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Trends Biotechnol. 2000 Mar;18(3):103-7.

Cold-adapted enzymes: from fundamentals to biotechnology.

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  • 1Laboratory of Biochemistry, Institute of Chemistry, University of Liège, Sart-Tilman, B-4000 Liège, Belgium. ch.gerday@ulg.ac.be

Abstract

Psychrophilic enzymes produced by cold-adapted microorganisms display a high catalytic efficiency and are most often, if not always, associated with high thermosensitivity. Using X-ray crystallography, these properties are beginning to become understood, and the rules governing their adaptation to cold appear to be relatively diverse. The application of these enzymes offers considerable potential to the biotechnology industry, for example, in the detergent and food industries, for the production of fine chemicals and in bioremediation processes.

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