J Genomics 2020; 8:53-61. doi:10.7150/jgen.44650

Research Paper

Draft genome sequence of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 and elucidation of the nonthmicin biosynthetic pathway

Hisayuki Komaki1 Corresponding address, Enjuro Harunari2, Natsuko Ichikawa3, Akira Hosoyama3, Moriyuki Hamada1, Kannika Duangmal4, Arinthip Thamchaipenet4, Yasuhiro Igarashi2

1. Biological Resource Center, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NBRC), Kisarazu, Chiba 292-0818, Japan.
2. Biotechnology Research Center and Department of Biotechnology, Toyama Prefectural University, Imizu, Toyama 939-0398, Japan.
3. NBRC, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0066, Japan.
4. Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Komaki H, Harunari E, Ichikawa N, Hosoyama A, Hamada M, Duangmal K, Thamchaipenet A, Igarashi Y. Draft genome sequence of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 and elucidation of the nonthmicin biosynthetic pathway. J Genomics 2020; 8:53-61. doi:10.7150/jgen.44650. Available from http://www.jgenomics.com/v08p0053.htm

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Actinomadura sp. K4S16 (=NBRC 110471) is a producer of a novel tetronate polyether compound nonthmicin. Here, we report the draft genome sequence of this strain together with features of the organism and assembly, annotation and analysis of the genome sequence. The 9.6 Mb genome of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 encoded 9,004 putative ORFs, of which 7,701 were assigned with COG categories. The genome contained four type-I polyketide synthase (PKS) gene clusters, two type-II PKS gene clusters, and three nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) gene clusters. Among the type-I PKS gene (t1pks) clusters, a large t1pks cluster was annotated to be responsible for nonthmicin synthesis based on bioinformatic analyses. We also performed feeding experiments using labeled precursors and propose the biosynthetic pathway of nonthmicin.

Keywords: Actinomadura, biosynthesis, nonthmicin, polyether, polyketide, tetronate


Actinomycetes are well known as a promising source for diverse bioactive secondary metabolites. Especially, members of Streptomyces have attracted attention as the most useful screening sources for new drug leads and a large number of bioactive compounds have been identified from cultures of this genus [1,2]. Consequently, the chance of finding novel secondary metabolites from Streptomyces members has recently dwindled. Thus, the focus of screening has recently moved to less exploited genera of rare actinomycetes [3]. In our screening for novel bioactive compounds from rare actinomycetes, Actinomadura sp. K4S16 was isolated from rice field soil in Thailand and found to produce a tetronate polyether designated nonthmicin along with ecteinamycin (Fig. 1) [4]. Nonthmicin shows inhibitory activity against tumor cell invasion and protective activity for neuronal cell damage. This new polyether compound is characterized by the tetronic acid functionality modified by a chlorine atom. Halogenated tetronic acids are not known from nature except nonthmicin. In this study, we conducted whole genome shotgun sequencing of the strain to elucidate the biosynthetic pathway of nonthmicin. We herein present the draft genome sequence of Actinomadura sp. K4S16, together with the taxonomical identification of the strain, description of its genome properties and annotation of the gene cluster for nonthmicin biosynthesis. Biosynthetic pathway for nonthmicin was predicted by bioinformatics analysis and confirmed by precursor-incorporation experiments.

Materials and Methods

Sequenced strain

In the course of screening for novel bioactive substances from rare actinomycetes, Actinomadura sp. K4S16 was isolated from rice field soil collected in Thailand and found to produce a novel polyketide compound named nonthmicin and its known congener ecteinamycin (Fig. 1) [4]. Actinomadura sp. K4S16 was preserved as TP-A0891 at the Toyama Prefectural University, deposited into the NBRC culture collection, and publicly available from the collection as NBRC 110471.

Chemotaxonomic analyses

The isomer of diaminopimelic acid in the whole-cell hydrolysate was analyzed according to the method described by Hasegawa et al. [5]. Isoprenoid quinones and cellular fatty acids were analyzed as described previously [6].

Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences

PCR template was prepared according to the protocol for Gram-positive bacteria of DNeasy Blood & Tissue kit (Qiagen). The gene encoding 16S rRNA was amplified by PCR using two universal primers, 9F and 1541R. After purification of the PCR product by AMPure (Beckman Coulter), the sequencing was carried out according to an established method [7]. Homology search of the sequence was conducted using EzBioCloud [8]. A phylogenetic tree was reconstructed by on the basis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence together with taxonomically close type strains showing more than 98% similarities by ClustalX2 [9].

Growth conditions and genomic DNA preparation

A monoisolate of Actinomadura sp. K4S16, isolated as single colony, was grown on polycarbonate membrane filter (Advantec) on double-diluted NBRC 227 agar medium (0.2% yeast extract, 0.5% malt extract, 0.2% glucose, 2% agar, pH 7.3) at 28°C. High quality genomic DNA for sequencing was extracted and isolated from the mycelia with an EZ1 DNA Tissue Kit and a BioRobot EZ1 (Qiagen) according to the manufacturer's protocol for extraction of nucleic acid from Gram-positive bacteria. The size, purity, and double-strand DNA concentration of the genomic DNA were measured by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, ratio of absorbance values at 260 nm and 280 nm, and Quant-iT PicoGreen dsDNA Assay Kit (Life Technologies), respectively, to assess the quality of genomic DNA.

Genome sequencing and assembly

Shotgun and paired-end libraries were prepared and subsequently sequenced using 454 pyrosequencing technology and MiSeq (Illumina) paired-end technology, respectively (Table 1). The 82 Mb shotgun sequences and 707 Mb paired-end sequences were assembled using Newbler v2.8 and subsequently finished using GenoFinisher [10] to yield 43 scaffolds larger than 500 bp. The draft genome sequence has been deposited in the INSDC database under the accession number BDDE01000001-BDDE01000043. The project information and its association with MIGS version 2.0 compliance are summarized in Table 1 [11].

 Figure 1 

Chemical structures of nonthmicin and ecteinamycin.

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 Table 1 

Project information

MIGS IDPropertyTerm
MIGS 31Finishing qualityImproved-high-quality draft
MIGS-28Libraries used454 shotgun library, Illumina paired-end library
MIGS 29Sequencing platforms454 GS FLX+, Illumina MiSeq
MIGS 31.2Fold coverage8.6 x, 73 x, respectively
MIGS 30AssemblersNewbler v2.8, GenoFinisher
MIGS 32Gene calling methodProgidal
Locus tagK4S16
GenBank IDBDDE00000000
GenBank date of releaseAug, 2019
GOLD IDNot registered
MIGS 13Source material identifierNBRC 110471
Project relevanceIndustrial

Genome annotation

Coding sequences were predicted with Prodigal [12] and tRNA-scanSE [13]. The gene functions were assigned using an in-house genome annotation pipeline, and domains related to polyketide synthase (PKS) and nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) were searched using the SMART and PFAM domain databases. PKS and NRPS gene clusters and their domain organizations were determined as reported previously [7]. Substrates of adenylation (A) and acyltransferase (AT) domains were predicted using antiSMASH [14]. Protein-protein BLAST search against the NCBI Non-redundant protein sequences (nr) database was also used for predicting function of proteins encoded in the nonthmicin biosynthetic gene cluster.

Digital DNA-DNA hybridization

Digital DNA-DNA hybridization (DDH) between Actinomadura sp. K4S16 and A. mexicana DSM 44485T (FZNP01000001-FZNP01000053) was conducted using Formula 2 of Genome-to-Genome Distance Calculator 2.1 [15].

Feeding experiments using labeled precursors

Inoculation, cultivation, extraction, and purification were performed in the same manner as previously reported [4]. Supplementation of sodium [1-13C]acetate or [1-13C]propionate (20 mg/100 ml medium/flask, 10 flasks) was initiated at 48 h after inoculation and periodically carried out every 24 h for four times. After further incubation for 24 h, the whole culture broths were extracted with 1-butanol and several steps of purification yielded 55 mg and 100 mg of 13C-labeled nonthmicin, respectively.

