Hyperthermophilic Enzymes: Their Potential in Biotechnology

Author(s): Luisa Maurelli, Alessandra Morana.

Journal Name:Current Biotechnology

Volume 2 , Issue 4 , 2013

Abstract:

Enzymes from hyperthermophiles exhibit elevated thermostability and among them, cellulases, amylases, xylanases, proteases, pectinases, lipases and esterases represent extremozymes with great potential for application in various biotechnological processes.

Currently, among the microorganisms commercially exploited, there are only a few examples of extremophiles. However, the interest towards their biocatalysts that is continuously increasing as a result of new developments in cultivation of extremophiles and success in the cloning and expression of their genes in mesophilic hosts, will increase their spread. In this review, special attention has been dedicated to the major classes of enzymes of potential interest in biotechnological applications.

Keywords: Alpha-amylase, cellulase, esterase, hyperthermophilic enzymes, lipase, pullulanase, xylanase.

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VOLUME: 2
ISSUE: 4
Year: 2013
Page: [313 - 324]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/18722083113076660032
Price: $58

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