Metalloproteins: A new face for biomass breakdown

December 22nd, 2013 by Shinya Fushinobu

Nature Chemical Biology 10, 88 (2014). doi:10.1038/nchembio.1434

Author: Shinya Fushinobu

Lytic polysaccharide mono-oxygenases oxidatively cleave the glycosidic chain on the crystalline surface of cellulose or chitin to create an entry point for hydrolytic cellulases or chitinases. The discovery of a new family of lytic polysaccharide mono-oxygenases expands the possibilities for the use of these enzymes to accelerate biomass degradation.