A-500359s, A-503083s, and A-102395 are capuramycin-type nucleoside antibiotics that were discovered using a screen to identify inhibitors of bacterial translocase I, an essential enzyme in peptidoglycan cell wall biosynthesis. Like the parent capuramycin, A-500359s and A-503083s consist of three structural components: a uridine-5'-carboxamide (CarU), a rare unsaturated hexuronic acid, and an aminocaprolactam, the last of which is substituted by an unusual arylamine-containing polyamide in A-102395. The biosynthetic gene clusters for A-500359s and A-503083s have been reported, and two genes encoding a putative non-heme Fe(II)-dependent α-ketoglutarate:UMP dioxygenase and an l-Thr:uridine-5'-aldehyde transaldolase were uncovered, suggesting that C-C bond formation during assembly of the high carbon (C6) sugar backbone of CarU proceeds from the precursors UMP and l-Thr to form 5'-C-glycyluridine (C7) as a biosynthetic intermediate. Here, isotopic enrichment studies with the producer of A-503083s were used to indeed establish l-Thr as the direct source of the carboxamide of CarU. With this knowledge, the A-102395 gene cluster was subsequently cloned and characterized. A genetic system in the A-102395-producing strain was developed, permitting the inactivation of several genes, including those encoding the dioxygenase (cpr19) and transaldolase (cpr25), which abolished the production of A-102395, thus confirming their role in biosynthesis. Heterologous production of recombinant Cpr19 and CapK, the transaldolase homolog involved in A-503083 biosynthesis, confirmed their expected function. Finally, a phosphotransferase (Cpr17) conferring self-resistance was functionally characterized. The results provide the opportunity to use comparative genomics along with in vivo and in vitro approaches to probe the biosynthetic mechanism of these intriguing structures.

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Published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, v. 290, no. 22, p. 13710-13724.

This research was originally published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Wenlong Cai, Anwesha Goswami, Zhaoyong Yang, Xiaodong Liu, Keith D. Green, Sandra Barnard-Britson, Satoshi Baba, Masanori Funabashi, Koichi Nonaka, Manjula Sunkara, Andrew J. Morris, Anatol P. Spork, Christian Ducho, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Jon S. Thorson, and Steven G. Van Lanen. The Biosynthesis of Capuramycin-type Antibiotics: Identification of the A-102395 Biosynthetic Gene Cluster, Mechanism of Self-Resistence, and Formation of Uridine-5'-Carboxamide. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2015; 290:13710-13724. © the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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This work was supported, in whole or in part, by National Institutes of Health, NIAID, Grant AI087849 (to S. V. L.). This work was also supported by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Grant UL1TR000117, NSF CAREER award MCB-1149427 (to S. G.-T.), and the Kentucky Science and Education Foundation (to S. V. L.).

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