Newly discovered enzyme helps make valuable bioactive saponins

IMAGE: Engineered biosynthetic pathway for production of glycyrrhizin in yeast. The complete glycyrrhizin biosynthetic pathway was constructed by expressing β-amyrin synthase (βAS), two cytochrome P450s (CYP88D6 and CYP72A63), CSyGT, UGT73P12 and… view more  Credit: Osaka University Osaka, Japan – Many plants, including legumes, make naturally occurring chemicals called saponins. For example, the medicinal plant licorice […]