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Anja Hemschemeier and Thomas Happe consider DNA enzymes as ecologically and economically worthwhile – and feasible. © RUB, Kramer

Synthetic DNA-based enzymes

Nat. Rev. Chem.: In nature, enzymes are mostly made of proteins. This might change in a not too distant future, according to a review article published by a research team from Bochum.

Enzymes perform very specific functions and require only little energy - which is why the biocatalysts are also of interest to the chemical industry. In a review article published in the journal Nature Reviews Chemistry, Professor Thomas Happe and Associate Professor Anja Hemschemeier from the Photobiotechnology work group at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have provided a summary on what is known about the mechanisms of enzymes in nature. Moreover, the authors outline a future vision: artificial biocatalysts that are not protein-based, as they usually are in nature, but which are rather made from DNA. The article was published on 17 August 2018.

 

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