What is it about?

Oxizymes are oxidative enzymes that catalyze a wide range of industrial useful reactions by using molecular oxygen or hydrogen peroxide as co-substrate. In this article we summarize the properties of flavin-, heme- and copper-dependent oxizymes and their applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics and biorefinery industries.

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Why is it important?

Chemical oxidation reactions, although interesting from a synthetic point of view, are difficult to control in the artificial environment of man-made industry. This and the growing awareness of sustainability issues make oxidative enzymes with their high chemo-, regio- and enantioselectivities valuable targets for a wide range of applications.


The recent improvements in the production of oxizymes at large scale hold great promise for the successful application of these versatile biocatalysts in different industries.

Professor Willem J.H. van Berkel
Wageningen University

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This page is a summary of: Oxizymes for Biotechnology, Current Biotechnology, July 2015, Bentham Science Publishers, DOI: 10.2174/2211550104666150423202036.
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