Biosynthesis and composition of bacterial poly(hydroxyalkanoates).

  title={Biosynthesis and composition of bacterial poly(hydroxyalkanoates).},
  author={Alistair J. Anderson and G W Haywood and Edwin A. Dawes},
  journal={International journal of biological macromolecules},
  volume={12 2},
It is well established that Alcaligenes eutrophus can accumulate a copolymer containing 3-hydroxybutyrate and 3-hydroxyvalerate, but longer 3-hydroxyacid monomers have not been reported to occur in this organism. The properties of the enzymes of poly(hydroxyalkanoate) (PHA) biosynthesis are discussed and it is proposed that the substrate specificity of the polymerizing enzyme restricts the range of monomer units incorporated into PHA. Various other bacteria produce similar copolymers from… CONTINUE READING
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