The phytopathogenic bacterium Pectobacteium chrysanthemi PY35 secretes Cel5Z endoglucanase belonging to the glycoside hydrolase family 5 of EC 220.127.116.11. The mutation of cel5Z::Omega gene was constructed by cloning the 2.0-kb SmaI fragment containing the streptomycin/spectinomycin-resistance gene of pHP45(Omega) into the BalI site of pPY100. The insertion of Omega fragment generated a new stop codon, removing the Ser/Thr-rich linker region and the cellulose binding domain (CBD) in the C-terminal region of cel5Z gene. By subsequent subcloning from this 4.9-kb fragment (pPY1001), a 1.0-kb (pPY1002) fragment was obtained and designated as cel5Z::Omega. The cel5Z::Omega gene had an open reading frame (ORF) of 1011 bp, encoding 336 amino acids, starting with an ATG codon and ending with a new TGA stop codon. The molecular mass of the Cel5Z::Omega protein in E. coli transformant appeared to be 32 kDa by SDS-PAGE analysis in the presence of carboxymethyl-cellulose (CMC). The Cel5Z::Omega protein hydrolyzed CMC with 1.7-fold higher activity than the intact Cel5Z cellulase.