Results and Discussion

Feature, classification, and genome properties

The general feature of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 is shown in Table 2. This strain grew well on ISP 2 and ISP 4 agar media, but poorly on ISP 5 and ISP 7. The color of aerial mycelia was white and that of the reverse side was pale orange on ISP 2 agar medium. Strain K4S16 formed extensively branched substrate mycelium. The aerial mycelium formed short chains of arthrospores. A scanning electron micrograph of this strain (Fig. 2) shows that spore chains are hooked or spiral (1 turn) and the spore surface is rugose. Growth occurred at 20-45 °C (optimum 28 °C) and pH 5-8 (optimum pH 7). Strain K4S16 exhibited growth with 0-2 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum 0 % NaCl) and the strain utilized arabinose, fructose, glucose, mannitol, rhamnose, sucrose, and xylose as sole carbon source for energy and growth, but not raffinose (all at 1%, w/v).

The whole-cell hydrolysate of strain K4S16 contained meso-diaminopimelic acid as its diagnostic peptidoglycan diamino acid. The predominant menaquinones were identified as MK-9(H4) and MK-9(H6); in addition, MK-9(H2) and MK-9(H8) were also detected as minor components. The major cellular fatty acids (>10%) were C16:0 and C18:1 ω9c. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of the strain indicated the highest similarity (99.58 %, 1415/1421) to Actinomadura mexicana A290T (AF277195) as the closest type strain. The phylogenetic analysis confirmed that the strain belongs to the genus Actinomadura (Fig. 3).

A draft genome size of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 was 9,647,292 bp and the G+C content was 72.4 % (Table 3). Of the total 9,068 genes, 9,004 were protein-coding genes and 64 were RNA genes. The classification of genes into COGs functional categories is shown in Table 4. Digital DDH between Actinomadura sp. K4S16 and the type strain of the closest species, A. mexicana DSM 44485T suggested that the DNA-DNA relatedness was 49.0 %, which is below 70 %, the cut-off point for the assignment of bacterial strains to the same species [16]. This suggests that Actinomadura sp. K4S16 is a novel independent genomospecies.

 Table 2 

Classification and general features of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 [11]

MIGS IDPropertyTermEvidence codea
ClassificationDomain BacteriaTAS [25]
Phylum ActinobacteriaTAS [26]
Class Actinobacteria TAS [27]
Order ActinomycetalesTAS [27-30]
Suborder StreptosporangineaeTAS [27]
Family ThermomonosporaceaeTAS [27,30,31]
Genus ActinomaduraTAS [29,32]
Species undetermined
(a new genomospecies)
This study
strain: K4S16TAS [4]
Gram stainNot tested, likely positiveNAS
Cell shapeBranched myceliaIDA
MotilityNot reported
Temperature range20 °C to 45 °CIDA
Optimum temperature28 °CIDA
pH range; Optimum5 to 8; 7IDA
Carbon sourceArabinose, fructose, glucose, mannitol, rhamnose, sucrose, xyloseIDA
MIGS-6HabitatRice field soilNAS
MIGS-6.3Salinity0 % to 2 % NaClIDA
MIGS-22Oxygen requirementAerobicIDA
MIGS-15Biotic relationshipFree-livingIDA
MIGS-14PathogenicityNot reported
MIGS-4Geographic locationThailandTAS [4]
MIGS-5Sample collectionMarch 13, 2010NAS
MIGS-4.1LatitudeNot reported
MIGS-4.2LongitudeNot reported
MIGS-4.4AltitudeNot reported

a Evidence codes - IDA: Inferred from Direct Assay; TAS: Traceable Author Statement (i.e., a direct report exists in the literature); NAS: Non-traceable Author Statement (i.e., not directly observed for the living, isolated sample, but based on a generally accepted property for the species, or anecdotal evidence). These evidence codes are from the Gene Ontology project [33].

 Figure 2 

Scanning electron micrograph of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 grown on double-diluted ISP 2 agar for 7 days at 28 °C. Bar, 2 µm.

