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Microbial Enzymes for Biotechnological Applications 2.0

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 213

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Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, 37134 Verona, Italy
Interests: industrial enzymology; extremozymes; biocatalysis; biorefinery; biomass valorisation; enzymatic recycling of plastics; protein engineering; CRISPR-based applications; virus biotechnology
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is a continuation of our previous Special Issue “Microbial Enzymes for Biotechnological Applications”. Microbial biocatalysts account for about 90% of the enzyme market shares. This mainly depends on the rapid multiplication, easy manipulation, and handling of the microbial cell factories if compared to other biocatalysts sources (i.e., animal, and vegetal tissues). Unlike chemical catalysts, enzymes show wider application potentials that are revolutionizing the agricultural, chemical, energy, and pharmaceutical industries.

The aim is to collect original research articles, review articles, and short communications dealing with the study of microbial biocatalysts (both isolated enzymes and whole-cell biocatalysts). We welcome fundamental studies about design and optimization of microbial enzymes as well as those addressed to the exploitation of microbial enzymes for biotechnological applications (industrial, diagnostic, environmental, etc.).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Discovery and/or characterization of new microbial enzymes (including commodity, specialty, extremophilic and polyextremophilic enzymes);
  • Functional and/or structural characterization of microbial enzymes;
  • Microbial enzymes for circular economy applications;
  • Design, optimization, and/or exploitation of whole-cell microbial biocatalysts;
  • Bioprospecting of microbial enzymes.

Dr. Salvatore Fusco
Guest Editor

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  • microbial enzymes
  • whole-cell biocatalysts
  • extremozyme
  • enzyme assays
  • protein engineering

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