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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A Sorangium cellulosum (myxobacterium) gene cluster for the biosynthesis of the macrolide antibiotic soraphen A: cloning, characterization, and homology to polyketide synthase genes from actinomycetes.

A 40-kb region of DNA from Sorangium cellulosum So ce26, which contains polyketide synthase (PKS) genes for synthesis of the antifungal macrolide antibiotic soraphen A, was cloned. These genes were detected by homology to Streptomyces violaceoruber genes encoding components of granaticin PKS, thus extending this powerful technique for the identification of bacterial PKS genes, which has so far been applied only to actinomycetes, to the gram-negative myxobacteria. Functional analysis by gene disruption has indicated that about 32 kb of contiguous DNA of the cloned region contains genes involved in soraphen A biosynthesis. The nucleotide sequence of a 6.4-kb DNA fragment, derived from the region with homology to granaticin PKS genes, was determined. Analysis of this sequence has revealed the presence of a single large open reading frame beginning and ending outside the 6.4-kb fragment. The deduced amino acid sequence indicates the presence of a domain with a high level of similarity to beta-ketoacyl synthases that are involved in polyketide synthesis. Other domains with high levels of similarity to regions of known polyketide biosynthetic functions were identified, including those for acyl transferase, acyl carrier protein, ketoreductase, and dehydratase. We present data which indicate that soraphen A biosynthesis is catalyzed by large, multifunctional enzymes analogous to other bacterial PKSs of type I.[1]


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