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Enzymes For Innovation

The NEB catalog highlights a wide variety of enzyme functionalities found in nature or engineered for specific purposes. However, in molecular biology, new tools can often lead to new discoveries. Taking advantage of the enzymology expertise at NEB, we are offering novel enzymes with interesting and unique activities for manipulating DNA, RNA, proteins and glycans, even if specific applications for them have yet to be discovered. Our hope is that by engaging researcher’s imaginations, our “Enzymes for Innovation” initiative will enable the development of new molecular techniques that so often lead to new discoveries.

  1. What are Enzymes for Innovation?

    NEB’s Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Richard Roberts, describes the Enzymes for Innovation initiative, and the importance of new enzyme discovery and screening.

Enzymes for Innovation include:

NAME NEB# ACTIVITY
EcoGII Methyltransferase M0603 EFI_EcoGII_Methyltransferase

EcoGII Methyltransferase is a non-specific methyltransferase that modifies adenine residues (N6) in any sequence context.
Endoglycoceramidase I (EGCase I) P0773 EFI_EGCaseI

Catalyzes the hydrolysis of the β-glycosidic linkage between oligosaccharides and ceramides in various glycosphingolipids.
Nb.BssSI R0681 EFI_NbBssSI

Generates a nick in the 3´ strand at the following recognition site: CACGAG (none/-1).
RtcB Ligase M0458 EFI_RtcBligase

Joins single-stranded RNA with a 3´-phosphate or 2´,3´-cyclic phosphate to another RNA with a 5´ -hydroxyl. 
TelN Protelomerase M0651  EFI_TelN_Protelomerase

Cuts dsDNA at a TelN recognition sequence (56 bp) and leaves covalently closed ends at the site of cleavage.
Thermostable FEN1 M0645  EFI_ThermostableFEN1

Catalyzes the cleavage of 5´ DNA flaps from branched double-stranded DNA substrates.
If you are looking for an enzyme functionality that is not currently available, contact EnzymesForInnovation@neb.com.

Have you found a good application for one of the enzymes listed above? We would love to hear about it!

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FAQ

Q: What are Enzymes for Innovation?
A: Enzymes for Innovation (EFI) is a project initiated by NEB to provide unique enzymes to the scientific community in the hopes of enabling the discovery of new and innovative applications. These enzymes have interesting properties and unique specificities that are not commercially available elsewhere at the quality that you would expect from NEB. If you have an idea for an “Enzyme for Innovation” with a suggested application that may be useful (now or in the future), please email us at EnzymesForInnovation@neb.com. For more information, please view video.

Q: Can I submit an Enzyme for Innovation idea?
A: Yes! Please email EnzymesForInnovation@neb.com with ideas for new enzymes (please note enzymes should modify either RNA, Protein DNA or be useful in glycobiology applications).

Q: Can I purchase large amounts of an existing Enzyme for Innovation?
A: Yes, if you have use for large amounts of an Enzyme for Innovation, please contact our NEBSolutions group at custom@neb.com.

Q: What quality controls are performed to validate Enzymes for Innovation?
A: Products designated as Enzymes for Innovation pass stringent quality controls, including removal of contaminants and characterization of enzyme stability.