δ-L(α-Aminoadipoyl)-L-cysteinyl-D-valine (ACV) synthetase catalyses the formation of the common precursor tripeptide of both the penicillin and cephalosporin antibiotics from the l-enantiomers of its constituent amino acids. Replacement of cysteine with l-O-methylserine in preparative-scale incubations led to the isolation of both t.-O-methylserinyl-L-valine and l-O-methylserinyl-D-valine dipeptides. The dipeptides were characterized with the aid of authentic synthetic standards by both 1H NMR and electrospray ionization MS. A revised mechanism for ACV biosynthesis involving formation of the cysteinyl-valine peptide bond before the epimerisation of valine and subsequent condensation with the δ-carboxyl of L-α-aminoadipate is therefore proposed. © 1995.
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