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 Figure 3 

Phylogenetic tree based on 16S rRNA gene sequences of Actinomadura sp. K4S16 and its phylogenetically close type strains showing over 98.0 % sequence similarities. Accession numbers for 16S rRNA genes are shown in parentheses. The tree uses sequences aligned by ClustalX2 [9] and constructed by the neighbor-joining method [24]. All positions containing gaps were eliminated. The building of the tree also involves a bootstrapping process repeated 1,000 times to generate a majority consensus tree, and only bootstrap values above 50% are shown at branching points. Streptosporangium roseum DSM 43021T was used as an outgroup.

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 Table 3 

Genome statistics of Actinomadura sp. K4S16

AttributeValue% of Total
Genome size (bp)9,647,292100
DNA coding (bp)8,684,28390.0
DNA G+C (bp)6,982,73672.4
DNA scaffolds43-
Total genes9,068100
Protein coding genes9,00499.3
RNA genes640.7
Genes in internal clusters4,19846.6
Genes with function prediction5,35859.5
Genes assigned to COGs7,70185.5
Genes with Pfam domains2,65529.5
Genes with signal peptides6186.8
Genes with transmembrane helices2,02222.5
CRISPR repeats1-

PKS and NRPS gene clusters in the genome

We analyzed biosynthetic gene clusters for polyketides and nonribpsomal peptides in the genome. Actinomadura sp. K4S16 harbored four type-I PKS gene (t1pks) clusters, two type-II PKS gene (t2pks) clusters, and three NRPS gene (nrps) clusters, as shown in Table 5. T1pks-1 cluster encoded only a PKS composed of ACP- KS/AT/DH/KR/ACP/ACP- TE domains, which showed 87% sequence identity to phenolpthiocerol synthesis type-I polyketide synthase PpsD of Mycobacterium tuberculosis 401416 (CND43678), suggesting it may synthesize phenolpthiocerol-like compounds. T1pks-2 cluster encoded two PKSs whose domain organizations are KS/AT/KR and KS/AT, respectively. Since these PKSs did not show sequence similarities to PKSs whose products are identified and the domain organization is unusual, we are not able to predict the product. T1pks-3 cluster encoded a PKS composed of KS/AT/KR/DH domains. Because such domain organization is specific to iterative PKSs for enediyne syntheses, this gene cluster likely synthesizes enediyne-type polyketide compounds. T1pks-4 cluster is responsible for nonthmicin synthesis as stated in the following section. T2pks-1 cluster might synthesize aromatic compounds similar to tetarimycin A or mithramycin, because its KSα showed 70 to 71 % sequence identities to TamM (AFY23044) and MtmP (CAA61989). T2pks-2 cluster did not show high sequence similarities (less than 55 % identities) to any PKSs registered in GenBank, suggesting that the product will be unique. Nrps-1 gene cluster harbored six NRPS modules and the products were predicted to be peptides containing amino dihydroxybenzoic acid, cysteine, glycine, and methyl ornithine. Nrps-2 gene cluster encoded four modules and the products will be composed of starter molecule-Cys-Cys-methyl Cys. Nrps-3 gene cluster had seven modules and the products are likely hexapeptides including amino acid residues such as alanine and threonine. The presence of these PKS and NRPS gene clusters suggests that this strain has the potential to produce diverse polyketide- and nonribosomal peptide-compounds as the secondary metabolites.

 Table 4 

Number of genes associated with general COG functional categories

J2753.1Translation, ribosomal structure and biogenesis
A40.0RNA processing and modification
L4444.9Replication, recombination and repair
B30.0Chromatin structure and dynamics
D520.6Cell cycle control, cell division, chromosome partitioning
V2022.2Defense mechanisms
T6277.0Signal transduction mechanisms
M3654.1Cell wall/membrane biogenesis
N460.5Cell motility
U871.0Intracellular trafficking and secretion
O2322.6Posttranslational modification, protein turnover, chaperones
C5406.0Energy production and conversion
G7097.9Carbohydrate transport and metabolism
E8519.5Amino acid transport and metabolism
F1311.5Nucleotide transport and metabolism
H2602.9Coenzyme transport and metabolism
I4354.8Lipid transport and metabolism
P4655.2Inorganic ion transport and metabolism
Q4535.0Secondary metabolites biosynthesis, transport and catabolism
R1,45916.2General function prediction only
S6146.8Function unknown
-1,30314.5Not in COGs

The total is based on the total number of protein coding genes in the genome.

