THERMOPHILIC GLYCOSIDASES, A TOOL FOR THE ENZYMATIC SYNTHESIS OF GLYCOSIDES

Antonio Trincone*

Istituto per la Chimica di Molecole di Interesse Biologico, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Via Toiano 6, 80072 Arco Felice (Napoli) Italy

Received 20 December 1996
Accepted 12 January 1997
Published 15 January 1997


Copyright 1997 Internet Journal of Science - Biological Chemistry


Abstract

Cells and enzymes of thermophilic microorganisms can possess unique features and can offer undoubted advantages under biotechnological and enzymological viewpoints, for applications in the field of biocatalysis. This article is meant to give an overview of principal examples of application of glycosidases from thermophilic organisms, such as Sulfolobus solfataricus, Thermus thermophilus, Pyrococcus furiosus and Caldocellum saccharolyticum, for the synthesis of different glycosides useful in chemical, biological and technological studies.

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Keywords: Glycosidase, enzyme, biocatalysis, carbohydrate, thermophile


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