Thrilled to share our review article on synthetic biology enabling access to designer polyketides with graduate students Alexandra Malico & Lindsay Nichols!
“Polyketide synthases are multi-domain enzymes that catalyze the construction of many bioactive natural products. Now, some of the inefficiencies and limitations of these systems have been solved by designing an artificial pathway for carbon–carbon bond formation via iterative rounds of non-decarboxylative thio-Claisen reactions.”
Thrilled to announce that grad student Melissa Mitchler will be supported by an NIH NC State Molecular Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship! Congratulations, Melissa! This is our third graduate student to be supported by this program in the last five years.
Learn more about the program here.
MacrolactoneDB is a central repository of macrolactones and their bioactivities. It enables machine learning to inform synthetic biology and medicinal chemistry efforts for designing new/better drugs. Our new paper in Nature Scientific Reports is the result of a collaboration with Phyo Phyo Kyaw Zin and Sean Ekins (Collaborations Pharmaceuticals).
Excited to announce our latest publication and collaboration with the Fourches group in the NC State Chemistry, “SIME: synthetic insight-based macrolide enumerator to generate the V1B library of 1 billion macrolides”. This advance allows in silico libraries of macrolides to be constructed based on the knowledge of polyketide biosynthesis. It’s a first step towards the generation of new bioactive macrolides by combining synthetic biology and computational chemistry.
Our latest paper in ACS Synthetic Biology describes the first genetically-encoded biosensor for detection of polyketide synthase extender units in cells. Because the biosensor is genetically encoded, the cell makes all of the necessary components and the entire system can be subjected to directed evolution. A biosensor for detection of various acyl-CoA’s will help synthetic biology approaches for sustainable production of natural products in microbes.