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  1. 1. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389DOI 10.1007/s10295-010-0882-7 REVIEWCurrent approaches to exploit actinomycetes as a sourceof novel natural products ´Olga Genilloud • Ignacio Gonzalez • ´ ´ ´Oscar Salazar • Jesus Martın • Jose Ruben Tormo •Francisca VicenteReceived: 13 August 2010 / Accepted: 16 September 2010 / Published online: 8 October 2010Ó Society for Industrial Microbiology 2010Abstract For decades, microbial natural products have those that were successfully applied to the discovery ofbeen one of the major sources of novel drugs for phar- novel antibiotics.maceutical companies, and today all evidence suggests thatnovel molecules with potential therapeutic applications are Keywords Natural products Á Actinomycetes Ástill waiting to be discovered from these natural sources, Microfermentation Á Dereplication Á Drug discoveryespecially from actinomycetes. Any appropriate exploita-tion of the chemical diversity of these microbial sourcesrelies on proper understanding of their biological diversity Introductionand other related key factors that maximize the possibilityof successful identification of novel molecules. Without In the last decade, screening of microbial natural productsdoubt, the discovery of platensimycin has shown that (NPs) as sources of novel lead candidates for the devel-microbial natural products can continue to deliver novel opment of new drugs has been vanishing from industrialscaffolds if appropriate tools are put in place to reveal them laboratories to find refuge in academic and small biotech-in a cost-effective manner. Whereas today innovative nology companies. It is well known that strong competitiontechnologies involving exploitation of uncultivated envi- from synthetic and combinatorial libraries associated withronmental diversity, together with chemical biology and ultrahigh-throughput screening platforms has represented ain silico approaches, are seeing rapid development in nat- serious challenge to the natural products drug discoveryural products research, maximization of the chances of area. This challenge has not been addressed in terms ofexploiting chemical diversity from microbial collections is technology innovation, compatibility with new screeningstill essential for novel drug discovery. This work provides technologies, productivity, and development times asan overview of the integrated approaches developed at required by large pharmaceutical companies [41, 55, 60].the former Basic Research Center of Merck Sharp and Nevertheless, in spite of this loss of expertise, newDohme in Spain to exploit the diversity and biosynthetic microbial natural products have continued to be describedpotential of actinomycetes, and includes some examples of at a low rate by smaller biotechnology companies and academic research groups [52], and today NPs remain a continuing source of inspiration for synthetic chemists, with some signs of renewed interest in their potentialO. Genilloud (&) Á I. Gonzalez Á J. Martın Á ´ ´ [6, 32, 46].J. R. Tormo Á F. Vicente ´ ´ For more than 50 years, the natural products drug dis-Fundacion MEDINA, Centro de Excelencia en Investigacionde Medicamentos Innovadores en Andalucıa, ´ covery group of the former Basic Research Center of ´Avda Conocimiento 3, Parque Tecnologico Ciencias de la Salud, Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) in Spain has been working18100 Granada, Spain in natural products drug discovery, with a long track recorde-mail: olga.genilloud@medinaandalucia.es of identifying novel molecules, including several drugs onO. Salazar the market (cephamycin, thienamycin, lovastatin, and ´Genomica S.A., Alcarria, 7, Coslada, 28823 Madrid, Spain caspofungin) [65]. In the last 10 years this group contributed 123
  2. 2. 376 J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389significantly to the discovery of novel molecules and the approached from a different perspective and with the helpdevelopment of different approaches to cope with the new of the new analytical technology that has rapidly evolvedchallenges in the field to exploit microbial resources as during the last decade.producers of novel molecules [11, 77, 78, 84]. This effort Our research in natural products took advantage of some ´has found continuation today in the Fundacion Medina, a of these technology developments to explore from a dif-new nonprofit research organization established as a pub- ferent perspective how to improve the process and bringlic–private partnership among MSD, the Andalusian gov- novelty to NP drug discovery. In recent years we benefitedernment, and the University of Granada, with a primary among others from developments in high-throughput DNAfocus on the discovery of novel molecules to be developed sequencing that has ensured rapid and cheap identificationas potential drug candidates. of producing organisms, commercially available miniatur- Drug discovery from natural products in industrial and ized microfermentation devices that enabled a change ofacademic laboratories has traditionally been focused on scale in exploring new nutritional conditions for productionempirical exploitation of the most prolific microbial of novel compounds, or improved analytical and chemicalgroups: actinomycetes and filamentous fungi. Historically, isolation methods that ensured rapid detection and charac-actinomycetes have been the origin of the largest number terization of compounds; together, these have yielded newof new antibiotic drug candidates and lead molecules with insights into microbial diversity and production of bioactiveapplications in many other therapeutic areas [9, 62]. Today, molecules that would have been inaccessible in such a shorttraditional approaches based exclusively on screening of period of time with classical screening programs.huge numbers of strains have been exhausted and proven tobe totally inefficient for delivery of novel