Mechanism of Action of Ribosomally Synthesized and Post-Translationally Modified Peptides

Chayanid Ongpipattanakul, Emily K. Desormeaux, Adam Dicaprio, Wilfred A. Van Der Donk, Douglas A. Mitchell, Satish K. Nair

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Ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) are a natural product class that has undergone significant expansion due to the rapid growth in genome sequencing data and recognition that they are made by biosynthetic pathways that share many characteristic features. Their mode of actions cover a wide range of biological processes and include binding to membranes, receptors, enzymes, lipids, RNA, and metals as well as use as cofactors and signaling molecules. This review covers the currently known modes of action (MOA) of RiPPs. In turn, the mechanisms by which these molecules interact with their natural targets provide a rich set of molecular paradigms that can be used for the design or evolution of new or improved activities given the relative ease of engineering RiPPs. In this review, coverage is limited to RiPPs originating from bacteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14722-14814
Number of pages93
JournalChemical reviews
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 28 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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