Research report 2007 - Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Rational design of enzymes with novel catalytic properties
Molekulare Phytopathologie (Prof. Dr. Paul Schulze-Lefert)
MPI für Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung, Köln
SummaryPlants synthesize a vast array of secondary compounds derived from phenylalanine, which fulfill defense functions against unfavorable environmental conditions. To understand the basis for this chemical diversity, the mechanism of substrate selection was unraveled for a key enzyme of phenylpropanoid metabolism. This knowledge may provide strategies of engineering natural product pathways aiming at targeted modifications of plant properties.