Enzymes Research

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Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology

Groups and Facilities

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Size reduction and separation of biomass for energy production and bio-products.



Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017


Recent Publications

The TcEG-1 beetle (Tribolium castaneum) cellulase produced in transgenic switchgrass is active at alkaline pH and auto-hydrolyzes biomass for increased cellobiose release Willis, J. D., J. N. Grant, M. Mazarei, L. M. Kline, C. S. Rempe, A. G. Collins, G. B. Turner, S. R. Decker, R. W. Sykes, M. F. Davis, N. Labbe, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2017.  Biotechnology for Biofuels. [Abstract]

Enzymatic Synthesis of Sugar and Polyol-fatty Acid Esters: Surfactants, Polymers, and Other Value-added Products Hayes, D. G.  2016.  107th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo, Salt Lake City, 05 May 2016 (keynote presentation; Phospholipids Division). [Abstract]

Extracellular Enzymes of fungi and bacteria.  Trigiano, R. N., and L. E. Poplawski.  2016.  book, Pp. 495-515. In: Ownley, B. H. and R. N. Trigiano (Eds.). Plant Pathology Concepts and Laboratory Exercises, Third edition.

Modification of carbohydrate active enzymes in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) to improve saccharification and biomass yields for biofuels.  Willis, J. D.  2016.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Transgenic plant-produced hydrolytic enzymes and the potential of insect gut-derived hydrolases for biofuels Willis, J. D., M. Mazarei, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Frontiers in Plant Sciences.

Concentrated ethanol-derived switchgrass extractives inhibit plant and foodborne pathogens Bruce, A., H. B. Korotkin, B. H. Ownley, J. Tao, L. M. Kline, N. Labbe, K. D. Gwinn, D. H. D'Souza, and N. Moustaid-Moussa.  2015.  Phytopathology, 105(Suppl. 4):S4.20, Annual Meeting, American Phytopathological Society. August 1-5, Pasadena, CA. [Abstract]

Generation of a transcriptome in a model lepidopteran pest, Heliothis virescens, using multiple sequencing strategies for profiling midgut gene expression Perera, O. P., K. S. Shelby, H. J. R. Popham, F. Gould, M. J. Adang, and J. Jurat-Fuentes.  2015.  PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0128563. [Abstract]

Substrate-assisted catalysis in the reaction catalyzed by salicylic acid binding protein 2 (SABP2), a potential mechanism of substrate discrimination for some promiscuous enzymes.  Yao, J, N. Zhao, M. Chaiprasongsuk, F. Chen, X. Yang, and H. Guo.  2015.  Biochemistry, 54:5366-5375.

Effects of Particle Size of Sucrose Suspensions and Pre-incubation of Enzymes on Lipase-Catalyzed Synthesis of Sucrose Oleic Acid Esters Ye, R, D. G. Hayes, and R. Burton.  2015.  American Oil Chemistsí Society 106th Annual Meeting, Orlando, 3-6 May 2015. [Abstract]

Comparison of Performance for Sugar Esters Prepared by a Green Enzymatic Process and a Commercially Available Product Ye, R, D. G. Hayes, R. Burton, A. Liu, and Y. Wang.  2015.  American Oil Chemistsí Society 106th Annual Meeting, Orlando, 3-6 May 2015. [Abstract]

Assessment of Extracellular Enzymes Produced by Fungi Isolated from Muscadine Grapes.  Poplawski, L. E., D. J. Gray, and R. N. Trigiano.  2014.  HortScience, Second place in undergraduate oral competition at ASHS.

Expression of an endoglucanase from Tribolium castaneum (TcEG1) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Shirley, D., C. J. Oppert, T. Reynolds, B. Miracle, B. Oppert, W. E. Klingeman, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2014.  Insect Science, 21(5): 609-618. [Abstract]