Two disparate polyketide families, the benzenediol lactones and the azaphilones, are produced by fungi using iterative polyketide synthase (iPKS) enzymes consisting of collaborating partner subunits. Exploitation of this common biosynthetic logic using iPKS subunit shuffling allowed the diversity-oriented combinatorial biosynthesis of unprecedented polyketide scaffolds new to nature, bearing structural motifs from both of these orthogonal natural product families. Starter unit acyltransferase domain replacements proved necessary but not sufficient to guarantee communication between iPKS subunits.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry