RNA switches

  • Marzi S, Fechter P, Chevalier C, Romby P, Geissmann T. RNA switches regulate initiation of translation in bacteria. Biological Chemistry, 389(5):585-598, 2008. PMID:18953726
  • Narberhaus F. mRNA-mediated detection of environmental conditions. Archives of Microbiology, 178(6):404-410, 2002. PMID:16680139
  • Isaacs FJ, Dwyer DJ, Collins JJ. RNA synthetic biology. Nature Biology, 24(5):545-554, 2006. PMID:16680139

RNA thermometers

  • F. Narberhaus, T. Waldminghaus & S. Chowdhury. RNA thermometers. FEMS Microbiol Rev, 30(1):3-16, 2006. PMID:16438677
  • Saheli Chowdhury, Christophe Maris, Frédéric H-T Allain, and Franz Narberhaus. Molecular basis for temperature sensing by an RNA thermometer. The EMBO Journal, 25:2487–2497, 2006. PMID:16710302
  • J . Johansson, P . Mandin, A . Renzoni, C . Chiaruttini, M . Springer, and P . Cossart. An RNA thermosensor controls expression of virulance genes in Listeria monocytogenes. Cell , 110(5):551-561, 2002. PMID:12230973
  • Torsten Waldminghaus, Nadja Heidrich, Sabine Brantl, and Franz Narberhaus. FourU: a novel type of RNA thermometer in Salmonella. Molecular Microbiology, 65(2):413-424, 2007. PMID:17630972
  • M. Wieland and J.S. Hartig. RNA Quadruplex-Based Modulation of Gene Expression. Chemistry & Biology, 14(7):757–763, 2007. PMID:17656312
  • Saheli Chowdhury, Curdin Ragaz, Emma Kreuger, and Franz Narberhaus. Temperature-controlled Structural Alterations of an RNA Thermometer. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 278(48):47915-47921, 2003. PMID:12963744
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  • A general text on using micro-organisms for flavor production [1]
  • The references page on the edinburgh 2007 wiki, several references on color and flavor are present [2]

Two papers on Geosmin biosynthesis (an earthy odorant):

  • Biosynthesis of the earthy odorant geosmin by a bifunctional Streptomyces coelicolor enzyme, Jiang et al.[3]
  • A Novel Type of Geosmin Biosynthesis in Myxobacteria, Dickschat et al. [4]

Papers on plant volatile production:

  • Biosynthesis of Plant Volatiles: Nature’s Diversity and Ingenuity, Pichersky et al. [5]
  • Biosynthesis of plant-derived flavor compounds, Schwab et al. [6]
  • Rose Scent [7]
  • Stable-light producing E. coli [8]
  • Identification of genes for bacterial bioluminescence [9]
  • Group in Leiden working with the Soil Bacterium Streptomyces [10]