Molecule of the Week

Platensimycin

January 23, 2012

Merck researchers isolated platensimycin, a natural antibiotic, from the bacterium Streptomyces platensis in 2006. The metabolite was later found to have potential for treating diabetes and related disorders. In 2011, B. Shen and co-workers deduced the details of platensimycin’s biosynthesis by analyzing its biosynthetic gene clusters.

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