Characterization of cyanobacterial beta-carotene ketolase and hydroxylase genes in Escherichia coli, and their application for astaxanthin biosynthesis.

@article{Scaife2009CharacterizationOC,
  title={Characterization of cyanobacterial beta-carotene ketolase and hydroxylase genes in Escherichia coli, and their application for astaxanthin biosynthesis.},
  author={Mark Aden Scaife and Adam M. Burja and Phillip C. Wright},
  journal={Biotechnology and bioengineering},
  year={2009},
  volume={103 5},
  pages={944-55}
}
Carotenoid biosynthesis is highly conserved and well characterized up to the synthesis of beta-carotene. Conversely, the synthesis of astaxanthin from beta-carotene is less well characterized. Regardless, astaxanthin is a highly sought natural product, due to its various industrial applications and elevated antioxidant capacity. In this article, 12 beta-carotene ketolase and 4 beta-carotene hydroxylase genes, isolated from 5 cyanobacterial species, are investigated for their function, and… CONTINUE READING

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