Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

Structure, Synthesis of Hierridin C and Discovery of Prevalent Alkylresorcinol Biosynthesis in Picocyanobacteria


Small, single-celled planktonic cyanobacteria are ubiquitous in the world’s oceans yet tend not to to be perceived as biosynthetically-prolific organisms. Here we report the isolation and structure elucidation of hierridin C, an antiplasmodial halogenated alkylresorcinol produced in very low amounts by the picocyanobacterium Cyanobiumsp. LEGE 06113. We describe a simple, straightforward synthetic route to the scarcely-produced hierridins that relies on a key, highly regioselective halogenation step. In addition, we show that these compounds originate from a type III PKS pathway and that similar biosynthetic gene clusters are found in a variety of bacterial genomes, most notably those of the globally-distributed picocyanobacteria genera Prochlorococcus, Cyanobiumand Synechococcus.


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Preprint Costa et al 2018 SI v1