Handbook of Carbohydrate-Modifying Biocatalysts

Peter Grunwald

August 12, 2016 by Pan Stanford
Reference - 1056 Pages - 98 Color & 2198 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814669788 - CAT# N11845
Series: Pan Stanford Series on Biocatalysis

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  • Imparts fundamental knowledge of the properties of carbohydrate-modifying enzymes and microorganisms and discusses their application potential
  • Written by reckoned scientists, considering theoretical as well as experimental aspects of the respective research field
  • Represents the state of the art of the treated topics
  • Each chapter supplemented by an actual and comprehensive list of references for further


This book provides an actual overview of the structure, function, and application of carbohydrate-modifying biocatalysts. Carbohydrates have been disregarded for a long time by the scientific community, mainly due to their complex structure. Meanwhile, the situation changed with increasing knowledge about the key role carbohydrates play in biological processes such as recognition, signal transduction, immune responses, and others. An outcome of research activities in glycoscience is the development of several new pharmaceuticals against serious diseases such as malaria, cancer, and various storage diseases. Furthermore, the employment of carbohydrate-modifying biocatalysts—enzymes as well as microorganisms—will contribute significantly to the development of environmentally friendly processes boosting a shift of the chemical industry from petroleum- to bio-based production of chemicals from renewable resources.

The updated content of the second edition of this book has been extended by discussing the current state of the art of using recombinantly expressed carbohydrate-modifying biocatalysts and the synthesis of minicellulosomes in connection with consolidated bioprocessing of lignocellulosic material. Furthermore, a synthetic biology approach for using DAHP-dependent aldolases to catalyze asymmetric aldol reactions is presented.


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