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Amphisin is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide produced by non-ribosomal peptide synthetases in Pseudomonas species. It is the name-sake CLiP of a group of structurally similar lipopeptides, the Amphisin group. This group also contains arthrofactin (), lokisin (), tensin (), anikasin, milkisin () and the stechlisins ().

Original publicationSorensen, 2001
Original sourcePseudomonas sp. DSS73
Sequence determined byX-ray crystallography
Stereochemistry determined byX-ray crystallography
Other known sources (non-putative)n.a.

Chemical properties

Molecular formulaC66H114N12O20
Mono-isotopic mass1394.8272 Da (isobaric to other CLiPs, see text)
Molecular weight1395.7 g mol-1
SolubilitySoluble in MeOH, DMSO, DMF, buffer. Not soluble in acetonitrile, milliQ
CMC0.075 mM (Groboillot, 2011)
NMR data available in literaturen.a.

Chemical structure

Amphisin is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide (CLiP) produced by Pseudomonas sp. DSS73, isolated from the rhizosphere of sugar beet seedlings. (Sorensen, 2001) It consists of a undecapeptide sequence, linked to at a 3R-hydroxydecanoic acid (3-OH C10:0) moiety at the N-terminus, as determined by X-ray crystallography. At the C-terminal end, the peptide features an ester bond to the side chain of threonine at position 4, forming a macrocycle containing 9 of the 11 amino acid. The primary structure of amphisin is 3R-hydroxydecanoyl – D-Leu1- D-Asp2 – D-aThr3 – D-Leu4 – D-Leu5 – D-Ser6 – L-Leu7 – D-Gln8 – L-Leu9 – L-Ile10 – L-Asp11.

Chemical structure of amphisin
Schematic sequence of orfamide B, where shapes indicate amino acid configuration (circles = L-AA, squares = D-AA) and colors indicate amino acid polarity (green = hydrophobic, red = polar)

Biological activity

Amphisin is able to inhibit growth of fungi (Pythium ultimum and Rhizoctonia solani) (Nielsen, 2002, Andersen, 2003). No information is available on its antagonistic activities against other microorganisms.

Physicochemical properties

Most of the CLPs produced by Pseudomonas species are able to reduce the surface tension of growth media to different extents. In this respect, amphisin reduces the surface tension of water from 75 mN.m-1 to ~27 mN.m-1 (Nielsen, 2002). Moreover, the CLiP has also been investigated in soil remediation e.g. for the. removal of PAKs. (Groboillot, 2011, Portet-Koltalo, 2013)

Three-dimensional structure

The three-dimensional structure of amphisin was determined by X-ray crystallography. Similar to other Pseudomonas CLiPs, amphisin features a left-handed α-helix ranging between D-Leu1 and D-Ser6. The helix is followed by a so-called loop, a rigid structure without defined secondary structure that allows to fold the C-terminal end back to the middle of the helix, where cyclization occurs. Consequently, part of the helix is exocyclic, while part of it is contained within the macrocycle. Furthermore, the conformation is such that there is a clear separation between the polar and hydrophobic residues. This leads to the presence of both a hydrophobic and hydrophilic side on the molecular surface, leading to an amphipathic molecule, in agreement with its function of a biosurfactant.

X-ray structure of amphisin showing the presence of an N-terminal helix ranging from D-Leu1 to D-Ser6, followed by a rigid structure element (“loop”) that brings the C-terminal carbonyl in position to form the ester bond with the side chain of D-alloThr3.


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