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Plastic degrading enzyme's crystal structure solved

from Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Using enzymes to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) — otherwise known as plastic — has shown great promise over the last few years, sparked by the 2016 discovery of a bacterium that grows on PET and partially feeds on it. Now, new research from the University of Greifswaldin in Germany has determined the crystal structure of active ligand-free MHETase and MHETase bound to a nonhydrolyzable MHET analog. Future goals include working on optimizing the enzymes PETase and MHETase for the decomposition of PET. more


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