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Unified biogenesis of ambiguine, fischerindole, hapalindole and welwitindolinone: identification of a monogeranylated indolenine as a cryptic common biosynthetic intermediate by an unusual magnesium-dependent aromatic prenyltransferase

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Abstract

Biochemical characterization of aromatic prenyltransferase AmbP1 and its close homologs WelP1/FidP1 in hapalindole-type alkaloid biosynthetic pathways is reported. These enzymes mediate the magnesium-dependent selective formation of 3-geranyl 3-isocyanovinyl indolenine (2) from cis-indolyl vinyl isonitrile and geranyl pyrophosphate. The role of the magnesium cofactor in AmbP1/WelP1/FidP1 catalysis is unusual for a microbial aromatic prenyltransferase, as it not only facilitates the formation of 2 but also prevents its rearrangement to an isomeric 2-geranyl 3-isocyanovinyl indole (3). The discovery of 2 as a cryptically conserved common biosynthetic intermediate to all hapalindole-type alkaloids suggests an enzyme-mediated Cope rearrangement and aza-Prins-type cyclization cascade is required to transform 2 to a polycyclic hapalindole-like scaffold.

Graphical abstract: Unified biogenesis of ambiguine, fischerindole, hapalindole and welwitindolinone: identification of a monogeranylated indolenine as a cryptic common biosynthetic intermediate by an unusual magnesium-dependent aromatic prenyltransferase

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The article was received on 07 Dec 2015, accepted on 21 Dec 2015 and first published on 22 Dec 2015


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC10060G
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 1737-1740
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    Unified biogenesis of ambiguine, fischerindole, hapalindole and welwitindolinone: identification of a monogeranylated indolenine as a cryptic common biosynthetic intermediate by an unusual magnesium-dependent aromatic prenyltransferase

    X. Liu, M. L. Hillwig, L. M. I. Koharudin and A. M. Gronenborn, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 1737
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CC10060G

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