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'Molecular scissors' for plastic waste: Enzyme MHETase decoded

'Molecular scissors' for plastic waste: Enzyme MHETase decoded

A research team has solved the molecular structure of the enzyme MHETase at BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria and together with a second enzyme -- PETase -- is able to break down the widely used plastic PET into its basic building blocks. This 3D structure already allowed the researchers to produce a MHETase variant with optimized activity in order to use it, together with PETase, for a sustainable recycling of PET.

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