Special Issue "Metabolism in Phototrophic Prokaryotes and Algae"
A special issue of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)
Dr. Dirk Steinhauser
Department Molecular Physiology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Am Mühlenberg 1, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
Phone: +49331 567 8218
Interests: metabolic diversity and evolution; systems metabolomics, synthetic biology; computational biology and bioinformatics
Phototrophic prokaryotes and algae play an important role as primary producers in the global carbon and nitrogen cycle on Earth. Accordingly they have been the focus of research since many decades, especially with respect to their exploitability as a source for the production of renewable energy. Furthermore, the multitudes of secondary metabolites produced are of potential industrial importance as they can be used for pharmaceuticals against bacterial and viral infections or as food supplements just to name some. In addition, phototropic microalgae, which are of relatively simple architecture, have increasingly been used in basic research as models to study the photosynthetic processes in single cells. Still, there remain many open questions in particular regarding algal metabolism and metabolic diversity.
The ever-growing body of complete genome information of phototrophic prokaryotes and algae provides an unprecedented data source to explore their metabolic capabilities which have already led to new and surprising metabolic findings. As metabolites can be considered an important cellular response to environmental perturbations, metabolomics, in conjunction with data from genomics and post-genomics high-throughput ‘omics’ approaches, will facilitate insights into the molecular mechanisms, functions, and evolution of metabolic and associated regulatory pathways. Additionally, this will further enhance our biochemical and metabolic knowledge related to phototrophic prokaryotes and algae, provide the fundamental framework to exploit their potential usage in biotechnology and will also opened novel research avenues in both plant and non-plant systems.
Therefore this special issue of Metabolites will be dedicated to the metabolism in phototrophic prokaryotes and algae. We will consider review articles as well as original research papers with special focus on any aspect of metabolism, its regulation, evolution, and diversity in these organisms. The focus can be either on a single organism or on comparative studies. Furthermore, original research article related to method improvements and development (e.g. culturing, harvesting, software development and biochemical / analytical approach) are also welcome, as such work represents the basic foundation to deepen our insight into the algal metabolism.
Dr. Dirk Steinhauser
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- phototrophic prokaryotes and algae
- metabolism and metabolomics
- metabolic networks and modeling
- metabolic diversity
- metabolic and pathway evolution
- primary and secondary metabolites
- functional and comparative genomics
- bioinformatics and systems biology
- biochemical and analytic methods