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Enzyme-catalyzed chemical structure-controlling template polymerization

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Abstract

The chemical structure of polymers obtained through enzyme-catalyzed reactions can be controlled by the addition of chemical structure-controlling templates. Examples are reviewed and discussed. Although this concept is applied successfully, it seems to be limited to polymerization reactions which are initiated by certain oxidoreductases (for example peroxidases or laccases). This conclusion is based on the consideration of (i) selected examples of enzymatic in vitropolymerizations and (ii) some of the key features of the biosynthesis of biopolymers.

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The article was received on 14 Apr 2010, accepted on 22 Aug 2010 and first published on 16 Sep 2010


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00259C
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 316-331

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    Enzyme-catalyzed chemical structure-controlling template polymerization

    P. Walde and Z. Guo, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 316
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00259C

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