Enzymes and Nucleic Acids Solubilized in Hydrocarbon Solvents with the Help of Reverse Micelles

  • P. L. Luisi
  • P. Meier
  • V. E. Imre
  • A. Pande
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Various aspects of the reverse micellar systems have been discussed in these Proceedings. In general, they can be divided into two main classes: i) structural and thermodynamic studies, and ii) study of reactivity and function. Our contribution belongs to the latter class. In particular, we like to view reverse micelles as microreactors, whose dimensions and physical properties can be altered by changing the water content of the macroscopic system. Of interest to us are questions related to the peculiarities of these microreactors, namely, a) whether and to what extent they confer novel structural and reactivity properties to guest molecules, and b) whether these microreactors can be useful either for biotechnology or as biological models. In a previous review1 we have discussed various structural and reactivity properties of enzymes solubilized in AOT reverse micelles (AOT = bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate). In this article we would like to review our recent work in the area, emphasizing in particular the characterization and purity of AOT reverse micelles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Luisi
    • 1
  • P. Meier
    • 1
  • V. E. Imre
    • 1
  • A. Pande
    • 1
  1. 1.Technisch-Chemisches LaboratoriumETH-ZentrumZurichSwitzerland

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