Biosynthesis of GDP-d-glycero--d-manno-heptose for the Capsular Polysaccharide of Campylobacter jejuni. Academic Article uri icon


  • The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) structure of Campylobacter jejuni contributes to its robust fitness. Many strains contain heptose moieties in their CPS units. The precursor heptose is GDP-d-glycero--d-manno-heptose; modifications to the stereochemistry at C3-C6 as well as additions of methyl and phosphoramidate groups lend to the hypervariability of the C. jejuni CPS structures. Synthesis of GDP-d-glycero--d-manno-heptose has been described previously, but using enzymes from Aneurinibacillus thermoaerophilus DSM 10155. Here we describe the complete synthesis of GDP-d-glycero--d-manno-heptose using enzymes from C. jejuni NTCC 11168: Cj1152 and Cj1423-Cj1425. Our results yield kinetic parameters for these enzymes and outline a successful strategy for milligram-gram scale synthesis of GDP-d-glycero--d-manno-heptose. This achievement is critical for the characterization of other carbohydrate tailoring enzymes, which are expected to utilize GDP-d-glycero--d-manno-heptose for the biosynthesis of more complex carbohydrates in the CPS of C. jejuni.

published proceedings

  • Biochemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Huddleston, J. P., & Raushel, F. M.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018 11:11 AM