TALK: Redirecting photosynthetic energy and reducing power towards synthesis of bioactive molecule – University of Copenhagen

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18 September 2015

TALK: Redirecting photosynthetic energy and reducing power towards synthesis of bioactive molecule


BioSynergy steering group member, Professor Poul Erik Jensen, has been invited to speak at the Synthetic Biology Congress. He will talk on the topic "redirecting photosynthetic energy and reducing power towards synthesis of bioactive molecules".

In photosynthesis solar energy is initially converted into chemical energy in the form of ATP and NADPH and subsequently into reduced carbon compounds. The talk will focus on how photosynthesis can be used to channel energy and reducing power into light-driven production of high-value bioactive compounds. Key enzymes catalyzing their biosynthesis are the diterpene synthases and cytochrome P450s. Through a synthetic biology approach, specific diterpene synthases and cytochrome P450s involved in biosynthesis of diterpenoids, with potential use as pharmaceuticals, has been coupled directly to the photosynthetic energy output by relocating them to the chloroplasts of tobacco or into the thylakoids of cyanobacteria. Approaches to optimize electron transfer towards the P450s and organization of the new biosynthetic enzymes will be presented.

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Designed for experts working in genome engineering, technological developments, protein design, cell building, bio-manufacturing and gene editing, the Synthetic Biology Congress will examine the latest developments in these fields in both the healthcare and plant biology sectors.

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The conference will thus provide a timely interactive networking forum offering the opportunity to take home cutting edge research, strategies, methods and solutions to allow you to keep up to date with the latest advancements, novel methods and applications of Synthetic Biology within your field.

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