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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Explorando produtos naturais microbianos nas fronteiras da Química e da Biologia
Title Alternative: Exploring microbial natural products in the frontiers of Chemistry and Biology
Author: Oliveira, Luciana Gonzaga de
Pupo, Mônica Tallarico
Vieira, Paulo Cezar
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.
Subject: natural products
molecular biology
chemical ecology
genome mining
Editor: Sociedade Brasileira de Química
Citation: Química Nova. Sociedade Brasileira de Química, v. 36, n. 10, p. 1577-1586, 2013.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0100-40422013001000015
Date Issue: 1-Jan-2013
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