Discovery of natural products possessing selective eukaryotic readthrough activity: 3-epi-deoxynegamycin and its leucine adduct.

Herein we report the first discovery of natural readthrough products that do not display antimicrobial activity. Two natural negamycins, 3-epi-deoxynegamycin and its leucine adduct, isolated 37 years ago, were found to be potent readthrough agents against nonsense mutations of eukaryotes, but not prokaryotes, without displaying antimicrobial activity. These… (More)