molecules in acost-effective manner. New approaches have had to be Access to biodiversity: mining for novel actinomycetesdeveloped to respond to the lack of new molecules as species in the environmentsources of novel privileged scaffolds and to improve thepossibility of success of finding new chemical entities as Access to the microbial diversity of actinomycetes in theleads for the development of drug candidates. environment has traditionally been focused on intensive Novel genomic approaches aimed at exploring the bio- sampling from a wide diversity of geographical locationssynthetic potential of actinomycetes revealed in molecular and habitats. Large numbers of samples were processedgenomics studies and focused on novel bioengineering and empirically by general isolation methods, ending in mostmetagenomic tools have seen extraordinary development cases with the recurrent isolation of the predominant spe-by many research groups [7, 13, 17, 18, 51, 58], who have cies in these habitats in spite of the biogeography of theshown from different perspectives the cryptic biosynthetic samples used. Millions of strains have been isolated andcapabilities of these filamentous bacteria and other screened over the decades in industrial laboratories, and themicroorganisms in the environment, and the possibilities of probability of isolating novel compounds from commonstarting to learn how to harness the bacterial genome. In and frequently found related species is today too low to bespite of the success of these approaches in revealing worth the effort. In spite of the estimates regarding theexamples of novel chemistry, most of these techniques potential production of unknown novel molecules byhave not yet been tested on an industrial scale. Neverthe- Streptomyces [79], a large number of species are wide-less, they demonstrate the challenge that lies in developing spread across many different environments, and they fre-these tools to produce new drugs from microbial NPs. quently produce well-known and structurally related Success in drug discovery from microbial products still molecules that have to be identified and discarded as earlyrelies on the proper combination of some key factors that as possible in drug discovery programs. Contrary to theneed to be met at some point in the screening process and theory that proposes that everything is everywhere, specificthat have been valid for decades. From the microbiology environmental conditions are strong selecting factors forpoint of view these include the selection of appropriate specific microbial assemblages, and the distribution ofindividual strains, which can also be translated into geno- some microbial species, even in widely occurring taxa,mic approaches able to access new gene pools involved in exhibits biogeographic patterns mostly determined by theseproduction of potential novel metabolites, and second, microenvironmental conditions that may translate intoidentification of adequate cultivation conditions or use novel chemistry [26, 48, 64, 70]. The evidence stronglyof recombinant clones in appropriate surrogate hosts, suggests that minor species or genetically distinct strains ofswitching on expression and ensuring production of novel actinomycetes that have not yet been cultured under lab-chemistry. Both factors, in conjunction with selection of oratory conditions still occur in most environments, anddruggable biological targets, are still valid elements today new species are being systematically described that mightin the drug discovery equation, but they need to be be the source of novel chemistry with potential new123
  3. 3. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389 377activities. On the basis of this working hypothesis, we these microbial communities after weeks of incubation.directed exploration towards a large variety of sources, Whereas some specific enrichments in certain taxa haveincluding specific terrestrial niches, plant host associations been described in the last 15 years [33, 40, 83], the mostwith unique characteristics, and marine environments. productive approaches have resulted from systematic iso-These approaches have emphasized exploration of untap- lation of distinct morphological colonies occurring inped actinomycetes communities that might be associated nutrient-poor and slow-growing isolation plates [37],with rhizospheres, plant endophytes, lichens, and endo- independently of their filamenting appearance. A goodlithic bacteria [29, 57], as well as marine sediments and example of experimental data that validate this approachinvertebrate-associated actinomycetes, which might guide was obtained from the systematic isolation and partial 16Sisolation of novel microbial communities potentially pro- rDNA sequencing of a group of 790 actinomycetes colo-ducing novel chemical scaffolds. Our results were con- nies obtained from three randomly selected soil samplesfirmed by the work of other groups that have also shown that were tested following these methods. Whereas 57% ofthat targeting the right microbial space can deliver novel the strains studied could be assigned to the genera Strep-microbial diversity [14, 28, 36, 49, 54, 72]. tomyces and Micromonospora, 43% of the isolates were This sourcing approach, combined with novel isolation distributed in as many as 39 minor genera distributed intomethods developed in house or by different groups tar- 111 species that could only be recognized by sequencegeting cultivation of species underrepresented or previ- analysis (Fig. 1). In addition to the huge diversity of minorously not cultivated under laboratory conditions [20, 31, occurring genera, we identified more than 76 species37, 66–68], ensured the isolation of novel or less frequently among the 246 Streptomyces strains, highlighting theoccurring species within the actinomycetales that are today effectiveness of these methods for retrieval of additionalcommon members of our screening collections. Most of