Discovery of a Fungal Copper Radical Oxidase with High Catalytic Efficiency Towards 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and Benzyl Alcohols for Bioprocessing

Alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals are highly sought-after for on-going efforts to reduce the damaging effects of human activity on the environment. Copper radical oxidases from Auxiliary Activity Family 5/Subfamily 2 (AA5_2) are attractive biocatalysts because they oxidize primary alcohols in a chemo-selective manner without complex organic cofactors. However, despite numerous studies on canonical galactose oxidases (GalOx, EC and engineered variants, and the recent discovery of a Colletotrichum graminicola copper radical alcohol oxidase (AlcOx, EC, the catalytic...


Feb 19 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Dr. Lisa Willis
University of Alberta
Feb 20 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dr. Lisa Willis
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Feb 25 2020 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm
Dr. Eugene Chen
Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University


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