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A substance, especially an enzyme, that initiates or modifies the rate of a chemical reaction in a living body; a biochemical catalyst.

bi′o·cat′a·lyt′ic (-kăt′l-ĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Biochemistry) a chemical, esp an enzyme, that initiates or increases the rate of a biochemical reaction
biocatalytic adj
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Noun1.biocatalyst - a biochemical catalyst such as an enzyme
catalyst, accelerator - (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
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According to Petra Fromme, the director of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and a co-author of the current study, "this is the first structure of a protein that is a membrane-integral enzyme and important biocatalyst in the cell." (Biocatalysts speed up the rate of critical biological reactions.)
-- Implementation of a second-generation yeast isobutanol biocatalyst at Luverne that significantly improves plant operability.
The three-dimensional network can create an adequate and protective microenvironment for the enzyme protection and stability, enhanced by the involved support-enzyme interaction forces, such as electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions, that greatly influence the enzyme performance as biocatalyst. In the last years, several research groups studied the immobilization of the Candida rugosa lipase enzyme onto hydrogels [13-21].
Narrow and high intense peaks of the calcinated MS and CS (at temperature [greater than or equal to] 800 and 700[degrees]C, resp.) could define the well-crystallized nature of the prepared biocatalyst similar observation which was reported by Boey et al.