Special Issue: Microbial Secondary Metabolism and Synthetic Biology

Published 20 October, 2017

The journal Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology is currently planning a Special Issue dedicated to Prof. Keqian Yang, who left us at the spring of 2017, in tribute to his extensive contributions to basic and applied research in the field of secondary metabolism of Streptomyces, and exploratory research in the field of synthetic biological regulatory tools. Therefore, the Special Issue is entitled "Microbial Secondary Metabolism and Synthetic Biology".

Microorganisms exhibit astonishing diversities on secondary metabolism and the ways they regulate the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites. Studies on the secondary metabolism of microorganism, particularly on Streptomyces, resulted in hundreds of drugs and agricultural antibiotics. The biosynthesis and regulation studies on those drugs and antibiotics set the foundation for manipulate their structures by combinatorial biosynthesis or synthetic biology and improve their titers by metabolic engineering rationally. Moreover, the biosynthesis and regulation studies on microbial secondary metabolism serve plenty of tools for synthetic biology.

The main topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to

  • Regulation of secondary metabolism
  • Biosynthesis of secondary metabolites
  • Metabolic engineering of bioactive compounds
  • Discovery of bioactive secondary metabolites
  • Regulatory tools for synthetic biology
  • Synthetic biological studies on secondary metabolism

This special issue will accept reviews and original research articles. We look forward to hearing from you.

Paper submission due:
31 July, 2018

Kind regards,

Special Issue Guest Editors

Yihua Chen
Institute of Microbiology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Email: chenyihua@im.ac.cn

Jianting Zheng
School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
Email: jiantingzheng@hotmail.com

Keqiang Fan
Institute of Microbiology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Email: fankq@im.ac.cn

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