In vivo and in vitro bioconversion of ε-rhodomycinone glycoside to doxorubicin: Functions of DauP, DauK, and DoxA

Michael L. Dickens, Nigel D. Priestley, William R. Strohl

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Abstract

We recently determined the function of the gene product of Streptomyces sp. strain C5 doxA, a cytochrome P-450-like protein, to be daunorubicin C-14 hydroxylase (M. L. Dickens and W. R. Strohl, J. Bacteriol. 178: 3389-3395, 1996). In the present study, we show that DoxA also catalyzes the hydroxylation of 13-deoxycarminomycin and 13-deoxydaunorubicin to 13- dihydrocarminomycin and 13-dihydrodaunorubicin, respectively, as well as oxidizing the 13-dihydro-anthracyclines to their respective 13-keto forms. The Streptomyces sp. strain C5 dauP gene product also was shown unequivocally to remove the carbomethoxy group of the ε-rhodomycinone-glycoside (rhodomycin D) to form 10-carboxy-13-deoxycarminomycin. Additionally, Streptomyces sp. strain C5 DauK was found to methylate the anthracyclines rhodomycin D, 10-carboxy-13-deoxycarminomycin, and 13-deoxy-carminomycin, at the 4-hydroxyl position, indicating a broader substrate specificity than was previously known. The products of Streptomyces sp. strain C5 doxA, dauK, and dauP were sufficient and necessary to confer on Streptomyces lividans TK24 the ability to convert rhodomycin D, the first glycoside in daunorubicin and doxorubicin biosynthesis, to doxorubicin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2641-2650
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Volume179
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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