Sharing a branch: The first biosynthesis of an unprecedented branched PKS extender unit from valine/isobutyrate was unveiled, involving a designated ketosynthase III and a crotonyl reductase/carboxylase (CCR). Isobutylmalonyl-CoA (ibMCoA) is not only employed in divergolide biosynthesis but is also incorporated into novel, antibacterial germicidins (see scheme). Such natural biocombinatorics are unparalleled in polyketide biosynthesis.
- Combinatorial Biosynthesis
- Extender Units