Resistance Gene-Directed Genome Mining of 50 Aspergillus species

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Inge KjærbøllingMikael Rørdam Andersen


Fungal secondary metabolites are a rich source of valuable natural products. Genome sequencing have revealed an enormous potential from predicted biosynthetic gene clusters. It is however currently a time-consuming task and an unfeasible task to characterize all biosynthetic gene cluster and to identify possible uses of the compounds. A rational approach is needed to identify promising gene clusters responsible for producing valuable compounds. Several valuable bioactive clusters have been shown to include a resistance gene which is a paralog of the target gene inhibited by the compound. This mechanism can be used to design a rational approach selecting those clusters. We have developed a pipeline FRIGG (Fungal ResIstance Gene-directed Genome mining) identifying putative resistance genes found in biosynthetic gene clusters based on homology patterns of the cluster genes. The FRIGG pipeline has been run using 51 Aspergillus and Penicillium genomes, identifying 72 unique protein families with putative resistance genes using various settings in the pipeline. The pipeline was also able to identify the characterized resistance gene inpE from the Fellutamide B cluster thereby validating the approach. We have successfully developed an...Continue Reading

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