Chapter 23 Cyanobactin Ribosomally Synthesized Peptides-A Case of Deep Metagenome Mining

Eric W. Schmidt, Mohamed S. Abou Donia

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Deep metagenome mining is a new method for engineering natural product pathways, focusing on examining symbiotic organisms. The method has been applied to a family of compounds known as cyanobactins, which are ribosomally synthesized peptides produced by cyanobacteria. Often, these cyanobacteria live symbiotically with marine animals, leading to production of natural products in whole animal samples. Here, we focus on methods to identify, clone, and study cyanobactin natural product genes from axenic organisms and metagenomic environments. The application to deep metagenome mining is described, along with other potential targets of this methodology.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationComplex Enzymes in Microbial Natural Product Biosynthesis, Part A
Subtitle of host publicationOverview Articles and Peptides
EditorsDavid Hopwood
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameMethods in Enzymology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry


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