Biocatalytic portfolio of Basidiomycota

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Basidiomycota fungi have received little attention for applications in biocatalysis and biotechnology and remain greatly understudied despite their importance for carbon recycling, ecosystem functioning and medicinal properties. The steady influx of genome data has facilitated detailed studies aimed at understanding the evolution and function of fungal lignocellulose degradation. These studies and recent explorations into the secondary metabolomes have uncovered large portfolios of enzymes useful for biocatalysis and biosynthesis. This review will provide an overview of the biocatalytic repertoires of Basidiomycota characterized to date with the hope of motivation more research into the chemical toolkits of this diverse group of fungi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-49
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent opinion in chemical biology
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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Funding Information:
Support by the National Institutes of Health (grant GM080299 ) is acknowledged.

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


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