microbial diversity from these soils.these methods were focused on selective isolation of These strategies have been applied to ensure the con-members of these taxa through use of poor nutritional struction of one of the most diverse microbial collections inmedia devoid of carbon sources, and including in some industry, with more than 58,000 actinomycetes strainscases subinhibitory concentrations of antibiotics that might ´ currently at Fundacion Medina. Less than half of thisfavor development of slow-growing representatives of collection has been identified at genus level, of which 55%Fig. 1 Distribution of Genera and strainsactinomycetes species and Distribution of Actinomycetes strains Actinomadura (75) Actinoplanes (42)strains obtained from systematic Actinostreptospora (1) Amycolatopsis (13) Arthrobacter (8) Asanoa (1)isolation and partial 16S rDNA Astrosporangium (1) Blastococcus (2)sequencing of colonies obtained 790 strains Bosea (1) Catellatospora (8) Conexibacter (1) Couchioplanes (2)from three environmental soils 41 genera Dactylosporangium (11) Friedmanniella (1) Geodermatophilus (5) Kitasatospora (3) 207 species Knoellia (4) Kocuria (1) Kribbella (8) Microbispora (15) Micrococcus (1) Microtetraspora (1) Mycobacterium (24) Nocardia (29) Nocardioides (4) Nonomuraea (31) Planotetraspora (3) Polymorphospora (4) Not included in graphic: Rhodococcus (20) Shimazuella (2) Sphaerosporangium (4) Streptacidiphilus (1) Streptomyces (246 strains) Streptosporangium (4) Terrabacter (1) Micromonospora (204 strains) Thermomonospora (2) Verrucosispora (2) Virgosporangium (1) Williamsia (3) Distribution of Actinomycetes Species Genera and species Actinomadura (10) Actinoplanes (14) Actinostreptospora (1) Amycolatopsis (5) Arthrobacter (2) Asanoa (1) 790 strains Astrosporangium (1) Blastococcus (1) Bosea (1) Catellatospora (3) 41 genera Conexibacter (1) Couchioplanes (1) Dactylosporangium (3) Friedmanniella (1) 207 species Geodermatophilus (2) Kitasatospora (2) Knoellia (1) Kocuria (1) Kribbella (5) Microbispora (2) Micrococcus (1) Microtetraspora (1) Mycobacterium (15) Nocardia (11) Nocardioides (2) Nonomuraea (5) Planotetraspora (1) Polymorphospora (1) Rhodococcus (6) Shimazuella (1) Not included in graphic: Sphaerosporangium (1) Streptacidiphilus (1) Streptosporangium (2) Terrabacter (1) Streptomyces (76 species) Thermomonospora (1) Verrucosispora (1) Micromonospora (20 species) Virgosporangium (1) Williamsia (1) 123
  4. 4. 378 J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389 Nocardiopsaceae <1% 1% Streptosporangiaceae genes. They were also used to develop rapid strain fin- Other minor genera <1% 1% Thermomonosporaceae gerprints on the basis of biosynthetic genes restrictionActinosynnemataceae <1% Pseudonocardiaceae pattern that might provide additional information on their 4% Nocardiaceae diversity and uniqueness from the biosynthetic perspective 6% 9% Micromonosporaceae [4, 5]. The systematic 16S rDNA sequence analysis applied on strains producing biological activities was extremely useful to reveal the high rate of strains from a given niche 22% 57% and associated with different taxonomic affiliations that Sterile mycelia produced the same or related compounds. We have not evaluated whether horizontal transfer events lie beneath Streptomycetaceae these observations, but studies on microbial evolution and convergence of biosynthetic pathways suggest that theyFig. 2 Taxonomic diversity of the actinomycetes collection. Thescreening collection contains 53,300 strains, of which 27,400 have may be responsible to a large extent [1, 25, 27, 50]. This isbeen identified at genus level. Sterile mycelia: nonsporulating strains why intensive exploitation of a substrate to identify noveldevoid of morphological taxonomic characteristics lineages from the taxonomic point of view does not always guarantee a final outcome of novel chemistry. These arecorrespond to Streptomyces species selected from a wide some questions that we needed to take into account whendiversity of habitats and geographical origins. More than we developed the strategy to build the screening extract45% of the strains in the collection belong to the major lin- collection. The growth of this dynamic sample collectioneages of the so-called rare actinomycetes or non-Streptomy- was limited in the number of samples by a given combi-ces (Fig. 2). Whereas the majority of the strains are of nation of strains and production conditions, making alwaysterrestrial origin, a marine program initiated in the last decade critical the selection criteria applied.rapidly contributed to the diversification of the collectionwith a small group of 5,000 marine isolates obtained fromsediments and marine invertebrates sampled at different Miniaturized fermentation and scale-updepths at tropical and temperate Atlantic latitudes. Partial 16S rDNA sequencing has been carried out to Whereas the actinomycetes, together with filamentousconfirm the taxonomic affiliation of a large fraction of this fungi, are the most prolific producers of bioactive metab-screening collection and to assess molecular data on its olites, and the rediscovery problem has become a hurdle inmicrobial diversity and individual phylogenetic relation- all screening programs, genome sequence analyses of mostships. In spite of the high value of this data, this method important actinomycetes producers have shown that a largewas rapidly shown to be inefficient to be applied upfront as fraction of their genomes still remains unexploited, anda selection criterion. The intraspecies heterogeneity exist- that switching on silent pathways might reveal productioning in actinomycetes taxa could not be resolved in phylo- of novel molecules [8, 22, 35, 53, 73]. Other mining studiesgenetic inner branches, requiring alternative dereplication applied on a large collection of reference strains suggestedtools to assess the uniqueness of potential new strains. that almost all actinomycete lineages