 0.001 g/L had a half-life time of 190 h, approximately 80-fold of that of free PGI. Total turn-over number of iCBM-PGI was as high as 1.1 × 109 mole of product per mole of enzyme at 60°C. These results suggest that a combination of low-cost enzyme immobilization and thermoenzyme led to an ultra-stable enzyme building block suitable for cell-free synthetic pathway biotransformation that can implement complicated biochemical reactions in vitro. © 2011 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 2011.