Biotransformations using cutinase

Peter James Baker, Jin Kim Montclare

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There is a growing interest in sustainable and environmentallyfriendly solutions for the industrial manufacturing of chemicals to replace non-renewable fossil fuel-based feedstocks. Biotransformations provide an alternative methodology to traditional reactions by taking advantage of the biochemical diversity of microorganisms to provide a chemo-, regio- and enantioselectivity, which are not always available via traditional synthetic approaches. Cutinases are enzymes secreted from phytopathogens and have been proven to be useful for several different biotransformations. This review will investigate the structure and function of cutinase. Further, it will detail cutinase activity towards both natural and non-natural substrates as well as methods employed to impart stability. Finally, we will describe the different role that cutinase has played in biotransformation reactions for biotechnology applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGreen Polymer Chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationBiocatalysis and Biomaterials
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780841225817
StatePublished - Aug 11 2010

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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