Special Issue "Biocatalysis and Biotransformation of Extremozymes"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Biocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giuseppe Perugino
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Guest Editor
Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, Department of Biology Agriculture and Food Sciences, National Research Council of Italy, Via Pietro Castellino 111, 80131 Naples, Italy
Interests: expression; purification and characterization of DNA- and carbohydrate-active enzymes from (hyper)thermophilic organisms; protein engineering for enzyme optimization employed as biotechnological tools
Prof. Dr. Isaac Cann
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Guest Editor
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, USA
Interests: molecular biology and biochemistry of archaeal DNA replication; enzymes of plant cell wall hydrolysis
Dr. Anna Valenti
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Co-Guest Editor
Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
Interests: DNA metabolism and biochemical analysis of proteins and enzymes in particular related to DNA structure regulation and to the safeguard of genomic stability in (hyper)thermophiles
Dr. Cinzia Verde
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Co-Guest Editor
Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
Interests: structure and function of cold-adapted proteins in marine organisms; evolutionary and physiological adaptations; oxidative/nitrosative stress; NO biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Normal is passé, extreme is chic”, as NASA’s Lynn J. Rothschild and Rocco L. Mancinelli said some years ago. The discovery of extreme environments and organisms which thrive in them had an impact on science similar to that on the refutation of the Ptolemaic vision. The awareness that the definition of life was very far from its "anthropocentric" connotation has in fact given a huge boost in various fields of knowledge, from basic research on the origin of life to astrobiology (life outside the Earth).

Undoubtedly, extremophilic microorganisms represent an impressive "treasure chest" of new enzymes, and their associated studies have led to the realization that biocatalysis goes beyond mild conditions, pushing the boundaries of pH, temperature, pressure, ionic environments and solvents, thought before to be destructive to biomolecules. Although yet to be fully realized, our understanding of the tenets underlying enzymatic function under extreme reaction conditions has led to the identification of some of the molecular mechanisms that play key roles in the success of extremozymes. Our expanded knowledge of the evolutionary trajectories of diverse enzymes across different environmental gradients therefore offers the opportunity to improve enzymes in terms of stability and activity, and/or the development of efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly industrial technologies.

This Special Issue is devoted to basic research on enzymes that function under harsh reaction conditions, for example in DNA transactions at high temperatures and/or radiations, or cellular metabolism under freezing water. We further welcome applied research that employs these biocatalysts in different “biotech” fields, including in the decomposition of hardly soluble and insoluble polymers for sustainable energy production and in food and detergent industries.

Reviews and original research papers from fundamental research to industrial application are welcome.

The main topics include but are not limited to:

- Enzyme evolution and adaptation;

- Catalysis at temperature extremes;

- Stabilization of mesophilic enzymes by protein engineering;

- DNA-associated extremozymes;

- Enzymes in polar environments;

- Extremophiles catalysts for sustainable bio-refineries;

- Novel and sustainable enzymes from marine extremophilic sources;

- Biotechnology of extremozymes.


Dr. Giuseppe Perugino
Prof. Dr. Isaac Cann
Dr. Anna Valenti
Dr. Cinzia Verde
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • extremozyme
  • biotechnological tools
  • biotransformation in harsh conditions
  • rational and irrational enzyme engineering
  • enzyme evolution
  • origin of life
  • biocatalysis

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