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Biosynthesis of resveratrol and piceatannol in engineered microbial strains: achievements and perspectives

Shrestha, Anil, Pandey, Ramesh Prasad, Sohng, Jae Kyung
Applied microbiology and biotechnology 2019 v.103 no.7 pp. 2959-2972
Corynebacterium glutamicum, Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, bioactive properties, biosynthesis, chemical hazards, dietary supplements, genetic engineering, grapes, hosts, ingredients, metabolic engineering, passion fruits, pharmaceutical industry, resveratrol, small fruits, synthetic biology, white tea
Resveratrol (3,5,4′-trihydroxystilbene) and piceatannol (3,5,3′,4′-tetrahydroxystilbene) are well-known natural products that are produced by plants. They are important ingredients in pharmaceutical industries and nutritional supplements. They display a wide spectrum of biological activity. Thus, the needs for these compounds are increasing. The natural products have been found in diverse plants, mostly such as grapes, passion fruit, white tea, berries, and many more. The extraction of these products from plants is quite impractical because of the low production in plants, downstream processing difficulties, chemical hazards, and environmental issues. Thus, alternative production in microbial hosts has been devised with combinatorial biosynthetic systems, including metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, and optimization in production process. Since the biosynthesis is not native in microbial hosts such as Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Corynebacterium glutamicum, genetic engineering and manipulation have made it possible. In this review, the discussion will mainly focus on recent progress in production of resveratrol and piceatannol, including the various strategies used for their production.