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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 479742, 6 pages
Research Article

Improvement of Daptomycin Production in Streptomyces roseosporus through the Acquisition of Pleuromutilin Resistance

1Institute of Modern Biopharmaceuticals, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
2Chongqing Engineering Research Center for Pharmaceutical Process and Quality Control, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China

Received 28 April 2013; Revised 8 July 2013; Accepted 22 July 2013

Academic Editor: Marco Bazzicalupo

Copyright © 2013 Linli Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Daptomycin, a cyclic lipopeptide antibiotic produced by Streptomyces roseosporus, displays potent activity against a variety of gram-positive pathogens. There is a demand for generating high-producing strains for industrial production of this valuable antibiotic. Ribosome engineering is a powerful strategy to enhance the yield of secondary metabolites. In this study, the effect of a diterpenoid antibiotic pleuromutilin resistance mutation on daptomycin production was assessed. Spontaneous pleuromutilin-resistant derivatives of S. roseosporus were isolated. Sequencing of rplC locus (encoding the ribosomal protein L3) showed a point mutation at nt 455, resulting in the substitution of glycine with valine. G152V mutants showed increased production of daptomycin by approximately 30% in comparison with the wild-type strain. Its effect on daptomycin production was due to enhanced gene transcription of the daptomycin biosynthetic genes. In conclusion, pleuromutilin could be used as a novel ribosome engineering agent to improve the production of desired secondary metabolites.