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Explorando produtos naturais microbianos nas fronteiras da química e da biologia Exploring natural microbial products at the frontiers of chemistry and biology

Gonzaga De Oliveira, Luciana, Pupo, Mônica Tallarico and Vieira, Paulo Cezar 2013. Explorando produtos naturais microbianos nas fronteiras da química e da biologia Exploring natural microbial products at the frontiers of chemistry and biology. Química Nova 36 (10) , pp. 1577-1586. 10.1590/S0100-40422013001000015

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Abstract

The chemistry of natural products has been remarkably growing in the past few decades in Brazil. Aspects related to the isolation and identification of new natural products, as well as their biological activities, have been achieved in different laboratories working on this subject in the country. More recently, the introduction of new molecular biology tools has strongly influenced the research on natural products, mainly those produced by microorganisms, creating new possibilities to assess the chemical diversity of secondary metabolites. This paper describes some ideas on how the research on natural products can have a considerable input from molecular biology in the generation of chemical diversity. We also explore the role of microbial natural products in mediating interspecific interactions and their relevance to ecological studies. Examples of the generation of chemical diversity are highlighted by using genome mining, mutasynthesis, combinatorial biosynthesis, metagenomics, and synthetic biology, while some aspects of microbial ecology are also discussed. The idea to bring up this topic is linked to the remarkable development of molecular biology techniques to generate useful chemicals from different organisms. Here, we focus mainly on microorganisms, even though similar approaches have also been applied to the study of plants and other organisms. Investigations in the frontier of chemistry and biology require interactions between different areas, characterizing the interdisciplinarity of this research field. The necessity of a real integration of chemistry and biology is pivotal to finding correct answers to a number of biological phenomena. The use of molecular biology tools to generate chemical diversity and control biosynthetic pathways is largely explored in the production of important biologically active compounds. Finally, we briefly comment on the Brazilian organization of research in this area, the necessity of new strategies for the graduation programs, and the establishment of networks as a way of organization to overcome some of the problems faced in the area of natural products.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: SOC BRASILEIRA QUIMICA
ISSN: 0100-4042
Date of Acceptance: 20 September 2013
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 16:05
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/153699

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