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BACKGROUND The polyene macrolide antibiotic nystatin produced by Streptomyces noursei ATCC 11455 is an important antifungal agent. The nystatin molecule contains a polyketide moiety represented by a 38-membered macrolactone ring to which the deoxysugar mycosamine is attached. Molecular cloning and characterization of the genes governing the nystatin(More)
Six putative regulatory genes are located at the flank of the nystatin biosynthetic gene cluster in Streptomyces noursei ATCC 11455. Gene inactivation and complementation experiments revealed that nysRI, nysRII, nysRIII, and nysRIV are necessary for efficient nystatin production, whereas no significant roles could be demonstrated for the other two(More)
Seven polyene macrolides with alterations in the polyol region and exocyclic carboxy group were obtained via genetic engineering of the nystatin biosynthesis genes in Streptomyces noursei. In vitro analyses of the compounds for antifungal and hemolytic activities indicated that combinations of several mutations caused additive improvements in their(More)
The polyene macrolide antibiotic nystatin produced by Streptomyces noursei contains a deoxyaminosugar mycosamine moiety attached to the C-19 carbon of the macrolactone ring through the beta-glycosidic bond. The nystatin biosynthetic gene cluster contains three genes, nysDI, nysDII, and nysDIII, encoding enzymes with presumed roles in mycosamine biosynthesis(More)
A regulatory gene locus from Streptomyces noursei ATCC14455, the producer of the antifungal antibiotic nystatin, was cloned in Streptomyces lividans based on its ability to activate actinorhodin (Act) production in this host. Deletion and DNA sequencing analyses showed that a small gene, designated ssmA, located downstream of an afsR homologue (a known(More)
Polyene macrolide antibiotics, including nystatin and amphotericin B, possess fungicidal activity and are being used as antifungal agents to treat both superficial and invasive fungal infections. Due to their toxicity, however, their clinical applications are relatively limited, and new-generation polyene macrolides with an improved therapeutic index are(More)
The genes nysH and nysG, encoding putative ABC-type transporter proteins, are located at the flank of the nystatin biosynthetic gene cluster in Streptomyces noursei ATCC 11455. To assess the possible roles of these genes in nystatin biosynthesis, they were inactivated by gene replacements leading to in-frame deletions. Metabolite profile analysis of the(More)
Bioprospecting of natural sources for new medicines has a long and successful history, exemplified by the fact that over 50% of all drugs currently on the market are either derived from or inspired by natural products. However, development of new natural product-based therapeutics has been on the decline over the past 20 years, mainly owing to frequent(More)
The past decade has witnessed a large influx of research toward the creation of sustainable, biologically derived fuels. While significant effort has been exerted to improve production capacity in common hosts, such as Escherichia coli or Saccharomyces cerevisiae, studies concerning alternate microbes comparatively lag. In an effort to expand the breadth of(More)
The nysF gene encoding a putative 4'-phosphopantetheinyl transferase (PPTase) is located at the 5' border of the nystatin biosynthesis gene cluster in Streptomyces noursei. PPTases carry out post-translational modification of the acyl carrier protein domains on the polyketide synthases (PKS) required for their full functionality, and hence NysF was assumed(More)