Special Issue "New Research on Fungal Secondary Metabolites, 2nd Edition"

A special issue of Fermentation (ISSN 2311-5637). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Metabolism, Physiology & Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 820

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School of Biology and Biological Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
Interests: hypocrellins; biorefinery; fermentation techniques; fungal secondary metabolites
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Dear Colleagues,

Fungi, especially higher fungi (ascomycetes and basidiomycetes), have the ability to produce a wide range (over 100,000) of specific pigments, antibiotics, vitamins, and amino acids that are not vital to the fungi's survival itself. Being chemically classified as polyketides, terpenoids, non-ribosomal peptides, shikimic acid derivates, and hybrid compounds composed of these units, the compounds are defined as fungal secondary metabolites (FSMs). In addition, FSMs generally possess functions of natural communication signals when in coexistence with microorganisms and plant cells. They show irreplaceable biological activities such as antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor effects and also have critical biotechnological applications in agriculture and environmental engineering, as well as the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries.

Recently, fermentation has become one of the most popular technologies for the successful production of FSMs on a large scale. Therefore, the research and development of fermentation technology with regard to the sustainable application of FSMs has met with intense interest. Within this scope, this Special Issue is open for full-length original research papers and review articles in mycology, genetic engineering, and biochemical and bioprocessing engineering related to strain screening and selection, processing optimization, and new techniques to improve the production efficiencies and biological modification of FSMs.

Topics of specific interest include:

(1) Structural modification for new derivatives of FSMs through cultivation techniques;

(2) Discovery of emerging strain resources to produce FSMs;

(3) Metabolic pathways and enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of FSMs;

(4) Regulatory factors of functional gene expression to adjust the biosynthesis of FSMs;

(5) Techniques to improve bioprocessing efficiency for FSM production including hemi-solid-state cultivation modes, temperature or light induction, co-cultivation, and chemical inducers;

(6) Case study of the pilot-scale or scale-up process;

(7) Process optimization, and kinetic modeling of the biochemical reaction.

Dr. Xiaofei Tian
Guest Editor

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  • functional gene and genome
  • solid-state cultivation
  • metabolic pathway
  • bioprocessing efficiency
  • chemical inducers
  • high-throughput screen
  • co-cultivation
  • pilot-scale study
  • kinetic modeling
  • structural modification

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Penicillium roqueforti Secondary Metabolites: Biosynthetic Pathways, Gene Clusters, and Bioactivities
Fermentation 2023, 9(9), 836; https://doi.org/10.3390/fermentation9090836 - 13 Sep 2023
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Penicillium roqueforti is a fungal starter culture used for the production of blue-veined cheeses, such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Cabrales, and Danablue. During ripening, this species grows in the veins of the cheese, forming the emblematic blue-green color and establishing the characteristic flavor [...] Read more.
Penicillium roqueforti is a fungal starter culture used for the production of blue-veined cheeses, such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Cabrales, and Danablue. During ripening, this species grows in the veins of the cheese, forming the emblematic blue-green color and establishing the characteristic flavor owin to its biochemical activities. P. roqueforti synthesizes a diverse array of secondary metabolites, including the well-known compounds roquefortine C, clavine alkaloids, such as isofumigaclavine A and B, mycophenolic acid, andrastin A, and PR-toxin. This review provides an in-depth exploration of P. roqueforti’s secondary metabolites, focusing on their biosynthetic pathways, the gene clusters responsible for their production, and their bioactivities. The presence of these compounds in blue cheeses is also reviewed. Furthermore, the silent clusters and the potential of P. roqueforti for producing secondary metabolites were discussed. The review highlights recently identified metabolites, including sesterterpenoids; tetrapeptides, D-Phe-L-Val-D-Val-L-Tyr, and D-Phe-L-Val-D-Val-L-Phe; cis-bis(methylthio)silvatin; and the 1,8-dihydroxynaphthalene (DHN)-melanin precursor, scytalone. Additionally, a gene cluster for DHN–melanin biosynthesis is presented. Finally, a revised cluster for roquefortine C biosynthesis comprising three rather than four genes is proposed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Research on Fungal Secondary Metabolites, 2nd Edition)
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