Crystallographic Studies of Terpene Synthases: Important Enzymes that Synthesize Antibiotic and Biofuel Precursors, Aromatic Essential Oil Compounds and Anti-cancer Derivatives

Patrick Neil Blank, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Terpene synthases synthesize highly complex natural products from linear isoprenoid starting molecules. These products often have a wide variety of applications spanning multiple industries. In order to unravel the production pathway of these important compounds, macromolecular crystallography via structural biology techniques can yield enzyme crystal structures. These crystal structures provide snapshots of biocatalysis, often providing clues to support a proposed chemical mechanism when combined with computational modeling. Through studying crystal structures of geranylgeranylglyceryl phosphate synthase, epi-Isozizaene synthase, sesquisabinene synthase, and cucumene synthase, this work aims to further the mechanistic understanding of the respective natural products that have usefulness in the medical, fuel, and flavor industries.

Subject Area

Chemistry|Biochemistry|Bioengineering

Recommended Citation

Blank, Patrick Neil, "Crystallographic Studies of Terpene Synthases: Important Enzymes that Synthesize Antibiotic and Biofuel Precursors, Aromatic Essential Oil Compounds and Anti-cancer Derivatives" (2019). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI27540715.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI27540715

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