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MHETase structure solved to 1.6 angstrom resolution, showing similarities and differences to PETase enzyme that degrades polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.

Interdisciplinary research involving computer simulation, wet lab experiments, and structural analysis reveal synergy of MHETase-PETase two-enzyme system in plastic degradation.

XSEDE-allocated Stampede2 of TACC, Comet of SDSC provided molecular dynamics simulations of enzymes and find rate limiting step in reaction mechanism.

Research can inform future cocktail-based strategies for plastic upcycling.


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