Mining bacterial genomes to reveal secret synergy

Mohammad Alanjary, Marnix H. Medema*

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The medical treatment of infectious diseases often requires combination therapies that blend two molecules to enhance drug efficacy. Nature does the same. In a new article, Mrak et al. identify and functionally characterize natural products from Streptomyces rapamycinicus that show synergistic antifungal activity with the well-known immunosuppressant metabolite rapamycin, produced by the same strain. The genomic co-association of the two biosynthetic gene clusters paves the way toward new strategies to discover synergistic pairs of antibiotics through large-scale genome mining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19996-19997
JournalThe Journal of biological chemistry
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2018


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