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J Bacteriol. 2009 Apr;191(8):2871-5. doi: 10.1128/JB.01747-08. Epub 2009 Feb 20.

Modulation of deoxysugar transfer by the elloramycin glycosyltransferase ElmGT through site-directed mutagenesis.

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  • 1Departamento de Biología Funcional e Instituto Universitario de Oncología del Principado de Asturias (IUOPA), Universidad de Oviedo, 33006 Oviedo, Spain.


The glycosyltransferase ElmGT from Streptomyces olivaceus is involved in the biosynthesis of the antitumor drug elloramycin, and it has been shown to possess a broad deoxysugar recognition pattern, being able to transfer different l- and d-deoxysugars to 8-demethyl-tetracenomycin C, the elloramycin aglycone. Site-directed mutagenesis in residues L309 and N312, located in the alpha/beta/alpha motif within the nucleoside diphosphate-sugar binding region, can be used to modulate the substrate flexibility of ElmGT, making it more precise for transfer of specific deoxysugars.

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