Recent Publications

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Selected Recent Publications


Han W, Zhai Y, Zhang R, Gong X, Li J, Xu G, Lei X, Du L, and Gao J. 2023. Tricrilactones A−H, potent antiosteoporosis macrolides with distinctive ring skeletons from Trichocladium crispatum, an alpine moss-associated fungus. Angewandte Chemie International Edition accepted.

Yue H, Miller A, Khetrapal V, Jayasekera V, Wright S, and Du L. 2022. Biosynthesis, regulation, and engineering of natural products from Lysobacter. Natural Product Reports 39: 842 – 874. pdf

Yue H, Jiang J, Taylor A, Leite A, Dodds E, and Du L. 2021. Outer membrane vesicles-mediated co-delivery of the antifungal HSAF metabolites and lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase in the predatory Lysobacter enzymogenes. ACS Chemical Biology 16: 1079-1089. pdf

Yu L, Li H, Zhou Z, Liu F, and Du L. 2021. An antifungal polycyclic tetramate macrolactam HSAF is a novel oxidative stress modulator in Lysobacter enzymogenes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 87: e03105-20. pdf

Yu L, Du F, Chen X, Zheng Y, Morton M, Liu F, and Du L. 2020. Identification of the biosynthetic gene cluster for the anti-MRSA lysocins through gene cluster activation using strong promoters of housekeeping genes and production of new analogs in Lysobacter sp. 3655. ACS Synthetic Biology 9: 1989-1997. pdf

Sang M, Wang H, Shen Y, Rodrigues de Almeida N, Conda-Sheridan M, Li S, Li Y, and Du L. 2019. Identification of an anti-MRSA cyclic lipodepsipeptide, WBP-29479A1, by genome mining of Lysobacter antibioticusOrganic Letters 21: 6432-6436. pdf.

Li X, Wang H, Shen Y, Li Y, and Du L. 2019. OX4 is an NADPH-dependent dehydrogenase catalyzing an extended Michael addition reaction to form the six-membered ring in the antifungal HSAF. Biochemistry 58: 5245−5248. pdf

Li Y, Wang H, Liu Y, Jiao Y, Li S, Shen Y, and Du L. 2018. Biosynthesis of the polycyclic system in the antifungal HSAF and analogues from Lysobacter enzymogenes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57: 6221-6225. pdf

Jiang J, Guiza-Beltran D, Schacht A, Wright S, Zhang L, and Du L. 2018. Functional and structural analysis of phenazine O-methyltransferase LaPhzM from Lysobacter antibioticus OH13 and one-pot enzymatic synthesis of the antibiotic myxin. ACS Chemical Biology 13: 1003-1012. pdf.

Yu L, Su W, Fey P, Liu F, and Du L. 2018. Yield improvement of the anti-MRSA antibiotics WAP-8294A by CRISPR/dCas9 combined with refactoring self-protection genes in Lysobacter enzymogenes OH11. ACS Synthetic Biology 7: 258−266. pdf.

Li S, Wu X, L Zhang, Shen Y, and Du L. 2017. Activation of a cryptic gene cluster in Lysobacter enzymogenes revealed a module/domain portable mechanism of nonribosomal peptide synthetases in the biosynthesis of pyrrolopyrazines. Organic Letters 19: 5010−5013. pdf.

Han Y, Wang Y, Yu Y, Chen H, Shen Y, and Du L. 2017. Indole-induced reversion of intrinsic multi-antibiotic resistance in Lysobacter enzymogenesApplied and Environmental Microbiology 83:e00995-17. pdf.

