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Dysregulated Gliotoxin Biosynthesis Attenuates the Production of Unrelated Biosynthetic Gene Cluster-Encoded Metabolites in Aspergillus fumigatus

Gliotoxin is an epipolythiodioxopiperazine (ETP) class toxin, contains a disulfide bridge that mediates its toxic effects via redox cycling and is produced by the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. The gliotoxin bis-thiomethyltransferase, GtmA, attenuates gliotoxin biosynthesis in A. fumigatus by conversion of dithiol gliotoxin to bis-thiomethylgliotoxin (BmGT). Here we show that disruption of dithiol gliotoxin bis-thiomethylation functionality in A. fumigatus results in significant remodelling of the A. fumigatus secondary metabolome upon extended culture. RP-HPLC and LC-MS/MS analysis revealed the reduced production of a plethora of unrelated biosynthetic gene cluster-encoded metabolites, including pseurotin A, fumagillin, fumitremorgin C and tryprostatin B, occurs in A. fumigatus ΔgtmA upon extended incubation. Parallel quantitative proteomic analysis of A. fumigatus wild-type and ΔgtmA during extended culture revealed cognate abundance alteration of proteins encoded by relevant biosynthetic gene clusters, allied to multiple alterations in hypoxia-related proteins. The data presented herein reveal a previously concealed functionality of GtmA in facilitating the biosynthesis of other BGC-encoded metabolites produced by A. fumigatus.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S1878614617301782

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