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    Phosphomannose isomerase and phosphomannomutase gene disruptions in Streptomyces nodosus: impact on amphotericin biosynthesis and implications for glycosylation engineering
    Streptomycetes synthesise several bioactive natural products that are modified with sugar residues derived from GDP-mannose. These include the antifungal polyenes, the antibacterial antibiotics hygromycin A and mannopeptimycins, and the anticancer agent bleomycin. Three enzymes function in biosynthesis of GDP-mannose from the glycolytic intermediate fructose 6-phosphate: phosphomannose isomerase (PMI), phosphomannomutase (PMM) and GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase (GMPP). Synthesis of GDP-mannose from exogenous mannose requires hexokinase or phosphotransferase enzymes together with PMM and GMPP. In this study, a region containing genes for PMI, PMM and GMPP was cloned from Streptomyces nodosus, producer of the polyenes amphotericins A and B. Inactivation of the manA gene for PMI resulted in production of amphotericins and their aglycones, 8-deoxyamphoteronolides. A double mutant lacking the PMI and PMM genes produced 8-deoxyamphoteronolides in good yields along with trace levels of glycosylated amphotericins. With further genetic engineering these mutants may activate alternative hexoses as GDP-sugars for transfer to aglycones in vivo.
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