Homogeneous enzymatic reactions in ionic liquids with poly(ethylene glycol)-modified subtilisin

Kazunori Nakashima, Tatsuo Maruyama, Noriho Kamiya, Masahiro Goto

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Subtilisin Carlsberg was covalently modified with comb-shaped poly(ethylene glycol) (PM13). PM13-modified subtilisin (PM 13-Sub) was readily solubilized in three different ionic liquids (ILs), i.e., [Emim][Tf2N], [C2OC1mim][Tf 2N] and [C2OHmim][Tf2N]. Analysis of homogeneous enzymatic reactions in the ILs revealed that PM13-Sub exhibited excellent catalytic performance while the native enzyme suspended in ILs showed no activity. Hydrophobicity of ILs slightly affected enzyme activity, and the relatively hydrophobic IL [Emim][Tf2N] was the preferred medium for enzymatic reactions, similar to enzymatic reactions in conventional organic solvents. Enzyme activity was much higher in [Emim][Tf2N] than in conventional organic solvents, and excellent activity was associated with unique properties of ILs such as hydrophobicity and high polarity. Furthermore, PM13-Sub showed good stability in [Emim][Tf 2N], and maintained 80% of its initial activity after 60 h.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3462-3467
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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