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Oxidation Catalysis by Enzymes in Microemulsions

Institute of Biology, Medicinal Chemistry & Biotechnology, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, Vassileos Constantinou Ave., 11635 Athens, Greece
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Academic Editor: Véronique Nardello-Rataj
Catalysts 2017, 7(2), 52;
Received: 12 January 2017 / Revised: 27 January 2017 / Accepted: 4 February 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
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Microemulsions are regarded as “the ultimate enzyme microreactors” for liquid oxidations. Their structure, composed of water nanodroplets dispersed in a non-polar medium, provides several benefits for their use as media for enzymatic transformations. They have the ability to overcome the solubility limitations of hydrophobic substrates, enhance the enzymatic activity (superactivity phenomenon) and stability, while providing an interface for surface-active enzymes. Of particular interest is the use of such systems to study biotransformations catalyzed by oxidative enzymes. Nanodispersed biocatalytic media are perfect hosts for liquid oxidation reactions catalyzed by many enzymes such as heme peroxidases, phenoloxidases, cholesterol oxidase, and dehydrogenases. The system’s composition and structural properties are important for better understanding of nanodispersion-biocatalyst interactions. View Full-Text
Keywords: biocatalysis; detergentless microemulsions; liquid oxidations; heme peroxidases; phenoloxidases; cholesterol oxidase; dehydrogenases biocatalysis; detergentless microemulsions; liquid oxidations; heme peroxidases; phenoloxidases; cholesterol oxidase; dehydrogenases

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Mitsou, E.; Xenakis, A.; Zoumpanioti, M. Oxidation Catalysis by Enzymes in Microemulsions. Catalysts 2017, 7, 52.

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