Novel thermophilic enzymes in biotechnology

In an european project, funded by EU/BMBF, novel thermophilic enzymes for application in biotechnology are being studied. The project concentrates on the identification and the biochemical characterization of novel transferase classes, including transaminases, transketolases, prenyltransferases, methyl- and hydroxymethyl-transferases. These enzymes are important catalysts, e. g. for the synthesis of chiral compounds in pharmaceutical industry.