Karl F Schilke

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The enzyme manganese peroxidase (MnP) is produced by numerous white-rot fungi to overcome biomass recalcitrance caused by lignin. MnP acts directly on lignin and increases access of the woody structure to synergistic wood-degrading enzymes such as cellulases and xylanases. Recombinant MnP (rMnP) can be produced in the yeast Pichia pastoris alphaMnP1-1 in(More)
Loss of activity through aggregation and surface-induced denaturation is a significant problem in the production, formulation and administration of therapeutic proteins. Surfactants are commonly used in upstream and downstream processing and drug formulation. However, the effectiveness of a surfactant strongly depends on its mechanism(s) of action and(More)
Many industrially important reactions use immobilized enzymes in non-aqueous, organic systems, particularly for the production of chiral compounds such as pharmaceutical precursors. The addition of a spacer molecule ("tether") between a supporting surface and enzyme often substantially improves the activity and stability of enzymes in aqueous solution. Most(More)
Passage of blood through a sorbent device for removal of bacteria and endotoxin by specific binding with immobilized, membrane-active, bactericidal peptides holds promise for treating severe blood infections. Peptide insertion in the target membrane and rapid/strong binding is desirable, while membrane disruption and release of degradation products to the(More)
Thiol groups were introduced to unfractionated heparin (UFH) and end-aminated heparin (HepNH(2)) by reaction with 2-iminothiolane under conditions favoring selective modification of terminal over primary amines. End-thiolated heparin retained anticoagulant activity as shown by the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and anti-Factor Xa (anti-FXa)(More)
The use of silicon dioxide (SiO(2) ) nanosprings as supports for immobilized enzymes in a continuous microreactor is described. A nanospring mat (2.2 cm(2) × 60 μm thick) was functionalized with γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, then treated with N-succinimidyl-3-(2-pyridyldithio)-propionate (SPDP) and dithiothreitol (DTT) to produce surface thiol (--SH)(More)
The cationic, amphiphilic peptide nisin is an effective inhibitor of gram-positive bacteria whose mode of action does not encourage pathogenic resistance, and its proper incorporation into food packaging could enhance food stability, safety, and quality in a number of circumstances. Sufficiently small peptides have been shown to integrate into otherwise(More)
The adsorption and elution of the antimicrobial peptide nisin at silanized silica surfaces coated to present pendant polyethylene oxide chains was detected in situ by zeta potential measurements. Silica microspheres were treated with trichlorovinylsilane to introduce hydrophobic vinyl groups, followed by self assembly of the polyethylene oxide-polypropylene(More)
Thiol (-SH) groups were introduced into unfractionated heparin by reaction of carboxyl groups in its uronic acid residues with 3,3'dithiobis(propanoic)hydrazide. Thiolated heparin derivatives were then linked to pyridyl disulfide-activated polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide triblocks, which had previously been coated onto the surfaces(More)
Cationic amphiphilic peptides have been engineered to target both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria while avoiding damage to other cell types. However, the exact mechanism of how these peptides target, bind, and disrupt bacterial cell membranes is not understood. One specific peptide that has been engineered to selectively capture bacteria is WLBU2(More)