The biosynthesis of antibiotic F-244 in Fusarium sp. ATCC 20788: origin of the carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Biosynthetic incorporation experiments were performed with carbon-13 labelled precursors including sodium [1-13C]-, [2-13C], and [1,2-13C2]-acetate as well as [methyl-13C]methionine into antibiotic F-244 (1) in growing cultures of Fusarium sp. ATCC 20788. After conversion to the methyl ester 2, analysis by NMR showed that the carbon skeleton of 1 derives from seven intact acetate units; the remaining four carbons are from methionine. Hence, the pathway is similar to that reported for 1 in Scopulariopsis. The biogenesis of the hydrogen atoms in 1 was also investigated. Incorporation of sodium [1-13C, 18O2]acetate gives 2, which exhibits 18O-induced isotope shifts at C-1 and C-3. The labelling pattern is consistent with formation of the β-lactone ring by nucleophilic attack of a C-3 hydroxyl group in the nascent polyketide precursor onto the C-1 carbonyl. Keywords: biosynthesis, polyketide, F-244, β-lactone, Fusarium.

publication date

  • January 1, 1995