Rhodococcus as A Versatile Biocatalyst in Organic Synthesis

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The application of purified enzymes as well as whole-cell biocatalysts in synthetic organic chemistry is becoming more and more popular, and both academia and industry are keen on finding and developing novel enzymes capable of performing otherwise impossible or challenging reactions. The diverse genus Rhodococcus offers a multitude of promising enzymes, which therefore makes it one of the key bacterial hosts in many areas of research. This review focused on the broad utilization potential of the genus Rhodococcus in organic chemistry, thereby particularly highlighting the specific enzyme classes exploited and the reactions they catalyze. Additionally, close attention was paid to the substrate scope that each enzyme class covers. Overall, a comprehensive overview of the applicability of the genus Rhodococcus is provided, which puts this versatile microorganism in the spotlight of further research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4787
Pages (from-to)1-35
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • biocatalysis
  • drugs
  • enzyme
  • organic synthesis
  • Rhodococcus


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