 Table 5 

PKSs and NRPSs encoded in each PKS or NRPS gene cluster of Actinomadura sp. K4S16

ClusterORF (K4S16_)DomainPredicted product
t1pks-113_05730ACP-KS/AT/DH/KR/ACP/ACP-TEphenolpthiocerol-like polyketide
t1pks-323_01060KS/AT/KR/DHenediyne-type polyketide
t1pks-409_00520KS/AT/ACP-KS/AT/DH/KR/ACP-KS/AT/DH/ER/KR/ACPnonthmicin, ecteinamycin
t2pks-111_01150KSαaromatic polyketide
11_01140KSβ (CLF)
t2pks-209_01590KSαaromatic polyketide
09_01600KSβ (CLF)
nrps-111_07800T-C/ACys/Tpeptide containing DHB, Cys, Gly, & mOrn

Substrates of A domains are shown by subscripts. DHB, dihydroxybenzoic acid; mOrn, methyl ornithine; St, starter molecule; mCys, methyl cysteine; x, unpredicted amino acid. *encoded in the complementary strand.

Nonthmicin biosynthetic pathway

The chemical structure of nonthmicin suggested that their carbon skeletons are assembled from five malonyl-CoA, four methylmalonyl-CoA, and three ethylmalonyl-CoA molecules by a type-I PKS pathway. We therefore searched for a t1pks cluster consisting of 12 PKS modules. Among all of the four t1pks clusters present in Actinomadura sp. K4S16 (Table 5), t1pks-4 cluster encoded six large PKSs and several enzymes related to secondary metabolite syntheses (Table 6, Fig 4a) and its assembly line contains 12 PKS modules. Substrates of AT domains in modules 1, 3 and 6 were predicted to be ethylmalonyl-CoA, whereas those in modules 5, 7, 8 and 9 were methymalonyl-CoA. According to the collinearity rule of type-I PKS pathways [17] and the chemical structure of nonthmicin, the polyketide backbone synthesized by the PKS assembly line was predicted as shown in Fig. 4b. The predicted structure is in good accordance with the nonthmicin backbone. The elongated polyketide chain is then converted to form three polyether moieties by an epoxidase and epoxide hydrase/cyclase(s) in a similar manner for the nanchangmycin biosynthesis [18]. The tetronic acid part may be synthesized by ORFs K4S16_09_00680 to K4S16_09_00720 as proposed for tetronic acid-containing polyketides such as tetrocarcin A, chlorothricin, abyssomicin, and quatromicin [19-22], because these ORFs are orthologues of TcaDs, ChlM and ChlDs, AbyAs and QunDs. Two cytochrome P450s (K4S16_09_00590 and K4S16_09_00730) and a methyltransferase (K4S16_09_00740) are probably responsible for the introduction of one hydroxy group and one methoxy group to produce ecteinamycin. Chlorination to the tetronate moiety is presumably catalyzed by a halogenase (K4S16_09_00450) to yield nonthmicin. On the basis of these bioinfomatic evidences, we here propose the biosynthetic pathway of nonthmicin and ecteinamycin as shown Fig. 4b.

Feeding experiments using labeled precursors

To verify the predicted biosynthetic pathway for nonthmicin, feeding experiments were carried out using 13C-labeled precursors such as [1-13C]acetate and [1-13C]propionate. The signal intensities in 13C NMR spectrum of these labeled nonthmicin is shown in Table 7. Feeding of sodium [1-13C]acetate gave enrichments at twelve carbons at C4, C6, C14, C18, C20, C22, C24, C25, C26, C31, C34, and C36. [1-13C]propionate feeding enriched four methyl carbons at C28, C29, C30, and C33 (Fig. 5). These results unambiguously established that the polyether polyketide structure of nonthmicin is assembled from five malonyl-CoA, four methylmalonyl-CoA, and three ethylmalonyl-CoA. Labeling of C4 and C5 by acetate and non-labeling of C1, C2, and C3 by any precursors indicated that tetronic acid moiety is derived from one acetate and one glycerate units [23]. These results also supported by annotated ORFs of t1pks-4 cluster (K4S16_09_00690, K4S16_09_00700, K4S16_09_00710) (Fig. 4b, Table 6).

