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Author(s): Ledoux, J.B
Antunes, A.
Title: Beyond the beaten path: improving natural products bioprospecting using an eco-evolutionary framework–the case of the octocorals
Publisher: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Marine natural products (NPs) represent an impressive source of novel bioactive molecules with major biotechnological applications. Nevertheless, the usual chemical and applied perspective leading most of bioprospecting projects come along with various limitations blurring our under- standing of the extensive marine chemical diversity. Here, we propose several guidelines: (i) to optimize bioprospecting and (ii) to refine our knowledge on marine chemical ecology focusing on octocorals, one of the most promising sources of marine NPs. We identified a significant phylogenetic bias in the octocoral bioprospecting, which calls for the development of a con- certed discovery strategy. Given the gap existing between the number of isolated NPs and the knowledge regarding their functions, we provide an ecologically centered workflow prioritizing biological function ahead of chemical identification. Furthermore, we illustrate how -omic technol- ogies should rapidly increase our knowledge on solving different aspects of the ecology and evo- lution of marine NPs.
Subject: Octocoral
natural products
chemical ecology
concerted discovery strategy
ecological function
biosynthesis patterns
eco- evolutionary processes
common garden experiments
reciprocal transplant experiments
-omic technologies
metage- nomic
in silico bioprospecting
owner of the gene
Source: Critical Reviews In Biotechnology, 2018 Vol. 38, No. 2, 184–198
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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