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Synonyms: PTT biosynthesis, bialaphos biosynthesis
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Secondary Metabolites Biosynthesis → Antibiotic Biosynthesis|
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L-phophinothricin is a non-proteinogenic amino acid that is a structural analogue of L-glutamate . As such, it is a potent inhibitor of glutamine synthetase, an enzyme central to nitrogen regulation in many bacterial and plant species [Bayer72, Lea84]. It is the active ingredient in several nonselective systemic herbicides, including Basta, Rely, Finale, Challenge and Liberty.
Phosphinothricin is the only known naturally occurring compound in which a C-P-C bond motif (phosphorus linked to two carbons) is found.
L-phophinothricin is produced by at least three species of actinomycetes as a component of non-ribosomally synthesized peptides. These include phosalacine, produced by Kitasatospora phosalacinea [Omura84] and phophinothricin tripeptide (PTT), also known as bialaphos, which is produced by some strains of Streptomyces hygroscopicus [Seto82] and Streptomyces viridochromogenes [Bayer72]. The peptides are potent antibiotics and herbicides, transported into cells via the oligopeptide transport system, and hydrolyzed intracellularly by peptidases, releasing the toxic L-phophinothricin.
Studies of phophinothricin tripeptide biosynthesis in either of these two organisms suggest that it involves no less than 18 discrete enzymatically catalyzed reactions, starting from the common metabolite phosphoenolpyruvate . These enzymatic steps have been linked to a chromosomal gene cluster about 35 kb in length that includes at least 24 genes that are essential for the process [Schwartz04, Blodgett05]. Most of the steps have been ellucidated, and many of the enzymes have been identified [Alves05, Schwartz96, Schwartz98, Heinzelmann01, Blodgett05, Blodgett07, Cicchillo09]. The pathway includes several unusual transformations, including a C(sp3)-C(sp3) bond cleavage by the phpD-encoded dioxygenase, the formation of two phosphorus-carbon bonds by phosphoenolpyruvate phosphomutase (ppm) and P-methylase (bcpD), and the assembley of the peptide backbone by three nonribosomal peptide sythetases, encoded by phsA, phsB and phsC.
Different iterations of the pathway have been published over the years. A major revision of the upper part of the pathway, specifically the portion from phosphonoacetaldehyde to carboxyphosphonoenolpyruvate, has been suggested in 2007 by [Blodgett07].
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Blodgett05: Blodgett JA, Zhang JK, Metcalf WW (2005). "Molecular cloning, sequence analysis, and heterologous expression of the phosphinothricin tripeptide biosynthetic gene cluster from Streptomyces viridochromogenes DSM 40736." Antimicrob Agents Chemother 49(1);230-40. PMID: 15616300
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Cicchillo09: Cicchillo RM, Zhang H, Blodgett JA, Whitteck JT, Li G, Nair SK, van der Donk WA, Metcalf WW (2009). "An unusual carbon-carbon bond cleavage reaction during phosphinothricin biosynthesis." Nature 459(7248);871-4. PMID: 19516340
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