6. Future prospects

The need of high-yielding glycosidases with new characteristics of stability, wide substrate specificity and different stereochemistry is fulfilled by the use of thermophilic enzymes. In the case of glycosidases the stability helps in performing reaction at high temperatures and high contents of organics leading generally to an increase in yield. This benefit coupled to the wide substrate specificity and to the stereochemical information of the reaction suggest a potential application of thermophilic glycosidases in different field of biocatalysis. The synthesis of natural products for chemical Ref. 20 and biological Ref. 16,23 studies can for example be planned considering these biocatalysts as new tools in the synthesis of glycosides.


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