CRISPR–Cas9 strategy for activation of silent Streptomyces biosynthetic gene clusters

April 10th, 2017 by Mingzi M Zhang

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 607 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2341

Authors: Mingzi M Zhang, Fong Tian Wong, Yajie Wang, Shangwen Luo, Yee Hwee Lim, Elena Heng, Wan Lin Yeo, Ryan E Cobb, Behnam Enghiad, Ee Lui Ang & Huimin Zhao

Here we report an efficient CRISPR–Cas9 knock-in strategy to activate silent biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) in streptomycetes. We applied this one-step strategy to activate multiple BGCs of different classes in five Streptomyces species and triggered the production of unique metabolites, including a novel pentangular type II polyketide in Streptomyces viridochromogenes. This potentially scalable strategy complements existing activation approaches and facilitates discovery efforts to uncover new compounds with interesting bioactivities.

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