Structure and properties of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) produced by Alcaligenes latus
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- Kang, CK., Kusaka, S. & Doi, Y. Biotechnol Lett (1995) 17: 583. doi:10.1007/BF00129382
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Random copolymers of 3-hydroxybutyrate (3HB) and 4-hydroxybutyrate (4HB) with a wide range of compositions varying from 0 to 83 mol% 4HB were produced by Alcaligenes latus from the mixed carbon substrates of 3-hydroxybutyric and 4-hydroxybutyric acids. The structure and physical properties of P(3HB-co-4HB) were characterized by1H and13C NMR spectroscopy, gel-permeation chromatography, and differential scanning calorimetry. The isothermal radial growth rates of spherulites of P(3HB-co-4HB) were much slower than the rate of P(3HB) homopolymer. The enzymatic degradation rates of P(3HB-co-4HB) films by a PHB depolymerase were strongly influenced by the copolymer composition.