Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Back Cover: Insights into the Mechanism of the Antibiotic-Synthesizing Enzyme MoeO5 from Crystal Structures of Different Complexes (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 17/2012)
New antibiotics are needed because of the increasing occurrence of multidrug resistance, as seen in Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The initiating step of the biosynthesis of the next-generation drug moenomycin is catalyzed by MoeO5, which is a prenyltransferase with triose-phosphate-isomerase barrel structure as was shown by E. Oldfield, R.-T. Guo, and co-workers in their Communication on page 4157 ff. The transferred farnesyl group undergoes a trans-to-cis conversion in its first double bond.