Special Issue "Nitrilases and Nitrile Hydratases"
A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: biotransformation, biocatalysis; gene expression; protein purification; immobilization; nitrilases; tyrosinases; laccases
Interests: biocatalysis; organic chemistry; protein overproduction; enzymology; nitrilases; nitrile hydratases; carboxylate reductases; hydroxynitrile lyases; CYP and non-CYP drug metabolizing enzymes; formation and biotransformation of nitriles; multistep reactions
The biotechnological impact of nitrilases and nitrile hydratases has become widely acknowledged since their discovery a few decades ago. The past 10 years or so have witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of the biochemically characterized enzymes of these types, but also in the number of sequences coding for their putative homologs. The long-lasting trend in the investigation of these enzymes is their improvement towards higher activities, selectivities, and stabilities, as well as exploring new resources of enzymes. Additionally, new biocatalytic uses are being constantly identified. All these approaches are necessary for a more intensive exploitation of the enzymes in the production of fine chemicals for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries. This Special Issue will collect contributions on enhancing the biocatalytic potential of nitrilases and nitrile hydratases through, e.g., protein engineering, genome mining, metagenomic libraries screening, and new substrate and/or product identification.
We welcome submissions meeting the following criteria: (i) clear novelty; (ii) reproducibility; (iii) use of defined organisms and enzymes; (iv) focus on molecular aspects of the reactions. Papers which merely optimize known procedures or fail to clearly define the enzymes, substrates, and products will not be considered for publication. Publishing primary sequences of new enzymes is strongly encouraged.
Prof. Dr. Ludmila Martínková
Dr. Margit Winkler
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- Nitrile hydratase
- Genome mining
- Metagenomic libraries
- Protein engineering