Synthesis of potent antibiotic follows unusual chemical pathway — ScienceDaily

Images of a protein involved in creating a potent antibiotic reveal the unusual first steps of the antibiotic’s synthesis. The improved understanding of the chemistry behind this process, detailed in a new study led by Penn State chemists, could allow researchers to adapt this and similar compounds for use in human medicine. “The antibiotic thiostrepton […]

Synthesis of potent antibiotic follows unusual chemical pathway

The synthesis of the potent antibiotic thiostrepton uses a radical SAM protein TsrM, whose crystal structure is shown at left while bound to an iron-sulfur cluster and cobalamin. New images of this crystal structure allowed researchers from Penn State to infer the chemical steps during the antibiotic’s synthesis (right), as a methyl group moves from […]