Study: Light-sensitive enzyme can lower cost of biofuels

04/18/2012 | BiofuelsDigest.com

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee found that exposure to certain light wavelengths can increase the productivity of the enzyme Candida antarctica lipase B by as much as 30 times, potentially lowering the cost of biofuels and other biobased products. The study shows that "introducing a compound that undergoes a light-inducible conformational change onto the surface of the protein could be used to manipulate enzyme reaction," said lead researcher Pratul Agarwal.

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