How Hemothermophiles Take the Heat and Love It
A look at these fascinating organisms which thrive at high temperatures, and how they are able to do so.
” Hyperthermophiles are a group microorganisms that have optimum growth temperature of at least 80 C, and a maximum growth temperature of over 90 C (Rees et al, 1995). They thrive in temperatures much higher than any other animal can. Most enzymes isolated from these hyperthermophiles exhibit correspondingly enhanced thermostability. In order to answer the questions posed above, an understanding of how these enzymes are able to withstand higher than normal temperatures is needed. Some of this can be found out by studying hyperthermophilic proteins in comparison to their mesophilic counterparts. Presently, only a few molecular determinants of protein structural and functional stability are known, which is not enough to know how to “make your blood boil”. ”