Synthetic-biology-based discovery of a fungal macrolide from: Macrophomina phaseolina

Yohei Morishita, Terutaka Sonohara, Tohru Taniguchi, Kiyohiro Adachi, Makoto Fujita, Teigo Asai

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A synthetic biology approach based on genome mining and heterologous biosynthesis is a powerful tool for discovering novel natural products from a tremendous gene resource. We carried out fungal genome mining guided by a polyketide synthase gene using a public database and found a putative macrolide biosynthetic gene cluster with a highly reducing polyketide synthase gene and a thioesterase gene in Macrophomina phaseolina. Reconstitution of the cluster in Aspergillus oryzae, a model heterologous host for fungal natural product biosynthesis, produced a new 12-membered macrolide, phaseolide A. The absolute stereochemistry was elucidated by vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy and the crystalline sponge method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2813-2816
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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