October 12, 2012

Global Bioenergies in bio-propylene

Source: Nexant
France-based Global Bioenergies (GBE) announced this week that it was able to  directly convert glucose to propylene using the same artificial metabolic pathway that the company uses to produce its bio-isobutene.

According to the company, artificial pathway means:
"The GBE pathway uses enzymatic activities and metabolic intermediates that are not found in nature but only occur in microbial strains engineered by GBE. By engineering new functions into natural enzymes, we have created enzymes with specificity towards non-natural substrates that lead to the synthesis of target molecules."
Propylene, according to GBE, has never been naturally directly produced by microorganisms and therefore direct bio-production of propylene required an artificial metabolic pathway.

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