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Special Issue "Biotechnological Application of Carbohydrate Active Enzymes"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marco Moracci
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1. Institute of Biosciences and BioResources - National Research Council of Italy, Via P. Castellino 111, 80131 Naples, Italy
2. Department of Biology, University of Naples “Federico II”, Complesso Universitario di Monte S. Angelo, Via Cintia 21, 80126 Napoli, Italy
3. Task Force on Microbiome Studies, University of Naples Federico II, 80126 Naples, Italy
Interests: enzymes from extremophiles; carbohydrate active enzymes; biotechnology of extremophiles
Prof. Dr. Samir Bejar
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Centre de Biotechnologie de Sfax (CBS), Université de Sfax BP 1177, Route Sidi Mansour Km 6, Sfax 3018, Tunisia
Interests: enzymes; biochemistry; industrial biotechnology; biochemical analysis; biochemical assays; sugar; industrial microbiology; analytical biochemistry; biochemical characterization; structural bioinformatics and structura
Dr. Beatrice Cobucci-Ponzano
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Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, National Research Council of Italy - CNR, Via P. Castellino, 111 - 80131 Naples, Italy
Interests: structure/function relationship of proteins and enzymes; mechanistic aspects related to hydrolysis and enzymatic synthesis of glycosides; CAZymes
Dr. Andrea Strazzulli
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Department of Biology - University of Naples “Federico II” (UNINA), Edificio 7, Complesso Universitario di Monte S. Angelo, Strada Vicinale Cupa Cintia, 21, 80126 Napoli, Italy
Interests: carbohydrate active enzymes; CAZymes; identification of novel glycosidases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) are classified as enzymes involved in the assembly, modification, and breakdown of carbohydrate substrates. They are grouped into five different classes which comprise glycoside hydrolases (GH), glycosyl transferases (GT), carbohydrate esterases (CE), polysaccharide lyases (PL), and auxiliary activities (AA).

Among enzymatic activities, CAZymes play a key role and show great application potential in different biotechnological processes, including, for example, the hydrolysis of polysaccharides to obtain fermentable sugars in second-generation biorefineries, the development of biosensors, the synthesis of oligosaccharides of nutraceutical interest, as well as the synthesis and modification of bioactive molecules of industrial and pharmacological interest.

In this scenario, this Special Issue aims to collect new research results focused on the biotechnological application of CAZymes, including their characterization, modification, and engineering of their catalytic machinery, and physicochemical properties.

Authors are encouraged to submit their original research and review articles.

The following topics are relevant to this Special Issue:

  • Discovery of novel CAZymes;
  • Characterization of CAZymes of biotechnological interest;
  • Optimization of enzyme production;
  • Engineering of CAZymes;
  • Catalytic property optimization;
  • Enzymatic cocktails for polysaccharide hydrolysis;
  • Chemoenzymatic approaches for the synthesis of glycoconjugates.

Prof. Dr. Marco Moracci
Prof. Dr. Samir Bejar
Dr. Beatrice Cobucci-Ponzano
Dr. Andrea Strazzulli  
Guest Editors

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