Bioconversion of Acrylonitrile to Acrylamide Using a Thermostable Nitrile Hydratase

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Although providing an attractive route for production of acrylamide from acrylonitrile, utilization of nitrile hydratase enzymes has been limited by the requirement for low temperature bioconversion conditions. This report summarizes a search for thermostable nitrile hydratases from aerobic moderate thermophiles screened for ability to grow on acrylonitrile at concentrations to 1% at elevated temperatures. A new isolate Bacillus sp. BR449 constitutively expresses a thermostable nitrile hydratase with properties including low substrate inhibition and broad temperature range with optimal activity at 55° C. With prolonged exposure, BR449 nitrile hydratase exhibited temperature-dependent inactivation by acrylonitrile, which is attributed to alkyla-tion of nucleophilic sites on the enzyme.

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Nitrile hydratase thermophile acrylamide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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