One-step expression and enzyme immobilisation in cellular envelopes of Escherichia coli

Ilka Sührer, doctoral thesis Technische Universität München, 2015

Production of enzymes with combined immobilization in one process step may reduce the costs for biocatalyst preparation. Therefore, enzymes were posttranslationally anchored to the cytoplasmic membrane of E. coli. The cells were subsequently opened be expression of lysis gene E from phage PhiX174 to obtain cellular envelopes with membrane anchored enzymes in stirred-tank bioreactor processes. Thus, active biocatalysts were obtained with up to 27,000 membrane-bound enzyme molecules.


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