Recent developments towards the heterologous expression of complex bacterial natural product biosynthetic pathways.

Abstract

The heterologous expression of natural product biosynthetic pathways is of increasing interest in biotechnology and drug discovery. It enables the (over)production of structurally complex substances through transfer of the biosynthetic genes from the original producer to more amenable heterologous hosts, and provides the basis to generate novel analogs through biosynthetic engineering. Furthermore, the lateral transfer of 'silent' (not expressed under standard laboratory conditions) secondary metabolite pathways or metagenomic DNA into surrogate host strains is expected to yield new, potentially bioactive compounds. This review discusses recent reports on the heterologous production of natural products with emphasis on polyketide and nonribosomally biosynthesized peptide compounds.

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@article{Wenzel2005RecentDT, title={Recent developments towards the heterologous expression of complex bacterial natural product biosynthetic pathways.}, author={Silke C Wenzel and Rolf A. E. Mueller}, journal={Current opinion in biotechnology}, year={2005}, volume={16 6}, pages={594-606} }