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Polyene Macrolide Antibiotic Biosynthesis

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Abstract:

Polyenes constitute a large class of natural metabolites produced by giant multifunctional enzymes in a process resembling fatty acid biosynthesis. Like fatty acids, polyene macrolides and other polyketides are assembled by decarboxylative condensations of simple carboxylic acids. But while fatty acid intermediates are fully reduced, polyene macrolide intermediates suffer the suppression of reduction or dehydration reactions at given biosynthetic steps. In the last years, much progress has been made in our understanding of the linear and modular organization of the gene clusters, and the enzymes encoded by them, responsible for the biosynthesis of these macrocyclic metabolites. This know-how about the rules that govern polyene chain growth has provided the basis for the first rational manipulations of these fascinating systems for the production of engineered derivatives and promises a new era of novel polyene development, which will hopefully yield new molecules with improved pharmacological properties.

Keywords: antifungal; macrolide; polyene; polyketide synthase

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/0929867043365044

Affiliations: Institute of Biotechnology INBIOTEC, Parque Cientifico de Leon, Avda. del Real, no. 1, 24006 Leon, Spain

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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