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Enyzme immobilization on solid surfaces is one of the most relevant methods to improve enzyme activity and stability under harsh conditions over extended periods. A typically interesting application is the immobilization of laccases, multicopper enzymes oxidizing aromatic compounds, to solid surfaces in order to develop valuable tools for the elimination of(More)
Immobilization is an important method to increase enzyme stability and allow enzyme reuse. One interesting application in the field of environmental biotechnology is the immobilization of laccase to eliminate phenolic contaminants via oxidation. Fumed silica nanoparticles have interesting potential as support material for laccase immobilization via(More)
The degradation of radiolabeled 4(3',5'-dimethyl-3'-heptyl)-phenol [nonylphenol (NP)] was tested with resting cells of Sphingomonas sp. strain TTNP3. Concomitantly to the degradation of NP, a metabolite identified as hydroquinone transiently accumulated and short-chain organic acids were then produced at the expense of hydroquinone. Two other radiolabeled(More)
A new system based on laccase-modified silica nanoparticles has been developed and tested for its ability to degrade a major endocrine disrupting chemical, 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A). The nanoparticles have been produced using the Stöber method and characterized using scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and zeta-potential(More)
This paper evaluates the use of upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) bioreactors (30 degrees C, pH=7.0) to remove selenium oxyanions from contaminated waters (790 microg Se L(-1)) under methanogenic and sulfate-reducing conditions using lactate as electron donor. One UASB reactor received sulfate at different sulfate to selenate ratios, while another UASB was(More)
Considerable effort has been dedicated to the chemical depolymerization of lignin, a biopolymer constituting a possible renewable source for aromatic value-added chemicals. However, these efforts yielded limited success up until now. Efficient lignin conversion might necessitate novel catalysts enabling new types of reactions. The use of multiple catalysts,(More)
Immobilization is a fundamental method to improve both enzyme activity and stability. In the present work, the process previously described for immobilizing laccase - an enzyme oxidizing phenolic compounds - onto fumed silica was optimized, in order to efficiently produce industrially relevant amounts of a nanobiocatalyst for biological micropollutant(More)
High-throughput multiparallel activity profiling for oxygen consuming cell layers has been recently developed for extracellular flux analysis. This technology has great potential for determining the enzymatic activity of oxidoreductases (i.e., laccase) both in vivo and in vitro, which is usually measured using photometrical tests monitoring the colored(More)
The degradation of the 4(3',5'-dimethyl-3'-heptyl)-phenol (p353NP) nonylphenol isomer in cultures of Sphingomonas TTNP3 supplemented with the technical mixture of nonylphenol was first assessed. Then the radioactive and non-labelled form of these diastereomers were both synthesised. The radioactive isomers were synthesised using [ring-U-14C]-labelled phenol(More)
The removal of recalcitrant chemicals in wastewater treatment systems is an increasingly relevant issue in industrialized countries. The elimination of persistent xenobiotics such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) emitted by municipal and industrial sewage treatment plants remains an unsolved challenge. The existing efficacious physico-chemical(More)