contain biosyntheticLevels of intraspecies variability among strains from the information and should have the potential to produce bio-same species obtained from the same environment have active compounds [5]. Traditionally, production of mostfrequently been observed [2, 30] and make it necessary to known compounds has been triggered just by empiricalintroduce additional molecular fingerprinting tools for changes in cultivation parameters and a limited number ofselection. From the different molecular fingerprinting stress conditions (media composition, rheology, aeration).methods available [Amplified Fragment Length Polymor- In fact, use of a limited number of three to four conditionsphism (AFLPs), Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA at a time was generally accepted as sufficient to exploit(RAPDS), Repetitive sequence-based PCR (REP-PCR) production of new secondary metabolites [81]. Today, infingerprinting], random BOX-PCR amplification (PCR spite of the numerous whole-genome studies confirmingbased on primers targeting the highly conserved repetitive the presence of this huge biosynthetic potential, in manyDNA sequences of the BOX element of Streptococcus cases only revealed as cryptic pathways, we still do notpneumoniae) was shown to be one of the most useful tools know the nutritional requirements and physiology of mostto detect variability within actinomycetes species and to of the groups of strains screened and the key elementsestablish the relatedness of isolates [44, 74, 75, 80]. Other involved in the regulation of their secondary metabolitecomplementary tools were developed in our laboratory, production. Furthermore, when turned on, many of thesefocusing on detection of Polyketide Synthase (PKS) and pathways probably only show residual expression, pro-Non Ribosomal Peptide Synthetase (NRPS) biosynthetic ducing therefore novel molecules quite far below our123
  5. 5. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389 379analytical detection limits. The one strain, many activities pathogen Staphylococcus aureus were scored as zones of(OSMAC) approach aims to exploit in part this microbial inhibition and as a representative measure of productionbiosynthetic potential by manipulating the production rate. This progressive increase in the number of nutritionalconditions of the strains [12]. We wanted to evaluate the conditions was translated to all the taxonomic groups testedpossibility of triggering production of new secondary in terms of an increase in the number of antibiotic activitiesmetabolites with empirical testing of multiple nutritional produced, reaching a plateau only after addition of theconditions using miniaturized parallel fermentation devi- eighth to tenth condition. In the course of the screening weces. The use of high-throughput miniaturized formats for studied the effect of the progressive increase of the numbercultivation of bacteria has been previously explored by of cultivation conditions investigated on antibiotic activi-other groups [21, 23, 86], but the high-throughput culti- ties and confirmed that production of antibacterial activitiesvation of bacteria offered by System Duetz allowed fer- in the traditional three-media approach could be increased inmentation in volumes as low as 750 ll in 96-well plates Streptomyces by 25% with the introduction of a combinationthat were later easily integrated into highly automated of eight media. Figure 3 shows the results obtained with twoextraction and screening platforms [23, 24]. This technol- groups of strains of 400 Streptomyces and 480 non-Strepto-ogy was applied to study and develop new production myces, respectively, cultivated in arrays of combinations ofconditions for major taxonomic groups of actinomycetes eight media optimized specifically for each group. The addi-(Streptomyces, Micromonosporaceae, Streptosporangia- tion of more production media had a more drastic effect on theceae, Pseudonocardiaceae, Nocardiaceae, and Thermo- production of activities by the so-called non-Streptomycesmonosporaceae), according to their terrestrial or marine strains, which increased by 32%. We confirmed, after aorigin, environmental stresses or nutrients. Whereas the cumulative experience of fermentation weeks using differentoriginal microplates described in the literature had only sets of media and strains, that only good selection of mediabeen tested with a limited number of taxa [24], we found compositions could reduce the number of strains active inno major issues in cultivation and optimization of growth multiple conditions. The use of eight conditions ensured asconditions for all major taxonomic groups of actinomy- many as 30% of the Streptomyces activities obtained in onlycetes, in a large variety of complex and synthetic liquid one medium, whereas in non-Streptomyces this numbermedia, even with long incubations extending up to 14 days reached 40% of the activities. These and similar resultswithout observing well evaporation. This new possibility of already reported with microfermentations of filamenting fungitesting a large number of nutritional conditions in parallel cultivated in multiple conditions [10] provide evidence sup-offered the possibility to explore minor groups of isolates porting that proper manipulation of media conditions canand understand their requirements in some cases in as further promote the biosynthetic potential of microorganismsmany as 20 different media. These included varied com- [12] and increase the chances of detecting novel moleculespositions in terms of carbon sources, inorganic or complex from active extracts selected to be pursued in chemical iso-nitrogen sources, trace elements, buffers, and phosphate lation projects.levels, with relatively low investment in time and resour- A second challenge to this miniaturization of productionces. An average of eight to ten production conditions was conditions is scaling up and reproducing antibiotic activitiesshown to be a good balance between the number of bio- detected with microfermentations in larger fermentationactivities obtained from the fermentation extracts and the formats. Different approaches were tested to mimic in largeeffort invested in their preparation. Without increasing our volumes the fermentation conditions of oxygen transfer andresources, we managed to increase by fivefold the number shear forces developed in the microwells, including selec-of extracts ready to be evaluated for production of antibi- tion of square bottles for cultivation instead of Erlenmeyerotic activities. Activities against the Gram-positive flasks. The application of Liquid Chromatography–MassFig. 3 Influence of nutritionalconditions on production ofbioactivities using 96-deep-wellminiaturized fermentations 123
