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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2012 Oct;23(5):736-43. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.12.016. Epub 2012 Jan 3.

Synthetic biological approaches to natural product biosynthesis.

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  • 1Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, United States.


Small molecules produced in Nature possess exquisite chemical diversity and continue to be an inspiration for the development of new therapeutic agents. In their host organisms, natural products are assembled and modified using dedicated biosynthetic pathways. By rationally reprogramming and manipulating these pathways, unnatural metabolites containing enhanced structural features that were otherwise inaccessible can be obtained. Additionally, new chemical entities can be synthesized by developing the enzymes that carry out these complicated chemical reactions into biocatalysts. In this review, we will discuss a variety of combinatorial biosynthetic strategies, their technical challenges, and highlight some recent (since 2007) examples of rationally designed metabolites, as well as platforms that have been established for the production and modification of clinically important pharmaceutical compounds.

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