Ribosomal peptide natural products: Bridging the ribosomal and nonribosomal worlds

John A. McIntosh, Mohamed S. Abou Donia, Eric W. Schmidt

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Ribosomally synthesized bacterial natural products rival the nonribosomal peptides in their structural and functional diversity. The last decade has seen substantial progress in the identification and characterization of biosynthetic pathways leading to ribosomal peptide natural products with new and unusual structural motifs. In some of these cases, the motifs are similar to those found in nonribosomal peptides, and many are constructed by convergent or even paralogous enzymes. Here, we summarize the major structural and biosynthetic categories of ribosomally synthesized bacterial natural products and, where applicable, compare them to their homologs from nonribosomal biosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-559
Number of pages23
JournalNatural Product Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Drug Discovery
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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