Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are copper enzymes discovered within the last ten years. By degrading oxidatively recalcitrant substrates, these enzymes are major contributors to the recycling of carbon in nature. This enlarging class of exciting enzymes is of great interest from a mechanistic point of view and for a wide range of biotechnological applications. After the first successful meeting held in Copenhagen in 2016, the second LPMO symposium was organized in Marseille (France) in November 2018. This special issue in Biotechnology for Biofuels presents top articles from the symposium, contributing to the knowledge of LPMOs on chemistry of catalysis, enzyme diversity, enzymology and industrial applicability for the degradation and modification of polysaccharides.
Guest Editors – Jean-Guy Berrin and Paul Walton