Modular synthase-encoding gene involved in α-olefin biosynthesis in Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7002

Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Daniel Mendez-PerezBrian F Pfleger

Abstract

A gene involved in the production of medium-chain α-olefins was identified in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7002. The gene encodes a large multidomain protein with homology to type I polyketide synthases, suggesting a route for hydrocarbon biosynthesis from fatty acids via an elongation decarboxylation mechanism.

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Pentenes
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