 Figure 4 

Genetic map of nonthmicin biosynthetic gene cluster of Actionomadura sp. K4S16 (a) and the predicted biosynthetic pathway (b). Pink, PKS; yellow, transcriptional regulator; light blue, transporter; gray, genes related to secondary metabolite synthesis. AT, acyltransferase for malonyl-CoA; ATm, acyltransferase for methylmalonyl-CoA; ATe, acyltransferase for ethylmalonyl-CoA; kr, inactive KR.

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 Figure 5 

Incorporation of 13C-labeled precursors into nonthmicin.

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 Figure 6 

HPLC chromatogram of the bromine supplemented culture broth (a) and MS spectra of nonthmicin and bromine analogue (b).

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 Table 6 

ORFs of t1pks-4 gene cluster responsible for the synthesis of nonthmicin

ORFaSize (aa)Deduced functionClosest protein homolog [origin]Id/Si (%)bAccession number
00450551halogenasehalogenase B [Actinoplanes sp. ATCC 33002]56/72AAQ04685
00460188flavin reductaseflavin reductase-like, FMN-binding [Saccharopolyspora erythraea NRRL 2338]47/62CAM04194
00470220two-component system response regulatorresponse regulator receiver protein, partial [Microbispora rosea]65/78WP_030509695
00480c353two-component system histidine kinasehypothetical protein [Herbidospora cretacea]43/63WP_030450128
00490906transcriptional regulatorATPase [Microbispora sp. ATCC PTA-5024]41/54ETK35445
00500c5763-hydroxybutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase3-hydroxybutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase [Streptomyces rapamycinicus NRRL 5491]56/65AGP52928
00510c3403-oxoacyl-ACP synthase3-oxoacyl-ACP synthase III [Streptomyces sp. C]61/70EFL20209
005204,859polyketide synthasepolyketide synthase [Streptomyces albus]54/64AEZ53945
00530442crotonyl-CoA reductaseNADPH:quinone reductase [Streptomyces albulus PD-1]74/83EXU89989
00540258type-II thioesterasethioesterase [Streptomyces sp. C]59/69EFL20221
00550224transcriptional regulatorhypothetical protein [Actinomadura madurae]54/70WP_021595170
00560310ABC transporter ATP-binding proteinhypothetical protein [Lechevalieria aerocolonigenes]77/86WP_030471487
00570531ABC transporter permease proteinhypothetical protein [Actinopolymorpha alba]60/74WP_020580181
00580388transcriptional regulatorLuxR-family transcriptional regulator [Actinokineospora sp. EG49]42/52EWC63761
00590398cytochrome P450cytochrome P450 [Streptomyces bingchenggensis BCW-1]52/68ADI04501
00600c136epoxide hydrolase/cyclaseepoxide hydrolase [Streptomyces longisporoflavus]53/67ACR50776
00610467epoxidasehypothetical protein SBI_01389 [S. bingchenggensis BCW-1]58/70ADI04510
00620c183epoxide hydrolase/cyclaseputative epoxide hydrolase/cyclase [Streptomyces albus subsp. albus]53/66CCD31907
006303,941polyketide synthaselasalocid modular polyketide synthase [Streptomyces sp. C]54/64EFL20211
006403,165polyketide synthasepolyketide synthase [Streptomyces graminofaciens]50/61BAJ16467
00650263transcriptional regulatorputative pathway specific activator [S. longisporoflavus]55/67ACR50789
006601,563polyketide synthaseBeta-ketoacyl synthase [Streptomyces violaceusniger Tu 4113]50/62AEM87323
00670c576ABC transporter permease proteinPutative exporter of polyketide antibiotics- like protein [Thermomonospora curvata DSM 43183]45/60ACZ00124
006803423-oxoacyl-ACP synthase3-oxoacyl-ACP synthase [Streptomyces sp. CNQ865]65/77WP_027767626
00690637glyceroyl-ACP biosynthesis proteinmethoxymalonyl-ACP biosynthesis protein FkbH [Streptomyces monomycini]60/69WP_033040494
0070075ACPACP [Amycolatopsis orientalis]72/81AFI57025
007102652-oxoglutarate dehydrogenaseacyltransferase [Streptomyces olindensis]68/81KDN76174
00720365hydrolase or acyltransferase2-oxoacid dehydrogenase/acyltransferase [Micromonospora chalcea]54/65ACB37748
00730c398cytochrome P450cytochrome P450 [S. bingchenggensis BCW-1]53/71ADI04501
00740c288methyltransferaseSAM-dependent methyltransferase [Streptomyces sp. NRRL F-2890]48/59WP_030734046
00750c5,524polyketide synthaseAcyl transferase [S. violaceusniger Tu 4113]50/61AEM84952
00770c2,121polyketide synthasePieA2 [Streptomyces piomogenus]51/62AEZ54375

