Digitizing mass spectrometry data to explore the chemical diversity and distribution of marine cyanobacteria and algae

Tal Luzzatto-Knaan, Neha Garg, Mingxun Wang, Evgenia Glukhov, Yao Peng, Gail Ackermann, Amnon Amir, Brendan M. Duggan, Sergey Ryazanov, Lena Gerwick, Rob Knight, Theodore Alexandrov, Nuno Bandeira, William H. Gerwick, Pieter C. Dorrestein

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Natural product screening programs have uncovered molecules from diverse natural sources with various biological activities and unique structures. However, much is yet underexplored and additional information is hidden in these exceptional collections. We applied untargeted mass spectrometry approaches to capture the chemical space and dispersal patterns of metabolites from an in-house library of marine cyanobacterial and algal collections. Remarkably, 86% of the metabolomics signals detected were not found in other available datasets of similar nature, supporting the hypothesis that marine cyanobacteria and algae possess distinctive metabolomes. The data were plotted onto a world map representing eight major sampling sites, and revealed potential geographic locations with high chemical diversity. We demonstrate the use of these inventories as a tool to explore the diversity and distribution of natural products. Finally, we utilized this tool to guide the isolation of a new cyclic lipopeptide, yuvalamide A, from a marine cyanobacterium.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere24214
StatePublished - 11 May 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Institutes of Health GM107550 William H Gerwick, European Commission FP7 Theodore Alexandrov, H2020 305259 Theodore Alexandrov, Vaadia-BARD Fellowship No.FI-494-13 Tal Luzzatto-Knaan, H2020 634402 Theodore Alexandrov

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© Luzzatto-Knaan et al.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology (all)


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