Biosynthesis and engineering of isoprenoid small molecules

  title={Biosynthesis and engineering of isoprenoid small molecules},
  author={Sydnor T. Withers and Jay D Keasling},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
Isoprenoid secondary metabolites are a rich source of commercial products that have not been fully explored. At present, there are isoprenoid products used in cancer therapy, the treatment of infectious diseases, and crop protection. All isoprenoids share universal prenyl diphosphate precursors synthesized via two distinct pathways. From these universal precursors, the biosynthetic pathways to specific isoprenoids diverge resulting in a staggering array of products. Taking advantage of this… CONTINUE READING

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