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Keywords:

  • biotechnological applications;
  • crystal structure;
  • heterologous gene expression;
  • phytase;
  • phytate;
  • protein engineering;
  • transgenics

Summary

Phytases are a group of enzymes capable of releasing phosphates from phytates, one of the major forms of phosphorus (P) in animal feeds of plant origin. These enzymes have been widely used in animal feed to improve phosphorus nutrition and to reduce phosphorus pollution in animal waste. This review covers the basic nomenclature and crystal structures of phytases and emphasizes both the protein engineering strategies used for the development of new, effective phytases with improved properties and the potential biotechnological applications of phytases.