A new manuscript by Banta and Wheeldon describing a theoretical approach for comparing multireactant enzymes was published in ACS Catalysis. The ratio of kcat/KM is frequently used to compare enzymes, although this is not always justified for enzymes that have more than one substrate. Here new figures of merit are derived for multireactant enzymes based on transition state stabilization or from Haldane relationships.
Professor Banta gave an invited presentation entitled "Engineering the biomining bacterium Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans for emerging applications" at the 2nd Space Travel: Adaptive Research and Technologies from Biological and Chemical Engineering (STAR Tech) Meeting in Boston, MA
Two presentations from the Banta Lab were given at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Orlando, FL. Nadim Massad presented a talk entitled "Developing formate dehydrogenase into a modular cofactor regeneration and sequestration tool". Yuta Inaba presented a poster entitled "Mechanisms of microbially influenced corrosion enabled by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans".