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Fostriecin Structure.svg
  • (1E,3R,4R,6R,7Z,9Z,11E)-3,6,13-Trihydroxy-3-methyl-1-((R)-6-oxo-3,6-dihydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)trideca-1,7,9,11-tetraen-4-yl dihydrogen phosphate
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Chemical and physical data
Molar mass430.390 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • CC(/C=C/C1CC=CC(=O)O1)(C(CC(/C=C/C=C/C=C/CO)O)OP(=O)(O)O)O
  • InChI=1S/C19H27O9P/c1-19(23,12-11-16-9-7-10-18(22)27-16)17(28-29(24,25)26)14-15(21)8-5-3-2-4-6-13-20/h2-8,10-12,15-17,20-21,23H,9,13-14H2,1H3,(H2,24,25,26)/b3-2-,6-4+,8-5-,12-11+/t15-,16+,17+,19+/m0/s1

Fostriecin is a type I polyketide synthase (PKS) derived natural product, originally isolated from the soil bacterium Streptomyces pulveraceus.[1] It belongs to a class of natural products which characteristically contain a phosphate ester, an α,β-unsaturated lactam and a conjugated linear diene or triene chain produced by Streptomyces. This class includes structurally related compounds cytostatin and phoslactomycin.[2][3][4] Fostriecin is a known potent and selective inhibitor of protein serine/threonine phosphatases, as well as DNA topoisomerase II.[5][2][6][7] Due to its activity against protein phosphatases PP2A and PP4 (IC50 1.5nM and 3.0nM, respectively) which play a vital role in cell growth, cell division, and signal transduction, fostriecin was looked into for its antitumor activity in vivo and showed in vitro activity against leukemia, lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.[2][6][8][9] This activity is thought to be due to PP2A's assumed role in regulating apoptosis of cells by activating cytotoxic T-lymphocytes and natural killer cells involved in tumor surveillance, along with human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) transcription and replication.[10][11][12][13]


The proposed Type I polyketide synthase biosynthetic pathway of fostriecin: KS, ketosynthase; AT, acyl transferase; ACP, acyl carrier protein; DH, dehydratase; ER, enoyl reductase; KR ketoreductase; TE, thioesterase.

The gene cluster for fostriecin consists of 21 open reading frames (ORFs) that encode for six modular type I polyketide synthases and seven tailoring enzymes.[1] These enzymes within the fos gene have the nomenclature FosA-FosM, though not all are used in the biosynthesis of the target molecule. The six modular PKSs encoded in FosA-FosF give rise to a loading module, eight elongation modules, and a thioesterase domain.[1]

Conventional polyketide synthase pathway[edit]

The loading module starts out the biosynthetic pathway by tethering to an acyl group of the acyl carrier protein (ACP).This starter unit then gets carried to module 1 where a malonyl group gets added on by malonyl-CoA followed by the β-carbonyl getting reduced to a hydroxyl group by a ketoreductase (KR) enzyme that then undergoes dehydration to a trans double bond by a dehydratase enzyme (DH).[1] In this first module, there is an enoyl reductase enzyme (ER), but it is inactive.[1] This chain then goes through two more elongations in module 2 and module 3 which are similar to module 1, only they result in cis double bonds at their respective β-carbons.[1] The now 8-carbon chain then goes through another extension by malonyl-CoA in module 4, followed by a reduction by a KR domain.[1] In module 5, an elongation is performed by methylmalonyl-CoA in which the chain undergoes another reduction to a hydroxyl group. The polyketide intermediate is then passed on to module 6 where another malonyl-CoA is loaded, and here, a reduction, then dehydration of the β-carbon form the final double bond of the linear chain.[1] The growing chain is almost completely synthesized at this point and is taken through two elongations of 2 carbons in modules 7 and 8, each of which contain KRs to produce the final two hydroxyl groups in the alkyl chain.[1] The linear carbon chain is now fully synthesized and hydrolyzed off of ACP by a thioesterase domain (TE) to undergo post-synthetic tailoring steps.[1]

Post-synthetic tailoring[edit]

The post-synthetic tailoring enzymes for the production of fostriecin add on the four functionalities not originally included in the PKS pathway of the linear molecule.[1] These enzymes include two cytochrome P450 enzymes (FosJ and FosK), one homoserine kinase (FosH), and one NAD-dependent epimerase/dehydratase family protein (FosM).[1][14] The first step after the thioesterase domain, which forms a six-membered lactone ring, is the oxidation at C8 by FosJ, followed by a phosphorylation at C9 by FosH.[1] This is then followed by an oxidation at the terminal carbon by FosK, and finally, a loss of malonic acid by FosM yields the desired natural product.[14]


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