Distinct mechanisms for spiro-carbon formation reveal biosynthetic pathway crosstalk

Yuta Tsunematsu, Noriyasu Ishikawa, Daigo Wakana, Yukihiro Goda, Hiroshi Noguchi, Hisao Moriya, Kinya Hotta, Kenji Watanabe

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Spirotryprostatins, an indole alkaloid class of nonribosomal peptides isolated from Aspergillus fumigatus, are known for their antimitotic activity in tumor cells. Because spirotryprostatins and many other chemically complex spiro-carbon-bearing natural products exhibit useful biological activities, identifying and understanding the mechanism of spiro-carbon biosynthesis is of great interest. Here we report a detailed study of spiro-ring formation in spirotryprostatins from tryprostatins derived from the fumitremorgin biosynthetic pathway, using reactants and products prepared with engineered yeast and fungal strains. Unexpectedly, FqzB, an FAD-dependent monooxygenase from the unrelated fumiquinazoline biosynthetic pathway, catalyzed spiro-carbon formation in spirotryprostatin A via an epoxidation route. Furthermore, FtmG, a cytochrome P450 from the fumitremorgin biosynthetic pathway, was determined to catalyze the spiro-ring formation in spirotryprostatin B. Our results highlight the versatile role of oxygenating enzymes in the biosynthesis of structurally complex natural products and indicate that cross-talk of different biosynthetic pathways allows product diversification in natural product biosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-825
Number of pages8
JournalNature Chemical Biology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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