The maintenance or stabilization of protein or enzyme function is of vital importance in Biotechnology. Investigations of thermophilic organisms, studies of denaturation and the use of enzymes in organic solvents have each contributed to an understanding of protein stability. Enzymes can reliably and reproducibly be stabilized by variety of means including immobilization, use of additives, chemical modification in solution and protein engineering. Examples of each of these are discussed. With these recent advances it appears that a rational strategy for achieving a particular stabilized enzyme or protein may be within reach.
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