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Desaturation of the Sphingofungin Polyketide Tail Results in Increased Serine Palmitoyltransferase Inhibition

Serine palmitoyltransferase catalyzes the first step of the sphingolipid biosynthesis. Recently, sphingolipid homeostasis has been connected to several human diseases, making serine palmitoyltransferases an interesting therapeutic target. Known and efficient serine palmitoyltransferase-inhibitors are sphingofungins, a group of natural products isolated from fungi. To further characterize newly isolated sphingofungins, we designed an easy to use colorimetric serine palmitoyltransferase activity assay using FadD, which can be performed in 96-well plates. Because sphingofungins exert antifungal activitiy as well, we compared the in vitro assay results with an in vivo growth assay using Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The reported experiments showed differences among the assayed sphingofungins, highlighting an increase of activity based on the saturation levels of the polyketide tail.