Biochemical synthesis discovery could unlock new drug development breakthrough

Published: 11 April 2023

A mystery about how a chemical compound found in nature could be synthesised in the lab may have been solved, scientists say – a breakthrough which could unlock new developments in medicine. Scientists from universities and research institutions in Scotland and Germany are behind the discovery, published in the journal Nature Chemistry. The paper shows for the first time how three proteins are key to the production of alkaloid compounds called crocagins.

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First published: 11 April 2023

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