  6. 6. 380 J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389Spectrometry (LC–MS) to track total masses of positive multiresistant bacterial and fungal pathogens. To be con-ions as a direct measure of production of metabolites has sidered active, extracts were required to exhibit potentbeen extremely useful to monitor the performance of strains activity against at least Staphylococcus aureus and/orin these different formats. We observed that, in most cases Candida albicans (Fig. 4). One of the major expectedstudied, the total volume and geometry of the container was problems associated with this empirical screening was therarely found to be a limiting factor in the production of continued rediscovery of known molecules and the needantibiotic activities, and very good correlations were for implementation of an analytical approach to identifyobtained between LC–MS profiles from strains grown in and eliminate these molecules from the process as early asmicrowells and those grown in square bottles or Erlenmeyer possible. Different analytical approaches have beenflasks. developed by other groups to address these limitations [19, These microfermentations have been shown to be 43, 71], and early dereplication of known molecules wasextremely useful for upfront evaluation of large numbers of ensured in our case through systematic analysis of com-strains and nutritional conditions to identify the best pro- bined LC–MS and Ultra Violet (UV) profiles of each of theduction media for a metabolite of interest. One of the active extracts, and screening of these data against a pro-limitations of this approach is determined by the small prietary LC–MS library of known antibiotic compounds.amount of extract (no more than 0.5 ml) that can be gen- In a period of 2 years, we performed intensive low-erated from microwell fermentation, which can be an issue resolution LC–MS analysis of more than 28,150 bioactiveif larger volumes are required for primary screening and hit extracts obtained from 8,670 actinomycetes, from whichdetection. In spite of these limitations, the good repro- we identified 22% of strains producing molecules matchingducibility of microfermentations ensures that large-scale 190 different entries in our antibiotic library. The matchingregrowth resources are focused purely on hits of interest. patterns differed according to the group of producing strains, and 42% of the 5,530 Streptomyces strains tested were found to produce known compounds in spite of effortsEarly LC–MS annotation and dereplication to challenge these strains with new nutritional conditions.of antibiotic activities Besides the widely occurring ionophore nocardamine, ac- tinomycins, polyenes, and nigericins are among the com-One of the approaches used for discovery of novel antibi- pounds repeatedly found in Streptomyces extracts, and inotics from massive screening of extracts generated by high- some cases in as many as 8% of samples (Fig. 5). In onlythroughput cultivation included upfront empirical evalua- 2 years of screening, more than 130 different knowntion of antimicrobial activities against a wide panel of molecules from major classes of known antibiotics andFig. 4 Empirical high-throughput screening123
  7. 7. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389 381Fig. 5 Known compoundsdetected in Streptomycesextracts. Only those withpercentages above 1% arepresented 123
  8. 8. 382 J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389their analogs were identified in Streptomyces extracts. In the compounds produced. Besides the partial informationspite of the wide occurrence of known molecules, and the from public culture collections, few studies that monitordifficulty in identifying these compounds early in the the distribution of known molecules across large numbersprocess, Streptomyces may produce unrevealed treasures of different actinomycetes species known to produce bio-continuously masked by potent or highly produced bioac- active molecules have been reported. To assess whethertive molecules. There is no general agreement about the species- or genus-specific molecules detected in ourbest strategy to tap these novel compounds, but new screening could be associated with any taxon, we evaluatedapproaches should take advantage of the continued the phylogenetic relationship and known compounds beingexpanding knowledge of the genome and metabolome of produced by the strains. In addition to the small numbers ofStreptomyces [1, 16], technical advances that permit semi- molecules identified by LC–MS, families of compoundsautomated generation of enriched semifractionated samples could not be specifically associated with any given lineagein screening [15, 76], high-resolution analytical LC–MS- (Table 1). In the case of Micromonosporaceae, no generalNMR techniques to identify the presence of scaffolds in pattern was observed, although rifamycin was detectedpartially purified samples [42, 47], and generation of 3 repeatedly in different and unrelated Micromonosporadimensional (3D) databases that will foster future virtual species [34], and as previously described, in isolates ofmining of natural products [56]. Salinispora spp. (Fig. 6) [39]. Rifamycin is also produced On the contrary, many fewer molecules produced by so- by different Amycolatopsis spp. (Fig. 6) as observed in thecalled minor genera were found in our database of known analysis of the Pseudonocardiaceae spp., where a reducedcompounds, as observed from the accumulated data from number of strains produce known compounds. Contrary to3,140 strains of as many as 44 actinomycetes genera. The what has been observed in filamentous fungi [10], wherepattern of known compounds was completely different, and small molecules could be associated to some extent withonly a limited number of extracts (19%) matched an entry specific families of fungi, the production of frequentlyin the database. The occurrence of known compounds occurring compounds studied in several actinomycetes fam-varied depending on the taxon. For the genera including the ilies is widespread across the different lineages and cannot bemost active strains studied, the percentage ranged from 5% related to any specific taxon, probably reflecting horizontalin Actinomadura spp. to 9% in Nocardia spp., 13% in gene transfer events that have been reported as occurringMicromonospora spp., 21% in Actinoplanes spp., to 38% among actinomycetes [25, 45, 69] in the environment.and 47% in Pseudonocardia spp. and Amycolatopsis spp.,respectively. Furthermore, most of the compounds fre-quently observed in these groups did not correspond to The platensimycin casethose frequently produced by Streptomyces. Our data didnot suggest any direct relationship between any given The discovery of the antibiotic platensimycin at Merck isgenus and families of compounds. Frequently the same one of the best examples of success resulting from thecompound could be detected as being produced from confluence of key elements in drug discovery: the rightunrelated species, supporting the wide distribution of many strain, the right production conditions, and the right target-of these biosynthetic clusters (Table 1). based screening. Platensimycin, a novel molecule with a completely new mode of action, was discovered from an antisense differential sensitivity screening strategy focusedNatural products and actinomycetes lineages on selective inhibitors of synthesis of fatty acids [59]. Platensimycin selectively inhibits the elongation condens-In addition to the LC–MS annotation of the active extracts, ing enzyme FabF of the bacterial fatty-acid synthesiswe generated in parallel 16S rDNA sequences of all the pathway, whereas the related compound platencin is anactive strains to confirm their taxonomic affiliation and to inhibitor of both the initiation condensing enzyme (FabH)evaluate the potential relatedness of the strains. The col- and elongation enzymes (FabF) [77, 78]. Platensimycinlection and analysis of more than 3,500 16S rDNA was originally identified from a strain of the genus Strep-sequences from active strains provided an extremely useful tomyces isolated from a South African soil. A secondway to assess their taxonomic identification, although it producer was rapidly identified from another Streptomyces,rapidly became evident that the 16S rDNA sequence was this time isolated from a soil collected in the Balearicinsufficient to resolve the relatedness of many of the strains Islands. Both strains exhibited similar morphologies and,of the same species, especially in the inner branches, and after 16S rDNA sequencing, both isolates were confirmedwith regard to the compounds produced. This information as Streptomyces platensis in spite of the lack of morpho-was used to map the known metabolites produced in all logical similarities with the type strain. In the process ofthese taxa, trying to correlate the phylogenetic data with screening of the 125,000 extracts that were tested from123
  9. 9. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389 383Table 1 Taxonomic diversity of species producing known natural products as detected by low-resolution mass spectrometry in crude extractsfrom minor genera of actinomycetesNP match Producing taxonRudolfomycin Pseudonocardia sp.30-Demethyl-lydicamycin Non-StreptomycesActinomycin C2 and D Amycolatopsis sp., Micromonospora sp.Amphomycin Actinoplanes sp.Azalomycin F3, F4, and F5 Amycolatopsis sp.Bafilomycin B1, C, and E Micromonospora sp.Blastomycin and analogs Micromonospora sp.Bottromycin A2 and B2 Amycolatopsis sp., Micromonospora sp.Chloramphenicol Micromonospora sp.Chromocyclomycin Amycolatopsis sp.Cinerubin Pseudonocardia sp.Cosmomycin D and analog Actiinomadura sp.Deferoxamine mesylate Micromonospora sp., Nocardia sp.Des-HOAC-Griseolutein B Amycolatopsis sp., Saccharopolyspora sp., Micromonospora sp., Nocardia sp.Echinomycin Pseudonocardia sp.Erythromycin Saccharopolyspora sp., Micromonospora sp., Rhodococcus sp.Flavofungin II or analog Pseudonocardia sp.Fluvirucin analog Micromonospora sp.Gamma-rubromycin Actinomadura sp.GE2270 A Nonomuraea sp.Geldanamycin Amycolatopsis sp., Pseudonocardia sp.Genistein Actinomadura sp., Actinoplanes sp., Couchioplanes sp., Dietzia sp., Kribella sp., Micromonospora sp., Nocardia sp., Nonomuraea sp.Heliquinomycin aglycone Actinoplanes sp.Histidomycin A and B Micromonospora sp.Hygrolidin Non-StreptomycesIsoquinocycline B Micromonospora sp.Lobophorin A and B Dietzia sp., Rhodococcus sp.Lysolipin I Non-StreptomycesMedermycin methyl ester Micromonospora sp.Mithramycin A Amycolatopsis sp., Saccharothrix sp.Monensin and analog Pseudonocardia sp.Mycosubtilin analog Nocardia sp.Narasin and analogs Micromonospora echinosporaNargenicin B1 Nocardia brasilensisNigericin Amycolatopsis sacchari, Nocardia cyriacigeorgica, Saccharothrix flavaNocathiacin I, II and analog Amycolatopsis fastidiosaNorcardamine Amycolatopsis orientalis, Micromonospora sp., Nocardia sp., Pseudonocardia sp.,Novobiocin Micromonospora brunnea, Nocardia sp, Pseudonocardia sp.Oxanthromicin Nocardia carnea, Pseudonocardia sp.Pamamycin family Amycolatopsis kentuckyensisPepstatin A Pseudonocardia sp.Polyene_N = 4 Actinokineospora diospyrosa, Amycolatopsis kentuckyensis, Micromonospora sp., Saccharothrix australiensisPolyene_N = 5 Actinomadura sp., Actinoplanes digitatis, Amycolatopsis lexingtonensis, Micromonospora sp., Nocardia cyriageorgica, Saccharothrix cryophilisPolyene_N = 7 Actinoplanes brasiliensis, Amycolatopsis orientalis, Lechevalieria xinjiangensis, Micromonospora sp., Nocardia cyriageorgicaPolyketomycin Couchioplanes caeruleus, Pseudonocardia sp. Pseudonocardia sp.Puromycin Amycolatopsis sp. 123
