In vitro synthesis of colominic acid by membrane-bound sialyltransferase of Escherichia coli K-235. Kinetic properties of this enzyme and inhibition by CMP and other cytidine nucleotides.

The membrane-bound sialyltransferase obtained from Escherichia coli K-235 grown in a chemically defined medium (ideal for colominic acid production) was studied. The in vivo half-life calculated for this enzyme was 20 h. Kinetic tests revealed (at 33 degrees C and pH 8.3) hyperbolic behaviour with respect to CMP-Neu5Ac (Km250 microM) and a transition… CONTINUE READING