Use of molecularly imprinted polymers in a biotransformation process

Lei Ye, Olof Ramström, Richard J. Ansell, Mats Olle Månsson, Klaus Mosbach

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Molecularly imprinted polymers are highly stable and can be sterilised, making them ideal for use in biotransformation process. In this communication, we describe a novel application of molecularly imprinted polymers in an enzymatic reaction. The enzymatic condensation of Z-L-aspartic acid with L-phenylalanine methyl ester to give Z-L-Asp-L-Phe-OMe (Z- aspartame) was chosen as a model system to evaluate the applicability of using molecularly imprinted polymers to facilitate product formation. When the product-imprinted polymer is present, a considerable increase (40%) in product yield is obtained. Besides their use to enhance product yields, as demonstrated here, we suggest that imprinted polymers may also find use in the continuous removal of toxic compounds during biochemical reactions.

Sidor (från-till)650-655
Antal sidor6
TidskriftBiotechnology and Bioengineering
StatusPublished - 1999 sep. 20

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Polymerkemi


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