Glycosylation of Semi-Synthetic Isoflavene Phenoxodiol with a Recombinant Glycosyltransferase from Micromonospora echinospora ATCC 27932

Minsuk Seo, Yurin Seol, Je Won Park

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Glycosyltransferase (GT)-specific degenerate PCR screening followed by in silico sequence analyses of the target clone was used to isolate a member of family1 GT-encoding genes from the established fosmid libraries of soil actinomycetes Micromonospora echinospora ATCC 27932. A recombinant MeUGT1 was heterologously expressed as a His-tagged protein in E. coli, and its enzymatic reaction with semi-synthetic phenoxodiol isoflavene (as a glycosyl acceptor) and uridine diphosphate-glucose (as a glycosyl donor) created two different glycol-attached products, thus revealing that MeUGT1 functions as an isoflavonoid glycosyltransferase with regional flexibility. Chromatographic separation of product glycosides followed by the instrumental analyses, clearly confirmed these previously unprecedented glycosides as phenoxodiol-4'-α-O-glucoside and phenoxodiol-7-α-Oglucoside, respectively. The antioxidant activities of the above glycosides are almost the same as that of parental phenoxodiol, whereas their anti-proliferative activities are all superior to that of cisplatin (the most common platinum chemotherapy drug) against two human carcinoma cells, ovarian SKOV-3 and prostate DU-145. In addition, they are more water-soluble than their parental aglycone, as well as remaining intractable to the simulated in vitro digestion test, hence demonstrating the pharmacological potential for the enhanced bio-accessibility of phenoxodiol glycosides. This is the first report on the microbial enzymatic biosynthesis of phenoxodiol glucosides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-662
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of microbiology and biotechnology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May 1

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This work was supported by Korea University Grant (K1808551).

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  • MeUGT1
  • Micromonospora echinospora
  • isoflavonoid glycosyltransferase
  • phenoxodiol glucosides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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