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Multidisciplinary involvement and potential of thermophiles

AuthorsRekadwad, Bhagwan N. ; González Grau, Juan Miguel
Issue Date2019
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
CitationFolia Microbiologica 64(3):389-406 (2019)
AbstractThe full biotechnological exploitation of thermostable enzymes in industrial processes is necessary for their commercial interest and industrious value. The heat-tolerant and heat-resistant enzymes are a key for efficient and cost-effective translation of substrates into useful products for commercial applications. The thermophilic, hyperthermophilic, and microorganisms adapted to extreme temperatures (i.e., low-temperature lovers or psychrophiles) are a rich source of thermostable enzymes with broad-ranging thermal properties, which have structural and functional stability to underpin a variety of technologies. These enzymes are under scrutiny for their great biotechnological potential. Temperature is one of the most critical parameters that shape microorganisms and their biomolecules for stability under harsh environmental conditions. This review describes in detail the sources of thermophiles and thermostable enzymes from prokaryotes and eukaryotes (microbial cell factories). Furthermore, the review critically examines perspectives to improve modern biocatalysts, its production and performance aiming to increase their value for biotechnology through higher standards, specificity, resistance, lowing costs, etc. These thermostable and thermally adapted extremophilic enzymes have been used in a wide range of industries that span all six enzyme classes. Thus, in particular, target of this review paper is to show the possibility of both high-value–low-volume (e.g., fine-chemical synthesis) and low-value–high-volume by-products (e.g., fuels) by minimizing changes to current industrial processes
Description18 páginas.-- 3 figuras.-- 2 tablas.- 188 referencias
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12223-018-0662-8
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