Evolution of Caffeine Biosynthesis Enzymes (Student View)

Submitted by molecadmin on Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:13

Authors: Brian Sullivan (University of North Carolina), and Shuchismita Dutta* (Rutgers University, NJ); *contact: sdutta@rcsb.rutgers.edu

Citation and Adaptations: doi:10.25334/225Z-KR22

Work funded by NSF grant # 1827011


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Scientific article (doi:10.1126/science.1255274)

Question: Why and how do plants make caffeine? Do they all make it the same way?
Biology Getting to Structure: Part 1: Why and How do Plants make Caffeine?
  Molecular Exploration: Part 2: Biosynthesis of Caffeine in Molecular Detail
  Modeling: Part 3: Evolution of Caffeine biosynthesis
  Assessment: Biosynthesis of a Medicinal Alkaloid