a locus tag number after K4S16_09_; b identity/similarity; c encoded in the complementary strand.

Precursor-directed biosynthesis of bromo-analogue of nonthmicin

A putative halogenase gene (K4S16_09_00450), showing 56% identity and 72% similarity of amino acid sequence to HalB from Actinoplanes sp. ATCC 33002, present in the nonthmicin biosynthetic gene cluster was expected to be responsible for the halogenation (Table 6). If this gene product is also active for bromine, it can be used for the precursor-directed biosynthesis of a brominated analogue. In fact, supplementation of sodium bromide into the culture resulted in the production of a new nonthmicin congener (Fig. 6a) in which the chlorine atom was replaced by the bromine atom. The structure of the bromo analogue was confirmed analysing data by MS (Fig. 6b) and NMR (data not shown).

 Table 7 

Incorporation of 13C-labeled precursors into nonthmicin

PositionδCRelative enrichmentsa

a 13C signal intensity of each peak in the labeled 1 divided by that of the corresponding signal in the unlabeled 1, respectively, normalized to give an enrichment ratio of 1 for the unenriched peak of C27 and C33. The numbers in bold type indicate 13C-enriched atoms from 13C-labeled precursors.


We successfully found the type-I PKS gene cluster for nonthmicin biosynthetic and proposed a plausible biosynthetic pathway by the genome analysis of Actinomadura sp. K4S16, a producer of nonthmicin. Incorporation experiments of 13C-labeled precursors also suggested that nonthmicin is biosynthesized by PKS pathway. These findings will provide significant information not only for the biosynthetic mechanism but also for the genetic engineering to synthesize more potential bioactive molecules based on the nonthmicin structure.


A: adenylation; ABC: ATP-binding cassette; ACP: acyl carrier protein; Ala: alanine; AT: acyltransferase; ATP: adenosine triphosphate; BLAST: Basic Local Alignment Search Tool; C: condensation; CLF: chain length factor; CoA: coenzyme A; COG: Clusters of Orthologous Groups; Cys: cysteine; DH: dehydratase; DHB: dihydroxybenzoic acid; E: epimerase; ER: enoylreductase; Gly: glycine; ISP: International Streptomyces project; KS: ketosynthase; KR: ketoreductase; kr: inactive KR; MIGS: minimum information about a genome sequence; MT: methyltransferase; NBRC: Biological Resource Center, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation; NMR: nuclear magnetic resonance; NRPS: nonribosomal peptide synthetase; nrps: NRPS gene; PKS: polyketide synthase; t1pks: type-I PKS gene; t2pks: type-II PKS gene; T: thiolation; TE: thioesterase; Thr: threonine.


This research was supported by a Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology of Japan to YI. We also thank Dr. Akane Kimura, Ms. Tomoko Hanamaki, Ms. Aya Uohara, Ms. Satomi Miura, Ms. Satomi Saitou and Ms. Chiyo Shibata for assistance to this study.

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.


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Corresponding address Corresponding author: Hisayuki Komaki, NBRC, 2-5-8 Kazusakamatari, Kisarazu, Chiba 292-0818, Japan. E-mail: komaki-hisayukigo.jp.

Received 2020-2-7
Accepted 2020-4-21
Published 2020-5-17