Structure and specificity of a permissive bacterial C-prenyltransferase

February 6th, 2017 by Sherif I Elshahawi

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 366 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2285

Authors: Sherif I Elshahawi, Hongnan Cao, Khaled A Shaaban, Larissa V Ponomareva, Thangaiah Subramanian, Mark L Farman, H Peter Spielmann, George N Phillips, Jon S Thorson & Shanteri Singh

This study highlights the biochemical and structural characterization of the L-tryptophan C6 C-prenyltransferase (C-PT) PriB from Streptomyces sp. RM-5-8. PriB was found to be uniquely permissive to a diverse array of prenyl donors and acceptors including daptomycin. Two additional PTs also produced novel prenylated daptomycins with improved antibacterial activities over the parent drug.

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