The enzymes that comprise type II polyketide synthases (PKSs) are powerful biocatalysts that, once well-understood and strategically applied, could enable cost-effective and sustainable access to a range of pharmaceutically relevant molecules. Progress toward this goal hinges on gaining ample access to materials for in vitro characterizations and structural analysis of the components of these synthases. A central component of PKSs is the acyl carrier protein (ACP), which serves as a hub during the biosynthesis of type II polyketides. Herein, we share methods for accessing type II PKS ACPs via heterologous expression in E. coli . We also share how the installation of reactive and site-specific spectroscopic probes can be leveraged to study the conformational dynamics and interactions of type II PKS ACPs.
Keywords: Acyl carrier protein; Heterologous expression; Polyaromatic polyketide; Polyketide synthase; Type II polyketide.
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