The enzyme from the bacterium Streptomyces carzinostaticus is involved in the attachment of the 2-hydroxy-7-methoxy-5-methyl-1-naphthoate moiety of the antibiotic neocarzinostatin. In vitro the enzyme also catalyses the activation of other 1-naphthoic acid analogues, e.g. 2-hydroxy-5-methyl-1-naphthoate or 2,7-dihydroxy-5-methyl-1-naphthoate.
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