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Schmidt-Dannert subsequently cleaved. Prenyl transferases (C1-fold and ABBA-type, see below) catalyze electrophilic alkylation between a prenyl diphosphate chain and an electron-rich indole or polyketide moiety. The second major class of isoprenoid biosynthetic enzymes (class II) share a double α-helical barrel fold (C2-fold) with a hydrophobic active site cavity located between the two alpha-barrel domains (commonly referred to as γβ-domains). g. g. oxidosqualene lanosterol synthase). Formation of the ensuing carbocation triggers a cyclization cascade along the prenyl chain.

Relatively few studies describe the identification and characterization of enzymes and pathways that give rise to sesqui-, di- and triterpene natural products in filamentous fungi. Based on literature reports and a survey in SciFinder, polyketides (PK) and non-ribosomal peptides (NRP) synthesized by thiotemplate mechanism synthetases (PKSs and NRPSs) clearly appear to be the major classes of natural products made by Ascomycota [94–96]. A similar survey for natural products isolated from Basidiomycota, however, returned less than 100 potentially PKS-or NRPS-derived compounds, whereas close to 500 reports (*1,000 compounds) described the isolation of terpenoids.

Omphalotus olearius was identified decades ago as a prolific producer of anticancer illudin M and S [152, 167–169]. Illudins are derived from the protoilludane scaffold (Fig. 6). We aimed to identify the corresponding sesquiterpene synthase and expected surrounding genes encoding the illudin biosynthetic pathway. We sequenced the genome of O. olearius (deposited at JGI) and discovered a surprisingly large sesquiterpene synthase family (Omp1-10) [20]. The recombinant enzymes catalyze all but one possible initial cyclization reaction of FPP, shown in Fig.

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