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A Continuing Career in Biocatalysis: Frances H. Arnold

Fasan, Rudi and Kan, S. B. Jennifer and Zhao, Huimin (2019) A Continuing Career in Biocatalysis: Frances H. Arnold. ACS Catalysis, 9 (11). pp. 9775-9788. ISSN 2155-5435. PMCID PMC7390471. doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b02737.

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On the occasion of Professor Frances H. Arnold’s recent acceptance of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, we honor her numerous contributions to the fields of directed evolution and biocatalysis. Arnold pioneered the development of directed evolution methods for engineering enzymes as biocatalysts. Her highly interdisciplinary research has provided grounds not only for understanding the mechanisms of enzyme evolution but also for developing commercially viable enzyme biocatalysts and biocatalytic processes. In this Account, we highlight some of her notable contributions in the past three decades in the development of foundational directed evolution methods and their applications in the design and engineering of enzymes with desired functions for biocatalysis. Her work has created a paradigm shift in the broad catalysis field.

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Fasan, Rudi0000-0003-4636-9578
Kan, S. B. Jennifer0000-0001-6371-8042
Zhao, Huimin0000-0002-9069-6739
Additional Information:© 2019 American Chemical Society. Received: June 29, 2019; Revised: August 21, 2019; Published: September 17, 2019. This work was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (CHE-1609550 grant to R.F.), the Rothenberg Innovation Initiative (RI2) Program and Jacobs Institute for Molecular Engineering for Medicine at Caltech (S.B.J.K.), the U.S. Department of Energy (DE-SC0018260 and DE-SC0018420 grants to H.Z.), and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (R01GM098628 grant to R.F.; AI144967 grant to H.Z.). The authors declare no competing financial interest.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0018260
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0018420
Subject Keywords:directed evolution, biocatalysis, enzyme engineering, P450s, abiological functions, carbene transfer reactions, nitrene transfer reactions, C–H functionalization
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PubMed Central ID:PMC7390471
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Official Citation:A Continuing Career in Biocatalysis: Frances H. Arnold. Rudi Fasan, S. B. Jennifer Kan, and Huimin Zhao. ACS Catalysis 2019 9 (11), 9775-9788. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.9b02737
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Deposited On:17 Sep 2019 23:13
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