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Complete biosynthesis of noscapine and halogenated alkaloids in yeast.

Li Y., Li S., Thodey K., Trenchard I., Cravens A., Smolke C.D.

Microbial biosynthesis of plant natural products from simple building blocks is a promising approach toward scalable production and modification of high-value compounds. The pathway for biosynthesis of noscapine, a potential anticancer compound, from canadine was recently elucidated as a 10-gene cluster from opium poppy. Here we demonstrate the de novo production of noscapine in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, through the reconstruction of a biosynthetic pathway comprising over 30 enzymes from plants, bacteria, mammals, and yeast itself, including 7 plant endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-localized enzymes. Optimization directed to tuning expression of pathway enzymes, host endogenous metabolic pathways, and fermentation conditions led to an over 18,000-fold improvement from initial noscapine titers to ∼2.2 mg/L. By feeding modified tyrosine derivatives to the optimized noscapine-producing strain we further demonstrated microbial production of halogenated benzylisoquinoline alkaloids. This work highlights the potential for microbial biosynthetic platforms to support the synthesis of valuable and novel alkaloid compounds, which can advance alkaloid-based drug discovery and development.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 115:E3922-E3931(2018) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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