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|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Secondary Metabolites Biosynthesis → Antibiotic Biosynthesis|
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The antibiotic albaflavenone was first isolated from a Streptomyces species from the species group Streptomyces albidoflavus, cluster 1. This compound had an earthy, camphor-like odor and was described as an α,β-unsaturated sesquiterpene ketone with a zizaene skeleton. It showed antimicrobial activity against Bacillus subtilis [Gurtler94]. It biosynthetic pathway in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2) has been determined [Zhao08b, Lin06a]. This pathway is also likely to occur in Streptomyces avermitilis based on the existence of a transcriptionally coupled, two-gene cluster in Streptomyces avermitilis encoding enzymes having 76% amino acid sequence identity with those of Streptomyces coelicolor. In addition, epi-isozizaene synthase activity was demonstrated for the corresponding Streptomyces avermitilis gene product (in [Zhao08b]).
About This Pathway
In this pathway (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate is cyclized in a Mg2+-dependent reaction to form the novel sesquiterpene metabolite (+)-epi-isozizaene [Lin06a, Zhao08b]. This is followed by a two-step allylic oxidation of (+)-epi-isozizaene to form the 5-keto derivative albaflavenone via an epimeric mixture of (5S)-albaflavenol and (5R)-albaflavenol intermediates. All four compounds were detected in extracts of Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2) by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry [Zhao08b].
This two-step oxidation of an allylic methylene to a conjugated ketone by a single cytochrome P450 enzyme is less common than the three-step oxidation of methyl groups to carboxylic acids catalyzed by other single cytochrome P450 enzymes (in [Zhao08b]).
Gurtler94: Gurtler H, Pedersen R, Anthoni U, Christophersen C, Nielsen PH, Wellington EM, Pedersen C, Bock K (1994). "Albaflavenone, a sesquiterpene ketone with a zizaene skeleton produced by a streptomycete with a new rope morphology." J Antibiot (Tokyo) 47(4);434-9. PMID: 8195043
Lin06a: Lin X, Hopson R, Cane DE (2006). "Genome mining in Streptomyces coelicolor: molecular cloning and characterization of a new sesquiterpene synthase." J Am Chem Soc 128(18);6022-3. PMID: 16669656
Zhao08b: Zhao B, Lin X, Lei L, Lamb DC, Kelly SL, Waterman MR, Cane DE (2008). "Biosynthesis of the Sesquiterpene Antibiotic Albaflavenone in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2)." J Biol Chem 283(13);8183-9. PMID: 18234666
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