The muraminomicin biosynthetic gene cluster and enzymatic formation of the 2-deoxyaminoribosyl appendage

Xiuling Chi, Satoshi Baba, Nidhi Tibrewal, Masanori Funabashi, Koichi Nonaka, Steven G. Van Lanen

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Muraminomicin is a lipopeptidyl nucleoside antibiotic produced by Streptosporangium amethystogenes SANK 60709. Similar to several members of this antibiotic family such as A-90289 and muraymycin, the structure of muraminomicin consists of a disaccharide comprised of two modified ribofuranose units linked by an O-β(1 → 5) glycosidic bond; however, muraminomicin holds the distinction in that both ribose units are 2-deoxy sugars. The biosynthetic gene cluster of muraminomicin has been identified, cloned and sequenced, and bioinformatic analysis revealed a minimum of 24 open reading frames putatively involved in the biosynthesis, resistance, and regulation of muraminomicin. Fives enzymes are likely involved in the assembly and attachment of the 2,5-dideoxy-5-aminoribose saccharide unit, and two are now functionally assigned and characterized: Mra20, a 5′-amino-2′,5′-dideoxyuridine phosphorylase and Mra23, a UTP:5-amino-2,5-dideoxy-α-d-ribose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase. The cumulative results are consistent with the incorporation of the ribosyl appendage of muraminomicin via the archetypical sugar biosynthetic pathway that parallels A-90289 biosynthesis, and the specificity for this appendage is dictated primarily by the two characterized enzymes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-243
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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