A3 foresight network on natural products
Discovery and development of natural products (NPs) have played important roles in the fields of human medicine and other biotechnology fields for the past several decades. Recent genome-mining approaches for the isolation of novel and cryptic NP biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) have led to the growing interest in NP research communities including Asian NP researchers from China, Japan, and Korea. Recently, a three-nation government-sponsored program named ‘A3 Foresight Network on Chemical and Synthetic Biology of NPs’ has been launched with a goal of establishing an Asian hub for NP research-&-personnel exchange program. This brief commentary describes introduction, main researchers, and future perspective of A3 NP network program.
KeywordsA3 Natural product Genome mining Streptomyces Synthetic biology
This work was supported by the ‘A3 Foresight Network Program’ funded by the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 21661140002), JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), and NRF (National Research Foundation of Korea, NRF-2016K2A9A2A10005545).
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