M. Kovaliov, T. A. Wright, B. Cheng, R. T. Mathers, X. Zhang, D. Meng, K. Szcześniak, J. Jenczyk, S. Jurga, D. Cohen-Karni, R. C. Page, D. Konkolewicz, S. Averick
Due to their capacity to conduct complex organic transformations, enzymes find extensive use in medical and industrial settings. Unfortunately, enzymes are limited by their poor stability when exposed to harsh non-native conditions. While a host of methods have been developed to stabilize enzymes in non-native conditions, recent research into the synthesis of polymer–enzyme biohybrids using reversible deactivation radical polymerization approaches has demonstrated the potential of increased enzymatic activity in both native and non-native environments. In this manuscript, we utilize the enzyme lipase, as a model system, to explore the impact that modulation of grafted polymer molecular weight has on enzyme activity in both aqueous and organic media. We studied the properties of these hybrids using both solution-phase enzyme activity methods and coarse-grain modeling to assess the impact of polymer grafting density and grafted polymer molecular weight on enzyme activity to gain a deeper insight into this understudied property of the biohybrid system.