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Nat Prod Rep. 2003 Apr;20(2):171-83.

Diversity of the biosynthesis of the isoprene units.

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  • 1Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan. kuz@iam.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Abstract

This review covers the biosynthesis of the starter units of terpenoids, isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP) via the nonmevalonate pathway together with a new enzyme involved in the conversion of IPP and DMAPP, i.e type 2 IPP isomerase. The biosynthesis of terpenoids produced by actinomycetes is also reviewed. 117 references are cited.

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12735695
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