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Added Value Chemicals and Biofuels

Edited by Prof Akihiko Kondo

To ensure a reliable future source of added value chemicals and energy, the utilization of sustainable biomass has considerable advantages over petroleum-based sources. Microbial Cell Factories presents this ongoing series to cover the development of microorganisms for the production of various added value chemicals and advanced biofuels from biomass. Potential topics include, but are not limited, to engineering microbial strains with high biomass hydrolysis activity, high product yield, productivities and titers, ability to use many carbon sources, and resistance to toxic compounds released during the pretreatment of biomass.

Please see here for further details, including how to submit your new work to the series.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.

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  1. Content type: RESEARCH

    3-Ketosteroid-Δ1-dehydrogenase (KstD) is a key enzyme in the metabolic pathway for chemical modifications of steroid hormones. Only a few KstDs have thus far been characterized biochemically and applied for th...

    Authors: Ruijie Zhang, Xiangcen Liu, Yushi Wang, Yuchang Han, Junsong Sun, Jiping Shi and Baoguo Zhang

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2018 17:77

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  2. Content type: Review

    Plant natural products (PNPs) are widely used as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, seasonings, pigments, etc., with a huge commercial value on the global market. However, most of these PNPs are still being extr...

    Authors: Xiaonan Liu, Wentao Ding and Huifeng Jiang

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2017 16:125

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  3. Content type: Research

    Low catalytic activities of pathway enzymes are often a limitation when using microbial based chemical production. Recent studies indicated that the enzyme activity of aldehyde decarbonylase (AD) is a critical...

    Authors: Min-Kyoung Kang, Yongjin J. Zhou, Nicolaas A. Buijs and Jens Nielsen

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2017 16:74

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  4. Content type: Research

    Pterostilbene, a structural analog of resveratrol, has higher oral bioavailability and bioactivity than that of the parent compound; but is far less abundant in natural sources. Thus, to efficiently obtain thi...

    Authors: Kyung Taek Heo, Sun-Young Kang and Young-Soo Hong

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2017 16:30

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  5. Content type: Research

    Microbial production of monoterpenes provides a promising substitute for traditional chemical-based methods, but their production is lagging compared with sesquiterpenes. Geraniol, a valuable monoterpene alcoh...

    Authors: Jianzhi Zhao, Chen Li, Yan Zhang, Yu Shen, Jin Hou and Xiaoming Bao

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2017 16:17

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  6. Content type: Research

    The yeast amino acid catabolism plays an important role in flavour generation since higher alcohols and acetate esters, amino acid catabolism end products, are key components of overall flavour and aroma in fe...

    Authors: Jiri Stribny, Gabriele Romagnoli, Roberto Pérez-Torrado, Jean-Marc Daran and Amparo Querol

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:51

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  7. Content type: Research

    With increasing concern about the environmental impact of a petroleum based economy, focus has shifted towards greener production strategies including metabolic engineering of microbes for the conversion of pl...

    Authors: Sarah Rodriguez, Charles M. Denby, T. Van Vu, Edward E. K. Baidoo, George Wang and Jay D. Keasling

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:48

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  8. Content type: Research

    Several plant diterpenes have important biological properties. Among them, forskolin is a complex labdane-type diterpene whose biological activity stems from its ability to activate adenylyl cyclase and to ele...

    Authors: Codruta Ignea, Efstathia Ioannou, Panagiota Georgantea, Fotini A. Trikka, Anastasia Athanasakoglou, Sofia Loupassaki, Vassilios Roussis, Antonios M. Makris and Sotirios C. Kampranis

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:46

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  9. Content type: Research

    PM100117 and PM100118 are glycosylated polyketides with remarkable antitumor activity, which derive from the marine symbiotic actinobacteria Streptomyces caniferus GUA-...

    Authors: Raúl García Salcedo, Carlos Olano, Cristina Gómez, Rogelio Fernández, Alfredo F. Braña, Carmen Méndez, Fernando de la Calle and José A. Salas

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:44

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  10. Content type: Research

    Fermentative aromas play a key role in the organoleptic profile of young wines. Their production depends both on yeast strain and fermentation conditions. A present-day trend in the wine industry consists in d...

    Authors: Stéphanie Rollero, Jean-Roch Mouret, Isabelle Sanchez, Carole Camarasa, Anne Ortiz-Julien, Jean-Marie Sablayrolles and Sylvie Dequin

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:32

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  11. Content type: Research

    Imbalance in cofactors causing the accumulation of intermediates in biosynthesis pathways is a frequently occurring problem in metabolic engineering when optimizing a production pathway in a microorganism. In ...

    Authors: Veerle E. T. Maervoet, Sofie L. De Maeseneire, Fatma G. Avci, Joeri Beauprez, Wim K. Soetaert and Marjan De Mey

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:23

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  12. Content type: Research

    Plant parasitic nematodes are harmful to agricultural crops and plants, and may cause severe yield losses. Cinnamaldehyde, a volatile, yellow liquid commonly used as a flavoring or food additive, is increasing...

    Authors: Hyun Bae Bang, Yoon Hyeok Lee, Sun Chang Kim, Chang Keun Sung and Ki Jun Jeong

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:16

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  13. Content type: Research

    Protoilludene is a valuable sesquiterpene and serves as a precursor for several medicinal compounds and antimicrobial chemicals. It can be synthesized by heterologous expression of protoilludene synthase in Esche...

    Authors: Liyang Yang, Chonglong Wang, Jia Zhou and Seon-Won Kim

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:14

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  14. Content type: Research

    Enantiopure (S)-1-(4-methoxyphenyl) ethanol {(S)-MOPE} can be employed as an important synthon for the synthesis of cycloalkyl [b] indoles with the treatment function for g...

    Authors: Ping Wei, Jing Liang, Jing Cheng, Min-Hua Zong and Wen-Yong Lou

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:5

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  15. Content type: Research

    Sustainable alternatives for the production of fuels and chemicals are needed to reduce our dependency on fossil resources and to avoid the negative impact of their excessive use on the global climate. Lignoce...

    Authors: Stefan Marcus Gaida, Andrea Liedtke, Andreas Heinz Wilhelm Jentges, Benedikt Engels and Stefan Jennewein

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:6

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  16. Content type: Research

    Polylactic acid (PLA) is one important chemical building block that is well known as a biodegradable and a biocompatible plastic. The traditional lactate fermentation pr...

    Authors: Nilnate Assavasirijinda, Deyong Ge, Bo Yu, Yanfen Xue and Yanhe Ma

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:3

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  17. Content type: Research

    Isepamicin is a weakly toxic but highly active aminoglycoside antibiotic derivative of gentamicin B. Gentamicin B is a naturally occurring minor component isolated from Micromonospora echinospora. 2ʹ-NH2-containi...

    Authors: Xianpu Ni, Zhenpeng Sun, Yawen Gu, Hao Cui and Huanzhang Xia

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2016 15:1

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