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New Enzymes Complementing natural diversity with laboratory-based methods

ALEKSANDRA MITROVIC, ANTON GLIEDER, KARLHEINZ FLICKER*
*Corresponding author
ACIB GmbH – Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology, Petersgasse 14, Graz, Austria

Abstract

Efficient and sustainable biocatalytic processes rely on cheapenzymes and their capability to perform selective chemicalreactions. A major limitation of industrial process development is thelack of robust enzymes with novel functions or suitable propertiesfor industrial application on non natural substrates in non naturalenvironments.Therefore, a strong focus in industrial biotechnology and biocatalysisis on exploiting the natural and laboratory-generated diversity ofenzymes. New enzymes would further increase the specificity andselectivity of chemical reactions and would drive the spectrum ofbiocatalytic processes into new directions.