Landomycin biosynthesis and its regulation in Streptomyces

  • Oleksandr Yushchuk
  • Madan Kharel
  • Iryna Ostash
  • Bohdan OstashEmail author


This mini-review is centered on genetic aspects of biosynthesis of landomycins (La), a family of angucycline polyketides. From the very discovery in the 1990s, La were noted for unusual structure and potent anticancer properties. La are produced by a few actinobacteria that belong to genus Streptomyces. Biochemical logic behind the production of La aglycon and glycoside halves and effects of La on mammalian cells have been thoroughly reviewed in 2009–2012. Yet, the genetic diversity of La biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) and regulation of their production were not properly reviewed since discovery of La. Here, we aim to fill this gap by focusing on three interrelated topics. First, organization of known La BGCs is compared. Second, up-to-date scheme of biosynthetic pathway to landomycin A (LaA), the biggest (by molar weight) member of La family, is succinctly outlined. Third, we describe genetic and nutritional factors that influence La production and export. A summary of the practical utility of the gained knowledge and future directions to study La biosynthesis conclude this mini-review.


Angucyclines Landomycins Biosynthesis Regulation Antibiotic export 



We thank all current and former members of Fedorenko group (Lviv University) who contributed to the studies of La. We also sincerely apologize to everyone who contributed to studies of La, and whose works were not cited due to page constraints.


This work was supported by grants of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine M/26-2018 and Bg-41Nr (to B.O.).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Genetics and BiotechnologyIvan Franko National University of LvivLvivUkraine
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of Maryland Eastern ShorePrincess AnneUSA

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