25 May 2018
2 Mar 2018
22 Feb 2018
Ramiro Martínez, Account Manager of Novozymes Spain, visited the Applied Biocatalysis Group. It was a good opportunity to share the latest developments and applications of industrial enzymes, and to continue the fruitful collaboration of our group with Novozymes.
14 Jan 2018
Francisco Plou is one of the Editors of the Special Issue “Biocatalysis in Spain:A field of success and innovation” published by the journal Biocatalysis and Biotransformation (Taylor & Francis), which covers the work of several Spanish groups in the field of biocatalysis. Thus, both research articles and reviews allow one to draw an accurate view of the state-of-the-art development of this subject in Spain.
14 Jul 2017
Paloma Santos-Moriano defended her Thesis by the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) entitled "Biocatalytic processes for the production of bioactive carbohydrates: fructooligosaccharides and chitooligosaccharides", supervised by Dr. Francisco J. Plou. She obtained the maximum qualification (Sobresaliente cum laude). The jury was formed by Dr. Jose L. Copa-Patiño (University of Alcala), Dr. Javier Moreno (CIAL, UAM-CSIC), Dr. Beatriz Gullon (University of Santiago de Compostela), Dr. Pamela Torres (Repsol) and Dr. Miguel Remacha (UAM). CONGRATULATIONS!
7 Jul 2017
29 Jun 2017
SECAT 2017, "Catalysis for a more sustainable world") held in Oviedo (26-28 June 2017). The talk was entitled "Enzymatic glycosylation of two bioactive polyphenols: hydroxityrosol and epigallocatechin gallate", by Noa Míguez, María Gimeno-Pérez, José Luis González-Alfonso, Mercedes Ramírez-Escudero, Laura Leemans, Antonio O. Ballesteros, Julia Sanz-Aparicio, María Fernández-Lobato and Francisco J. Plou.
22 Jun 2017
The Applied Biocatalysis Group at CSIC has contributed to the Spanish Congress of Biotechnology (BIOTEC 2017) held in Murcia (18-21 June 2017) with one oral presentation (by Paloma Santos-Moriano) and three poster presentations (by Jose L. Gonzalez-Alfonso, Noa Miguez and Fadia Cervantes). We have presented our latest advances in the synthesis of prebiotic oligosachharides, novel carbohydrates and glycosides of plant polyphenols.
14 Jun 2017
1 Apr 2017
Reference: “Enzymatic production of fully deacetylated chitooligosaccharides and their neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties”. P. Santos-Moriano, L. Fernandez-Arrojo, M. Mengibar, E. Belmonte-Reche, P. Peñalver, F.N. Acosta, P. Kidibule, A.O. Ballesteros, J.C. Morales, M. Fernandez-Lobato and F.J. Plou. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation (2017), doi: 10.1080/10242422.2017.1295231
10 Mar 2017
10 Oct 2016
The XVIII meeting of the LIGNOCEL Network (Biotechnology of Lignocellulolosic Materials), took place in Jaen (October 6-7 2016), Our group presented the work “Lipase-catalyzed preparation of mono- and diesters of ferulic acid”. The meeting was very fruitful to establish new collaborations between research groups involved in the exploitation of lignocellulosic residues.
27 Sep 2016
VI Congress of Industrial Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology (CMIBM’16) held at the University of Leon, Spain (September 12-14, 2016). The Congress was auspiced by the Spanish Society of Microbiology. Our group presented an abstract entitled "Production of galactooligosaccharides using Kluyveromyces lactis permeabilized cells: effect of entrapment in alginate"
23 Sep 2016
Chitooligosaccharides (COS), obtained by chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis of chitosan, are more soluble and exhibit enhanced biological activities compared with the polysaccharide. COS show antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiangiogenic, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory and prebiotic properties, among others. In this work, a chitosanolytic enzyme was covalently immobilized onto glyoxal agarose beads and assessed for the continuous production of COS. A two-step process was proposed, in which chitosan was first hydrolyzed in a batch reactor to a viscosity that could flow through a packed-bead reactor (PBR), thus avoiding clogging of the column. This work was performed in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark
Reference: “Continuous production of chitooligosaccharides by an immobilized enzyme in a dual-reactor system”. P. Santos-Moriano, J.M. Woodley, F.J. Plou. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic 133, 211-217 (2016), doi:10.1016/j.molcatb.2016.09.001
21 Sep 2016
29 Aug 2016
Most methodologies for covalent immobilization of enzymes usually take place at high pH values to enhance the nucleophilicity of protein reactive residues; however, many enzymes inactivate during the immobilization process due to their intrinsic unstability at alkaline pHs. Vinyl sulfone (VS)-activated carriers may react with several protein side-chains at neutral pHs. In this work, levansucrase -an alkaline unstable enzyme of technological interest because it forms fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and levan from sucrose- was covalently attached to VS-activated silica at pH 7.0 in a short time (5 h). The VS-activated biocatalysts showed a notable operational stability in batch reactors. This work was carried out in collaboration with the Department of Organic Chemistry at University of Granada.
Reference: “Vinyl sulfone-activated silica for efficient covalent immobilization of alkaline unstable enzymes: application to levansucrase for fructooligosaccharides synthesis”. P. Santos-Moriano, L. Monsalve-Ledesma, M. Ortega-Muñoz, L. Fernandez-Arrojo, A.O. Ballesteros, F. Santoyo-González, F.J. Plou. RSC Advances 6, 64175–64181 (2016). DOI: 10.1039/C6RA14046G
30 Jun 2016
Biofuels and Carbohydrates Laboratory at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, USA), directed by Prof. Y.-H. Percival Zhang. This laboratory is a world reference in the use of multienzymatic systems with applications to the fuels, chemicals and food industries. The laboratory of Prof. Zhang belongs to the Department of Biological Systems Engineering (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences).
24 Jun 2016
Our group has participated in the Iberoamerican Congress of Biotechnology BioIberoamerica2016, recently held in Salamanca, Spain (June 5-8 2016). Paloma Santos presented the poster "Covalent immobilization of a chitosanolytic enzyme on glyoxal agarose beads and the design of reactors for continuous production of chitooligosaccharides" and Noa Miguez presented the work "Enzymatic glycosylation of hesperetin by cyclodextrin glucanotransferase from Thermoanaerobacter sp. in presence of cosolvents"
29 Apr 2016
Symposium on "Novel tendencies and challenges in the chemical processes of XXI century" organized by UNED
“Novel Tendencies and Challenges in the Chemical Processes of XXI Century" (April 27-29 2016), auspiced by the UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia). Francisco Plou developed a talk entitled "Use of enzymes in sustainable chemical processes".
1 Apr 2016
Francisco Plou has just published the book "What we know about ...The Enzymes", a disclosure book jointly edited by CSIC and Catarata Publishers. The aim of this book is bringing the world of enzymes to readers, and show them the importance of these biological catalysts in our health and in many aspects of our daily life (food, drugs, fuels, polymers, etc.).