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Antoni Planas Sauter, PhD

Head of GQBB Group - Professor
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RESEARCH LINES

  • Protein engineering and enzymology of glycosidases, glycosyltransferases and carbohydrate esterases.
  • Therapeutic targets in infectious diseases
  • Biocatalysis: enzyme re-engineering, directed enzyme evolution
  • Genetic and metabolic engineering in bacteria, yeast and microalgae
  • Amyloid proteins in neurodegenerative diseases

 

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GQBB

Grup de Química Biològica i Biotecnològica

School of Engineering

Biological and Biotechnological Chemistry

Its activity focuses on the identification and molecular analysis of proteins and enzymes as therapeutic targets, together with the design and application of enzymes in biocatalysis and biotechnology with microorganisms.

MANAGER:

Bioprocess Pilot Plant

Bioprocessing infrastructure and equipment for the development, optimisation, scale-up and manufacturing of test batches. Suitable for microorganisms cultures (bacteria, yeasts and fungi) in batch and fed-batch and in aerobic or anaerobic conditions. Class 1 organisms (non-pathogenic). Includes downstream operations for the first stages of bioproduct isolation.

Biochemistry Laboratory

The Biochemistry Laboratory focuses its research on Carbohydrate Active Enzymes (CAZymes) involved in the biosynthesis, modification and degradation of glycans and glycoconjugates, from fundamental aspects of their mechanism, specificity and regulation to their applications in biocatalysis, synthetic biology and as therapeutic targets in infectious diseases.

LATEST PROJECTS

GLYCODESIGN (Ingenieria enzimática)

Ingeniería de proteínas e ingeniería metabólica de glicozimas para la producción de glicanos y glicoconjugados bioactivos orientados a aplicaciones biomédicas
Funding Agency:
Research Group Link:
Biological and Biotechnological Chemistry (GQBB)

GLYCO-ETN (Red Europea Plantas Biotecnológicas)

Preparacion de una Red Europea de Investigadores en glycobioquimica de glicanos de pared celular
Funding Agency:
Research Group Link:
Biological and Biotechnological Chemistry (GQBB)

NANO3BIO (Red internacional de producción biotecnológica de polisacáridos)

Consorcio europeo formado por universidades, grandes empresas y PYMES parar desarrollar sistemas de producción biotecnológica de quitosanos nanoformulados
Funding Agency:
Research Group Link:
Biological and Biotechnological Chemistry (GQBB)
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LINKED NEWS

Editorial

Dr Antoni Planas i Sauter, Scholar with the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona

27/06/2022
Dr Antoni Planas i Sauter has been named a scholar with the 3rd Chemistry section of the RACAB, a very important honour for IQS and one that recognizes the outstanding career of one of its professors.
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IQS Sponsors the First Biomedical Glycoscience Summer School

20/06/2022
IQS sponsored the inaugural edition of the Biomedical Glycoscience Summer School, organized by the Specialized Carbohydrates Group with the RSEQ in which over 40 researchers in the field of glycosciences participated.
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Research

Biostimulants and Alternative Proteins

15/06/2022
The CTPTI Bioprocess Pilot Plant at IQS has recently carried out various collaborative efforts with companies on projects and developing innovative products in the fields of biostimulants and alternative proteins.
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Givaudan visits the IQS Bioprocess Plant

12/05/2022
The representatives from Givaudan Ibérica were able to take a guided tour of the Bioprocess Pilot Plant, led by Dr Planas himself, where they discovered the possibilities offered by this facility first-hand.
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Doctoral thesis

Obtaining HMOs through Enzymatic Synthesis

16/03/2022
Dr. Mireia Castejón recently defended her doctoral thesis at IQS, where she has managed to obtain the tetrasaccharide compound lacto-N-tetraose, present in breast milk, by enzymatic synthesis. This opens the door to obtaining new biocatalysts for the synthesis of HMO oligosaccharides by this route.
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IQS Teaches its First Bioprocesses Course for Companies

17/02/2022
The company Syva, specialized in animal health, has received the first training course in the design and optimization of bioprocesses, organized by the IQS Bioprocess Pilot Plant.
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Protein hydrolysates for animal feed

04/04/2021
The Biochemistry Laboratory at IQS has analysis techniques to verify if the protein hydrolysates comply with European standards which limits the presence of proteins with a molecular weight over 10kDa.
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Doctoral thesis

New biological platform for the production of glycoglycerolipids

08/01/2021
In her doctoral thesis carried out in the Department of Bioengineering of IQS, Dr Núria Orive designed different metabolic engineering strategies to increase the production of glycoglycerolipids, interesting products due to their potential use as vaccine adjuvants or tumor suppressors.
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