  10. 10. 384 J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389Table 1 continuedNP match Producing taxonPyrroxamycin Non-StreptomycesQuinocycline A Micromonospora sp.Quinomycin C Pseudonocardia sp.Rifamycin S Actinomadura sp., Amycolatopsis vancoresmycetica, Micromonospora sp., Salinispora sp.Rimocidin Micromonospora sp., Pseudonocardia sp.Rubromycin beta Actinoplanes penicillatus, Pseudonocardia sp.Salbomycin Pseudonocardia sp.Setomimycin Non-StreptomycesSoframycin Non-StreptomycesSpiramycin sulfate and analog Non-StreptomycesStaphylomycin analog Non-StreptomycesStaurosporine Actinomadura sp., Rhodococcus sp., Salinispora sp.,Steffimycin Micromonospora melanosporaStreptothricin F Actinoplanes sp.Tetracycline analog Amycolatopsis sp.Thiolactomycin Nocardiopsis sp., Verrucosispora sp.Valinomycin Micromonospora sp., Nocardia sp.Viridogrisein Non-Streptomyces a b Micromonospora spp. M. aurantinigra/ M. echinospora/ M. citrea Narasin, Bafilomycin, Griseolutein Amycolatopsis spp. A. lexingtonenesis/A. rifamycinica Griseolutein/ Rifamycin S M. globosa / M. aurantiaca / M. coxensis Rifamycin A. vancoresmycetica Rifamycin S M. mirobrigensis / chokoriensis Isoquinocycline Micromonospora sp./ M. yulongensis A. tolypophora M. fulvoviolaceae A. keratinophilica/ A. orientalis Chromocyclomycin/ Mithramycin M. purpurochromogenes A. nogabecetica M. brunnea M. floridensis A.coloradensis M. carbonacea Rifamycin Amycolatopsis sp. Rifamycin S M. matsumotoense A. sacchari accharopolysporaS. erythraea M. floridensis / M. brunnea Erythromycin S.spinosa M. rosaria S. flava S. pogona Chartreusin Saccharopolyspora spp. M. echinospora S. shandongensis M. endolithica / M.chersina M. halophitica Rifamycin / Nonactin A. lactamdurans Nigericin/ Medermycin/ Genistein/ Novobiocin Actinoplanes minutisporangius Krassilnokovia sp. Verrucosispora gifhornensis * Rifamycin S / Staurosporine Kibdelosporangium spp. Salinispora spp.* K.aridum/ K.philippinense Dactylosporangium salmoneum Everninomycins Pseudonocardia sp Polymorphospora spp. Catenuloplanes indicus / Couchioplanes caeruleus Genistein P. yunnanensis Actinoplanes philippinensis / A. utahensis / A. cyaneus Pseudonocardia spp. Genistein / Rubromycin P. zijingensis A. arizonaensis / A. digitatis Polyenes Saccharothrix cryophilis Validamycin Catellatospora ishkariensis / C. ferruginea / Asanoa iriomotensis Saccharothrix spp. Actinoplanes deccanensis / A. ferrugineus / Amphomycin / Genistein / S.espanaensis/ S. xinjiangensis Mithramycin A. yunnanensis / A. violaceus / A. auranticolor Polyketomycin S.texasensis Actinosynnema pretiosum Bottromycin Micromonospora melanospora / M. globosa Lechevaleria flava Erythromycin / Nigericin Micromonospora citrea L. aerocolonigenes / L.alba/ L. kentukyensis Lentzea spp. Micromonospora spp . 0.1% 16S partial rDNAsequences NJ tree 0.1% 16S partial rDNA sequences , NJFig. 6 Detection of known metabolites across the different species of phylogenetic tree was based on a neighbor-joining clustering analysisactive strains of Micromonosporaceae (a) and Pseudonocardineaceae of partial 16S rDNA sequences of 218 Micromonosporaceae and 100(b) producing antibacterial or antifungal compounds. In both cases the Pseudocardineaceae123
  11. 11. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389 385Fig. 7 Diversity of Streptomyces albulus IMC S-0802/AB02440Streptomyces platensis strains Streptomyces somaliensis DSM 40760T/AJ00399producing platensimycin. The Streptomyces lydicus ATCC 25470/Y15507 89 Streptomyces kasugaensis NBRC 13851/AB184530phylogenetic relationship wasestablished upon neighbor- Streptomyces sclerotialus DSM 43032/AJ621608joining analysis of aligned Streptomyces rimosus JCM4667/AB045883 Streptomyces sp. F-160,280 (South Africa)complete 16S rDNA sequences 61 Streptomyces sp. F-186,868 (South Africa)and compared with the type 84Streptomyces sp. F-155,245 (Spain)strain S. platensis NBRC Streptomyces sp. F-155,186 (Spain)12901T 79 Streptomyces sp. F-245,844 (Argentina) Streptomyces sp. F-245,799 (Argentina) Streptomyces sp. F-155,151 (Spain) Streptomyces platensis 72 Streptomyces platensis F-156,190 MA7339 (Spain) 100 HO Streptomyces sp. F-148,495 (New Caledonia) O O Streptomyces sp. F-148,514 (New Caledonia) N CO 2 H H OH Streptomyces sp. F-114,200 (Reunion Island) O 62 Streptomyces sp. F-186,182 (Spain) Streptomyces sp. F-186,181 (Spain) Platensimycin L-001068954 69 77 Streptomyces sp. F-176,575 (South Africa) Streptomyces sp. F-176,573 (South Africa) Streptomyces sp. F-186,179 (South Africa) Streptomyces sp. F-186,180 (South Africa) 97 Streptomyces platensis NBRC 12901T/AB184231 Streptomyces sp. F-130,739 MA7327 (South Africa) 0.01 NJ, 16S rRNAnatural products libraries [82], it rapidly became evident 10 Platensimycin production µg/ml 9that the molecule could be identified repeatedly in our Media 8collection as produced by multiple isolates, although these CLA 7corresponded exclusively to members of the genus Strep- 6 GOTtomyces. A mass-spectrometry analytical method was put 5 4in place to detect early in the process the presence of this 3compound in extracts with activity against Staphylococcus 2aureus. Following this approach we identified in the early 1 0stages of the screening campaign at least 18 actinomycete F-130,739 F-186,179 F-186,180 F-186,868 F-160,280 F-114,200 F-148,495 F-148,514 F-155,151 F-155,186 F-155,245 F-186,181 F-186,182 F-156,190 F-245,799 F-245,844 