The Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 828–833 | Cite as

Functional analysis of SGR4635-induced enhancement of pigmented antibiotic production in Streptomyces lividans

  • Won-Jae Chi
  • Soon-Youl Lee
  • JaeHag LeeEmail author


The Gram-positive mycelium-producing bacterium Streptomyces undergoes complex morphological differentiation after autolytic degradation of the vegetative mycelium. Cell-wall breakdown during growth stimulates cell development and secondary metabolite production by Streptomyces. N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) produced by cell-wall lysis acts as a signal molecule, triggering the production of secondary metabolites in S. coelicolor A3(2). Here, we report that introduction of multiple copies of the GlcNAc-internalizing gene (sgr4635, encoding nagE2) of S. griseus activates actinorhodin and undecylprodigiosin production during the late growth of S. lividans in the absence of GlcNAc. Furthermore, the repressor-type transcriptional regulator DasR binds to two operator sites upstream of sgr4635. Our findings indicate that sgr4635 induces DasR-mediated antibiotic production by internalizing the GlcNAc accumulated from cell-wall lysis.


Streptomyces antibiotic production N-acetylglucosamine transcriptional regulator DasR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological ScienceMyongji UniversityGyeonggi-doRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyHankyong National UniversityGyeonggi-doRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Food and NutritionSeoil UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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