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An ecological perspective of microbial secondary metabolism

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An ecological perspective of microbial secondary metabolism
Abstract

Bacteria and fungi produce a remarkable array of bioactive small molecules. Many of these have found use in medicine as chemotherapies to treat diseases ranging from infection and cancer to hyperlipidemia and autoimmune disorders. The applications may or may not reflect the actual targets for these compounds. Through careful studies of microbes, their associated molecules and their targets, a growing understanding of the ecology of microbial secondary metabolism is emerging that exposes the central role of secondary metabolites in many complex biological systems.

► The precise role of microbial secondary metabolites is not well established. ► Producer species gain a competitive advantage by secreting bioactive antibiotics. ► Antibiotics likely have additional ecological roles beyond intermicrobial warfare. ► Mutualistic relationships are governed by the production of secondary metabolites. ► Studying the functions of secondary metabolites is revealing a complex chemical ecology.

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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Current Opinion in Biotechnology - Volume 22, Issue 4, August 2011, Pages 552–558
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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