Special Issue "Biosynthesis and Biotransformation"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ioulia Smonou

Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, Campus Voutes-Heraklion, 71003 Crete, Greece
Website: http://www.chemistry.uoc.gr/organic/pdf/Smonou_CV.pdf
Interests: biocatalysis-biotransformations in organic synthesis; asymmetric synthesis of bioactive compounds using biocatalytic methods; applied biocatalysis; mechanisms of organic reactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The contribution of Biosynthesis and Biotransformation is of increasing importance as potential alternative methods toward the synthesis of useful metabolites and their commercial production. Plant secondary metabolites, the natural products, are very useful in food and pharmaceutical industry,but their production by total synthesis is not economical. Plant cell culture or hairy root culture technology can be used as alternative methodology for the synthesis of useful chemical compounds or for the transformation of natural products to a variety of compounds of high economical importance.
Moreover, biotransformations, where secondary metabolites as well as xenobiotic compounds can be used as substrates, has emerged as one of the major targets of biotechnological application, offering great innovative potential in the otherwise difficult or impossible stereospecific synthesis of important organic molecules. Biotransformation reactions catalyzed by plant cell cultures include oxidoreductions, hydroxylations, acylations, etc. This innovative methodology is of great importance for industrial application.
This Special Issue on Biosynthesis and Biotransformation will offer an attractive forum to present the potential of this technology. I strongly encourage authors to submit papers for this Special Issue, within the scope of Molecules. I hope that the topics covered will reflect the potential and the excitement of Biosynthesis and Biotransformation in the scientific community.

Ioulia Smonou
Guest Editor


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  • biosynthetic enzymes
  • biosynthesis and Bacteria
  • mechanistic studies
  • biosynthesis of natural products
  • biocatalysis
  • enzymatic reactions
  • biotransformations

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p. 3654-3668
by , , , ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(3), 3654-3668; doi:10.3390/molecules19033654
Received: 13 January 2014 / Revised: 17 March 2014 / Accepted: 18 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
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p. 1856-1886
by , , ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(2), 1856-1886; doi:10.3390/molecules19021856
Received: 24 December 2013 / Revised: 5 February 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 10 February 2014
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p. 13812-13822
Molecules 2013, 18(11), 13812-13822; doi:10.3390/molecules181113812
Received: 8 September 2013 / Revised: 28 October 2013 / Accepted: 30 October 2013 / Published: 7 November 2013
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