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Cytochromes P450 (CYPs) play a key role in generating the structural diversity of terpenoids, the largest group of plant natural products. However, functional characterization of CYPs has been challenging because of the expansive families found in plant genomes, diverse reactivity and inaccessibility of their substrates and products. Here we present the(More)
CRISPR/Cas9 is a powerful genome editing tool that has been extensively used in model plants and crops, such as Arabidopsis thaliana, rice, wheat, and soybean. Here, we report the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to precisely knock out the committed diterpene synthase gene (SmCPS1) involved in tanshinone biosynthesis in Salvia miltiorrhiza, a traditional Chinese(More)
4-Coumarate:CoA ligases (4CLs) are a group of essential enzymes involved in the pathway of phenylpropanoid-derived compound metabolisms; however it is still difficult to identify orthologs and paralogs of these important enzymes just based on sequence similarity of the conserved domains. Using sequence data of 20 plant species from the public databases and(More)
Polyflavanostilbene A, a new flavanol-fused stilbene glycoside, was isolated from the rhizome of Polygonum cuspidatum. Its unusual structure, including its absolute stereochemistry, was determined by UV, IR, HRESIMS, and 1D and 2D NMR data and by the comparison of experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. Polyflavanostilbene A(More)
Ternatusine A (1), a novel alkaloid with an unprecedented epoxyoxepino[4,5-c] pyrrole ring, was isolated from the roots of Ranunculus ternatus Thunb. Its unusual structure, including its absolute stereochemistry, was determined using UV, IR, HRESIMS, and 1D and 2D NMR data and through comparison of the experimental and calculated electronic circular(More)
Shikonin and its derivatives are the main active components in the medicinal plant Arnebia euchroma and possess extensive pharmaceutical properties. In this study, we developed an optimized yeast system to obtain high-level production of 3-geranyl-4-hydroxybenzoate acid (GBA), an important intermediate involved in shikonin biosynthesis pathway. For host(More)
To identify a terpene synthase that catalyzes the conversion of geranyl pyrophosphate (GPP) to α-pinene and is involved in the biosynthesis of paeoniflorin. Two new terpene synthase genes were isolated from the transcriptome data of Peaonia lactiflora. Phylogenetic analysis and sequence characterization revealed that one gene, named PlPIN, encoded a(More)
Flos Lonicerae Japonicae (FLJ), the flower bud of Lonicera japonica Thunb. (Caprifoliaceae), is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine with various pharmacological activities. Luteoloside is a major active compound and a quality control marker of FLJ. Luteolin-7-O-glucuronide (LG), an analog of luteoloside, was conjugated with bovine serum albumin (BSA)(More)
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