Paola Travascio

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Mimicking enzymes with alternative molecules represents an important objective in synthetic biology, aimed to obtain new chemical entities for specific applications. This objective is hampered by the large size and complexity of enzymes. The manipulation of their structures often leads to a reduction of enzyme activity. Herein, we describe the spectroscopic(More)
A new hydrophobic and catalytic membrane was prepared by immobilizing Penicillin G acylase (PGA, EC.3.5.1.11) from E. coli on a nylon membrane, chemically grafted with butylmethacrylate (BMA). Hexamethylenediamine (HMDA) and glutaraldehyde (Glu) were used as a spacer and coupling agent, respectively. PGA was used for the enzymatic synthesis of cephalexin,(More)
The behavior of three different catalytic membranes, obtained by immobilizing urease on nylon sheets chemically grafted with methyl methacrylate, was studied in a bioreactor operating under isothermal and non-isothermal conditions. Membrane activation was carried out by condensation or acyl azide reaction, and spacers of different lengths, such as(More)
The effect of methanol on the kinetically controlled synthesis of cephalexin by free and immobilized penicillin G acylase (PGA) was investigated. Catalytic and hydrophobic membranes were obtained by chemical grafting, activation, and PGA immobilization on hydrophobic nylon supports. Butyl methacrylate (BMA) was used as graft monomer. Increasing(More)
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