Biocombinatorial Approaches for Drug Finding by M. A. Koch, H. Waldmann (auth.), W. Wohlleben, T. Spellig,

By M. A. Koch, H. Waldmann (auth.), W. Wohlleben, T. Spellig, B. Müller-Tiemann (eds.)

Genome- and proteome-based study is producing an important elevate within the variety of to be had drug pursuits. Correspondingly there's an expanding desire for novel, assorted compounds, rather in line with typical compounds, as screening source. the aim of the Ernst Schering study starting place Workshop 51 used to be to supply a discussion board for an open alternate on views and boundaries of biocombinatorial synthesis and the importance of this know-how for destiny drug discovery in gentle of this problem. specialists from academia and supplied contributions overlaying: the importance of normal compounds for cutting-edge drug discovery; the underlying simple precept for the biosynthesis of hugely complicated compounds; and the scope and obstacles of combinatorial biosynthesis concerning formation, id, optimisation, isolation and production of novel biologically lively entities.

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Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 99:15681± 15686 3 Polyketide Synthases: Mechanisms and Models K. J. 7 Combinatorial Biosynthesis: The Tools . . . . . . Combinatorial Biosynthesis: The Instructions . . . . Evaluating the Combinatorial Potential of PKSs . . . PKS Domains: Mechanism, Structure and Mutagenesis Ketosynthases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acyltransferases . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ketoreductases . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dehydratases and Enoylreductases .

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