CloQ, a prenyltransferase involved in clorobiocin biosynthesis


Ring A (3-dimethylallyl-4-hydroxybenzoic acid) is a structural moiety of the aminocoumarin antibiotics novobiocin and clorobiocin. In the present study, the prenyltransferase involved in the biosynthesis of this moiety was identified from the clorobiocin producer (Streptomyces roseochromogenes), overexpressed, and purified. It is a soluble, monomeric 35-kDa protein, encoded by the structural gene cloQ. 4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate and dimethylallyl diphosphate were identified as the substrates of this enzyme, with K(m) values determined as 25 and 35 microM, respectively. A gene inactivation experiment confirmed that cloQ is essential for ring A biosynthesis. Database searches did not reveal any similarity of CloQ to known prenyltransferases, and the enzyme did not contain the typical prenyl diphosphate binding site (N/D)DXXD. In contrast to most of the known prenyltransferases, the enzymatic activity was not dependent on the presence of magnesium, and in contrast to the membrane-bound polyprenyltransferases involved in ubiquinone biosynthesis, CloQ did not accept 4-hydroxybenzoic acid as substrate. CloQ and the similar NovQ from the novobiocin producer seem to belong to a new class of prenyltransferases.


Florence Pojer, Emmanuel Wemakor, Bernd Kammerer, Huawei Chen, Christopher T. Walsh, Shu-Ming Li, Lutz Heide


Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America

Year, Volume, Page

2003, 100, 2316



Tag Element Regiochemistry Product Substrate Cofactor Enzyme
PTDBREC00029 C Regular NovQ
PTDBREC00030 C Regular CloQ