Hetiamacin E and F, New amicoumacin antibiotics from bacillus subtilis PJS using MS/MS-based molecular networking

Ting Wang, Qinpei Lu, Chenghang Sun, Dmitrii Lukianov, Ilya Andreevich Osterman, Petr Vladimirovich Sergiev, Olga Anatolievna Dontsova, Xinxin Hu, Xuefu You, Shaowei Liu, Gang Wu

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To combat escalating levels of antibiotic resistance, novel strategies are developed to address the everlasting demand for new antibiotics. This study aimed at investigating amicoumacin antibiotics from the desert-derived Bacillus subtilis PJS by using the modern MS/MS-based molecular networking approach. Two new amicoumacins, namely hetiamacin E (1) and hetiamacin F (2), were finally isolated. The planar structures were determined by analysis of extensive NMR spectroscopic and HR–ESI–MS data, and the absolute configurations were concluded by analysis of the CD spectrum. Hetiamacin E (1) showed strong antibacterial activities against methicillin-sensitive and resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis at 2–4 µg/mL, and methicillin-sensitive and resistant Staphylococcus aureus at 8–16 µg/mL. Hetiamacin F (2) exhibited moderate antibacterial activities against Staphylococcus sp. at 32 µg/mL. Both compounds were inhibitors of protein biosynthesis demonstrated by a double fluorescent protein reporter system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4446
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Amicoumacins
  • Antibacterial activity
  • Bacillus subtilis PJS
  • Inhibitors of protein biosynthesis
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)


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