Ribosomally synthesized peptides are generally limited to l-amino acid building blocks. Given the advantageous properties of peptides containing d-amino acids such as stabilization of certain turns and against proteolytic degradation, methods to introduce d-stereocenters are valuable. Here we report the first in vitro reconstitution and characterization of a dehydrogenase that carries out the asymmetric reduction of dehydroalanine. NpnJA reduces dehydroalanine to d-Ala using NAPDH as cosubstrate. The enzyme displays high substrate tolerance allowing introduction of d-Ala into a range of non-native substrates. In addition to the in vitro reactions, we describe five examples of using Escherichia coli as biosynthetic host for d-alanine introduction into ribosomal peptides. A deuterium-label-based coupled-enzyme assay was used to rapidly determine the stereochemistry of the newly installed alanine.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry