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Enzyme trio for biosynthesis of hydrocarbon fuels
Date:6/21/2010

irectly as liquid fuels," Beller says. "However, these long-chain alkenes can be cracked a technique routinely used in oil refineries to create hydrocarbons of an appropriate length for diesel fuel."

The next step Beller says is to learn more about how these three enzymes work, particularly Mlut_13230 (also called OleA), which catalyzes the key step in the alkene biosynthesis pathway the condensation of fatty acids.

"We're also studying other pathways that can produce aliphatic hydrocarbons of an appropriate length for diesel fuels without the need for cracking," Beller says. "Nature has devised a number of biocatalysts to produce hydrocarbons, and our goal is to learn more about them for the production of green transportation fuels."


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Contact: Lynn Yarris
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DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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