Ribosomal route to small-molecule diversity

Ma Diarey B. Tianero, Mohamed S. Donia, Travis S. Young, Peter G. Schultz, Eric W. Schmidt

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The cyanobactin ribosomal peptide (RP) natural product pathway was manipulated to incorporate multiple tandem mutations and non-proteinogenic amino acids, using eight heterologous components simultaneously expressed in Escherichia coli. These studies reveal the potential of RPs for the rational synthesis of complex, new small molecules over multiple-step biosynthetic pathways using simple genetic engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-425
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 11 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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