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Ribitsch, D; Guebitz, GM.
(2021): Tuning of adsorption of enzymes to polymer
METHOD ENZYMOL. 2021; 648: 293-315. FullText FullText_BOKU

In the past years, several serine hydrolases such as cutinases, esterases and lipases have shown the ability to degrade not only natural polymers but also synthetic polyesters, even aromatic representatives like polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Hence, cutinases and related ester hydrolases have become very important to be applied in the biocatalytic plastic recycling as green alternative to chemical recycling as well as to the functionalization of polyester surfaces in order to change superficial properties like hydrophobicity or hydrophilicity. Sorption characteristics of the enzymes to the polymers have turned out to be a crucial process for efficient polymer hydrolysis. Hence, special attention was paid on tuning the sorption of the enzymes to the hydrophobic polymers. Engineering of the enzyme surface, fusion of hydrophobic substrate-binding domains or truncation of domains hindering the access of the polymer to the enzyme has led to significant improvement of sorption processes and consequently increased activity on the bulky substrate. Finally, the combination of engineering approaches has proved that they can bring additional advantages in improving the enzyme activity when used in a synergistic manner.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Gübitz Georg
Ribitsch Doris

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