System-level understanding of gene expression and regulation for engineering secondary metabolite production in Streptomyces

Yongjae Lee, Namil Lee, Soonkyu Hwang, Kangsan Kim, Woori Kim, Jihun Kim, Suhyung Cho, Bernhard O. Palsson, Byung Kwan Cho*

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Abstract

The gram-positive bacterium, Streptomyces, is noticed for its ability to produce a wide array of pharmaceutically active compounds through secondary metabolism. To discover novel bioactive secondary metabolites and increase the production, Streptomyces species have been extensively studied for the past decades. Among the cellular components, RNA molecules play important roles as the messengers for gene expression and diverse regulations taking place at the RNA level. Thus, the analysis of RNA-level regulation is critical to understanding the regulation of Streptomyces’ metabolism and secondary metabolite production. A dramatic advance in Streptomyces research was made recently, by exploiting high-throughput technology to systematically understand RNA levels. In this review, we describe the current status of the system-wide investigation of Streptomyces in terms of RNA, toward expansion of its genetic potential for secondary metabolite synthesis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
Volume47
Pages (from-to)739–752
ISSN1367-5435
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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