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This, the 6th variation of the verified textbook on biocatalysis, feeds into undergraduate and graduate classes in smooth natural chemistry, to boot being a concise creation to the sphere. New fabric comprises color pix and state of the art study.

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Esculenta [33] in which the peptide sequence was established, an overexpressed version of this enzyme (in E. coli) was prepared [41]. This system is not limited for enzyme quantity (as outlined in Sect. 3), and can accept a wide range of aromatic, heterocyclic and aliphatic aldehydes, as well as ketones, as substrates. In practical terms, a measure of the degree of enzyme inhibition by substrates is of significant value and for this system this has been quantified for a range of aldehydes, ketones and alcohols [70].

Thus the recent developments made for the (S)-Hnls for M. esculenta and H. brasiliensis are of significant value and have widened the scope of applications in the area of (S)-cyanohydrin production. Following the initial isolation of the Hnl from M. esculenta [33] in which the peptide sequence was established, an overexpressed version of this enzyme (in E. coli) was prepared [41]. This system is not limited for enzyme quantity (as outlined in Sect. 3), and can accept a wide range of aromatic, heterocyclic and aliphatic aldehydes, as well as ketones, as substrates.

Furthermore, their natural substrate is (R)-mandelonitrile. The FAD coenzyme is an important structural feature [18–23] which for Hnl activity is required in its oxidised state [24, 25]; however it is not involved in a redox reaction and may in fact be required for the overall conformational structure of the active enzyme [24–26]. It was suggested by Jorns [25] that the FAD-containing Hnls may have evolved from a single ancestoral enzyme. In contrast, the non-flavoprotein Hnls are less uniform in their biochemical properties and are isolated from a variety of plant families, such as the seedlings of Linum usitatissimum (flax) [27–29] and Sorghum bicolor (millet) [13, 14, 29–32] and the leaves of Manihot esculenta [33, 34] (manioc), Phlebodium aureum (fern) [35], Ximenia americana (sandalweed) [36, 37] and Hevea brasiliensis (rubber tree) [38–40].

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