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PEGylation greatly enhances laccase polymerase activity

  • ChemCatChem, 9(20), 3888-3894, 2017

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


Laccase catalyzes the oxidation and polymerization of phenolic compounds in the presence of oxygen. Herein, we report for the first time that a previous pegylation of laccase enhances the polymerase activity by 3-fold comparing with the native enzyme, as confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The polymerization of catechol increased only 1.5-fold when polyethyleneglycol (PEG) was added to the medium reaction. Molecular dynamic simulations suggest the formation of a miscible complex of polycatechol and PEG, which is responsible to push the reaction forward. In a negative control experiment set, all ...

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