Puromycins B-E, Naturally Occurring Amino-Nucleosides Produced by the Himalayan Isolate Streptomyces sp. PU-14G

Muhammad Abbas, Sherif I. Elshahawi, Xiachang Wang, Larissa V. Ponomareva, Imran Sajid, Khaled A. Shaaban, Jon S. Thorson

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The isolation and structure elucidation of four new naturally occurring amino-nucleoside [puromycins B-E (1-4)] metabolites from a Himalayan isolate (Streptomyces sp. PU-14-G, isolated from the Bara Gali region of northern Pakistan) is reported. Consistent with prior reports, comparative antimicrobial assays revealed the need for the free 2″-amine for anti-Gram-positive bacteria and antimycobacterial activity. Similarly, comparative cancer cell line cytotoxicity assays highlighted the importance of the puromycin-free 2″-amine and the impact of 3′-nucleoside substitution. These studies extend the repertoire of known naturally occurring puromycins and their corresponding SAR. Notably, 1 represents the first reported naturally occurring bacterial puromycin-related metabolite with a 3′-N-amino acid substitution that differs from the 3′-N-tyrosinyl of classical puromycin-type natural products. This discovery suggests the biosynthesis of 1 in Streptomyces sp. PU-14G may invoke a uniquely permissive amino-nucleoside synthetase and/or multiple synthetases and sets the stage for further studies to elucidate, and potentially exploit, new biocatalysts for puromycin chemoenzymatic diversification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2560-2566
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Organic Chemistry


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