• S-adenosylmethionine;
  • Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis;
  • BldK;
  • Regulation of differentiation


S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM), the major methyl donor in diverse biological processes, was recently found to be involved in the regulation of differentiation in streptomycetes. Exogenous SAM, in a quantity as low as 2 μM, enhanced antibiotic production and inhibited morphological development of Streptomyces coelicolor M145. Total protein profiling of S. coelicolor M145 revealed that SAM enhanced the expression of oligopeptide-binding components related to ABC transporters that included BldK, a well-known regulatory factor in S. coelicolor differentiation. A radiolabeled SAM feeding experiment verified that exogenous SAM can be imported into the cell, which is under the control of the bld cascade. This study substantiated that BldK serves as a transducer of the SAM signal and uncovered the possible role of oligopeptide import in the regulation of Streptomyces differentiation, particularly in relation to SAM.