Cameo appearances of aminoacyl-tRNA in natural product biosynthesis

Emily C. Ulrich, Wilfred A. van der Donk

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The breadth of unprecedented enzymatic reactions performed during the formation of microbial natural products has continued to expand as new biosynthetic gene clusters are unearthed by genome mining. Enzymes that use aminoacyl-tRNA (aa-tRNA) outside of the translation machinery have been known for decades, and accounts of their use in natural product biosynthesis are just beginning to accumulate. This review will highlight the recent discoveries and advances in our mechanistic understanding of aa-tRNA-dependent enzymes that play key roles in the biosynthesis of a growing number of microbial natural products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Biology
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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