Zhao Y, Qian G, Ye Y, Wright S, Chen H, Shen Y, Liu F, and Du L. 2016. Heterocyclic aromatic N-oxidation in the biosynthesis of phenazine antibiotics from Lysobacter antibioticus. Organic Letters 18: 2495-2498. pdf

Wang M, Zhang W, Xu W, Shen Y, and Du L. 2016. Optimization of genome shuffling for high yield production of the antitumor deacetylmycoepoxydiene in an endophytic fungus of mangrove plants. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 100: 7491–7498. pdf

Han Y, Wang Y, Tombosa S, Wright S, Huffman J, Yuen G, Qian G, Liu F, Shen Y, and Du L. 2015. Identification of a small molecule signaling factor that regulates the biosynthesis of the antifungal polycyclic tetramate macrolactam HSAF in Lysobacter enzymogenes. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 99: 801-811. pdf

Li Y, Chen H, Ding Y, Xie Y, Wang H, Cerny RL, Shen Y, and Du L. 2014. Iterative assembly of two separate polyketide chains by the same single-module bacterial polyketide synthase in the biosynthesis of HSAF. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 53: 7524-7530. pdf

Wang Y, Qian G, Liu F, Li Y-Z, Shen Y, and Du L. 2013. Facile method for site-specific gene integration in Lysobacter enzymogenes for yield improvement of the anti-MRSA antibiotics WAP-8294A and the antifungal antibiotic HSAF. ACS Synthetic Biology 2: 670-678. pdf

Zhao PJ, Yang YL, Du L, Liu JK, and Zeng Y. 2013. Elucidating the biosynthetic pathway for vibralactone: A pancreatic lipase inhibitor with a fused bicyclic ß-lactoneAngewandte Chemie International Edition 52: 1-6. pdf

Xie Y, Wright S, Shen Y, and Du L. 2012. Bioactive natural products from Lysobacter. Natural Product Reports 29: 1277-1287. pdf

Lou L, Chen H, Cerny RL, Li Y, Shen Y, and Du L. 2012. Unusual activities of the thioesterase domain for the biosynthesis of the polycyclic tetramate macrolactam HSAF in Lysobacter enzymogenes C3. Biochemistry 51, 4-6. pdf. (Highlighted on Biochemistry website, January, 2012).

Zhang W, Li Y, Qian G, Wang Y, Chen H, Li Y-Z, Liu F, Shen Y, and Du L. 2011. Identification and characterization of the anti-Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus WAP-8294A2 biosynthetic gene cluster from Lysobacter enzymogenes OH11. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 55: 5581-5589. pdf.

Lou L, Qian G, Xie Y, Hang J, Chen H, Zaleta-Rivera K, Li Y, Shen Y, Dussault PH, Liu F, and Du L. 2011. Biosynthesis of HSAF, a tetramic acid-containing macrolactam from Lysobacter enzymogenes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 133: 643-645. pdf.

Du L and Lou L. 2010. PKSs and NRPSs release mechanisms. Natural Product Reports 27: 255-278. pdf.

Gerber R, Lou L, and Du L. 2009. A PLP-dependent polyketide chain releasing mechanism in the biosynthesis of mycotoxin fumonisins in Fusarium verticillioides. Journal of the American Chemical Society 131: 3148-3149. pdf.  (Highlighted on JACS website, March, 2009).

Zhu X, Yu F, Li X-C, and Du L. 2007. Production of dihydroisocoumarins in Fusarium verticillioides by swapping the ketosynthase domain of the fungal iterative modular polyketide synthase Fum1p with that of lovastatin diketide synthase. Journal of the American Chemical Society 129: 36-37. pdf.

Yu F, Zaleta-Rivera K, Zhu X, Huffman J, Millet J, Harris SD, Yuen G, Li X, and Du L. 2007. Structure and biosynthesis of HSAF, a broad spectrum antimycotic with a novel mode of action. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 51: 64-72. pdf. Cited by Faculty of 1000 Biology (Evaluated by D. Newman, NIH, March 8, 2007) pdf.

Zaleta-Rivera K, Xu C, Yu F, Butchko RAE, Proctor RH, Lara MEH, Raza A, Dussault PH, and Du L. 2006. A bidomain nonribosomal peptide synthetase encoded by FUM14 catalyzes the formation of tricarballylic esters in the biosynthesis of fumonisins. Biochemistry 45: 2561-2569. pdf