ASANO Active Enzyme Molecule

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Research Director: Yasuhisa ASANO
Professor, Biotechnology Research Center, Toyama Prefectural University
Research Term: Oct 2011 - Mar 2017
Special Extention Period: Apr 2017 - Mar 2018
Grant Number: JPMJER1102


Asano Active Enzyme Molecule Project was started in 2012 aiming to explore highly active enzyme from not only microorganisms but also plants and animals and to develop fundamental methodologies for production of useful chemicals or diagnosis for healthcare. Enzymes produced by living organisms efficiently catalyze chemical reactions under mild conditions. Utilization of enzymes in the bioprocesses for the synthesis of useful basic and fine chemicals, generally known as "white biotechnology", has become one of the most important technologies in the world in the 21st century. To expand the enzymatic applications in white biotechnology, we have been exploring new enzymes and reactions for practical chemical applications. To achieve these research goals, we organized three groups comprising of researchers from rather remote scientific fields and successfully let them collaborate and accelerate our studies.


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