DSM40041strains from five different geographical origins initiallyrecognized as producing platensimycin as confirmed bylow-resolution mass spectrometry. Independently of their Strainsorigin, all the strains exhibited similar morphological South Africa Reunion Is New Caledonia Spain Argentinacharacteristics and could be identified as Streptomyces spp.16S rDNA sequence analysis of all these isolates confirmed Fig. 8 Platensimycin production in liquid media using miniaturizedthe taxonomic affiliation, being identified as members of deep-well fermentations. LC–MS detection: concentration ratios were established with reference to the purified platensimycin levelthe species S. platensis (Fig. 7). We tested the production produced by MA7327 (F-130,739): 2 lg/ml. (Production was fol-rates of all these strains in several nutritional conditions lowed for 7 days in two complex media, CLA and GOT; productionusing microfermentations. In spite of the taxonomic relat- was not detected in these media in the strains F-180.280 and F-edness of the strains, the production conditions were strain 156.190)dependent, with titers of the compound ranging from 2 to9 lg/ml being obtained in only one or two liquid media, farfrom the 323 lg/ml obtained with unregulated overpro- its presence, platensimycin was detected with rather highducing mutant strains [63] (Fig. 8). Further studies with frequency later in the course of the screening, being presentthese wild-type strains have shown that intraspecific in as many as 0.3% of tested Streptomyces extracts, and itdiversity not revealed by ribosomal sequencing approaches had surprisingly remained untapped for decades until thedoes exist among the platensimycin producers, and that this proper assay was used to bring it to light.diversity translates into differential expression of metabo- The different approaches mentioned above, includinglites observed by electrospray injection mass spectrometry the dereplication tools applied in the early detection of(data not shown). Whereas the molecule could not initially other known compounds across the different groupsbe identified in crude extracts without prior knowledge of of actinomycetes tested, have also favored the discovery of 123
  12. 12. 386 J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38:375–389Fig. 9 Novel structures 7 OH O OH OH 5 17 Odetected from actinomycetes O H3C O 1 HO2C 3 8 1 O O O O N 5 O Ousing these screening HO2C N OH H 11 12 9 O O O OH O O O OH OH H 8 H Happroaches 15 14 O H H O O CH3 16 H H OH OH Platensimycin Platencin Lucensimycin A Lucensimycin B Lucensimycin D Lucensimycin E Philipimycin Lucensimycins 24 H 5 H 18 COOH COOH 23 1 17 H H O 8 O 14 H H 12 O 20 O 19 H 10 22 O 21 O OHO O Okilactomycin Okilactomycin A Okilactomycins 23 H H COOH R3 22 H O HO HO H 1 O 20 O H O 21 O O OH O O Okilactomycin B : R3 = CO2H, Okilactomycin C : R3 = CH3, Okilactomycin Dother novel compounds. Among these novel molecules can be Acknowledgments Authors worked at CIBE, Madrid, Spain untilmentioned the new protein synthesis inhibitors lucensimycins Natural Products at Merck came to an end in September 2008. Most of them are presently members of the scientific staff of the newand okilactomycins from Streptomyces spp. that were identi- ´ Fundacion MEDINA, Granada, Spain. The authors would like tofied using an antisense strategy [61, 85], the new thiazolyl acknowledge the contribution of all CIBE employees during the yearspeptides thiazomycin and philipimycin produced, respec- of operation of the research center, and the support of many others attively, by Amycolatopsis fastidiosa and Actinoplanes philli- ˜ MSD de Espana who enabled the establishment of this nonprofit research organization that has ensured continuity of research intopinensis, or the anthelmintic macrolactam fluvirucins from microbial natural products for more than 54 years.Nonomuraea turkmeniaca [3, 38, 84] (Fig. 9). ReferencesConclusions 1. Alam MT, Merlo ME, Takano E, Breitling R (2010) Genome-The discovery of platensimycin has shown that, in addition based phylogenetic analysis of Streptomyces and its relatives.to the chemical novelty of the molecules obtained from Mol Phylogenet Evol 54:763–772 2. Anderson AS, Wellington EMH (2001) The taxonomy ofminor actinomycetes genera, Streptomyces continues to be Streptomyces and related genera. Int J Syst Evol Microbiolone of the best factories among actinomycetes and can 51:797–814deliver novel scaffolds if appropriate tools are put in place 3. Ayers S, Zink DL, Powell JS, Brown CM, Murphy T, Grund A,to reveal them in a cost-effective manner. The technolog- Genilloud O, Salazar O, Thompson D, Singh SB (2008) Anthelmintic macrolactams from Nonomuraea turkmeniacaical advances that are becoming available are bringing MA7381. J Antibiot 61:59–62together all disciplines involved in natural products ´ 4. Ayuso A, Clark D, Gonzalez I, Salazar O, Anderson A, Genilloudresearch and shaping new ways in which microbial natural O (2005) A novel actinomycete strain de-replication approachproducts can be mined and exploited. Without doubt, there based on the diversity of polyketide synthase and nonribosomal peptide synthetase biosynthetic pathways. Appl Microbiol Bio-are strong indications of renewed interest from many sec- technol 67:795–806tors in exploring natural product libraries for novel scaf- 5. Ayuso-Sacido A, Genilloud O (2005) New PCR primers for thefolds. The challenge today is to be able to translate current screening of NRPS and PKS-I systems in actinomycetes: detec-developments into industrial-scale processes, and this tion and distribution of these biosynthetic gene sequences in major taxonomic groups. Microbiol Ecol 49:10–24remains the major hurdle that will have to be overcome if 6. Baltz RH (2008) Renaissance in antibacterial discovery fromwe want to revitalize natural products discovery. actinomycetes. Curr Opin Pharmacol 8:557–563123
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