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Growth experiments with Escherichia coli have shown that this organism is able to use allantoin as a sole nitrogen source but not as a sole carbon source. Nitrogen assimilation from this compound was possible only under anaerobic conditions, in which all the enzyme activities involved in allantoin metabolism were detected. Of the nine genes encoding(More)
Beneficial effects of cytidine (5') diphosphocholine (CDP-choline) administration on several diseases including brain aging, ischemia and stroke are based on an increase in membrane phospholipid turnover. We have studied the possible involvement of CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase (CT) in this mechanism by measuring its gene expression and enzyme(More)
The sequencing of the EcoRI-HindIII fragment complementing mutations in the structural genes of the L-rhamnose regulon of Escherichia coli has permitted identification of the open reading frames corresponding to rhaB, rhaA, and rhaD. The deduced amino acid sequences gave a 425-amino-acid polypeptide corresponding to rhamnulose kinase for rhaB, a(More)
Escherichia coli cannot grow on L-lyxose, a pentose analog of the 6-deoxyhexose L-rhamnose, which supports the growth of this and other enteric bacteria. L-Rhamnose is metabolized in E. coli by a system that consists of a rhamnose permease, rhamnose isomerase, rhamnulose kinase, and rhamnulose-1-phosphate aldolase, which yields the degradation products(More)
The gene ald, encoding aldehyde dehydrogenase, has been cloned from a genomic library of Escherichia coli K-12 constructed with plasmid pBR322 by complementing an aldehyde dehydrogenase-deficient mutant. The ald region was sequenced, and a single open reading frame of 479 codons specifying the subunit of the aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme complex was(More)
Lactaldehyde dehydrogenase (E.C. 1.2.1.22) of Escherichia coli has been purified to homogeneity. It has four apparently equal subunits (molecular weight 55,000 each) and four NAD binding sites per molecule of native enzyme. The enzyme is inducible, only under aerobic conditions, by at least three different types of molecules, the sugars fucose and rhamnose,(More)
The locus glc (min 64.5), associated with the glycolate utilization trait in Escherichia coli, is known to contain glcB, encoding malate synthase G, and the gene(s) needed for glycolate oxidase activity. Subcloning, sequencing, insertion mutagenesis, and expression studies showed five additional genes: glcC and in the other direction glcD, glcE, glcF, and(More)
Biodegradation of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) of up to 13,000 to 14,000 molecular weight has been shown to be performed by a river water bacterial isolate (strain JA1001) identified as Pseudomonas stutzeri. A pure culture of strain JA1001 grew on PEG 1000 or PEG 10000 at 0.2% (wt/vol) as a sole source of carbon and energy with a doubling time of 135 or 150(More)
L-Lactaldehyde is a branching point in the metabolic pathway of L-fucose and L-rhamnose utilization. Under aerobic conditions, L-lactaldehyde is oxidized to L-lactate by the enzyme lactaldehyde dehydrogenase, while under anaerobic conditions, L-lactaldehyde is reduced to L-1,2-propanediol by the enzyme propanediol oxidoreductase. Aerobic growth on either of(More)
When grown anaerobically on L-rhamnose, Salmonella typhimurium excreted 1,2-propanediol as a fermentation product. Upon exhaustion of the methyl pentose, 1,2-propanediol was recaptured and further metabolized, provided the culture was kept under anaerobic conditions. n-Propanol and propionate were found in the medium as end products of this process at(More)