Biosynthetic reconstitution of deoxysugar phosphoramidate metalloprotease inhibitors using an N–P-bond-forming kinase†
Phosphoramidon is a potent metalloprotease inhibitor and a widespread tool in cell biology research. It contains a dipeptide backbone that is uniquely linked to a 6-deoxysugar via a phosphoramidate bridge. Herein, we report the identification of a gene cluster for the formation of phosphoramidon and its detailed characterization. In vitro reconstitution of the biosynthesis established TalE as a phosphoramidate-forming kinase and TalC as the glycosyltransferase which installs the L-rhamnose moiety by phosphoester linkage.