Lipoteichoic acid from Streptococcus sanguis is a natural glucosyl acceptor for glucosyltransferases.

Abstract

The synthesis of methanol insoluble-[14C]labeled-polymers from [14C]sucrose by S. mutans glucosyltransferases was stimulated up to four-fold by the presence of highly purified, lipoteichoic acid (LTA) from S. sanguis. Gel filtration chromatography (Sepharose 4B) and ion exchange chromatography (DEAE-Bio-Gel A) of the [14C]labeled-polymers formed in the presence of [3H]glycerol-labeled-LTA showed that high molecular weight, negatively charged [14C]labeled-[3H]glycerol-labeled-LTA complexes were being formed. The [14C]component was identified as glucose by acid hydrolysis and paper chromatography. A similar high molecular weight, negatively charged [14C]glucosyl-[3H]glycerol-labeled-polymer was extracted from S. mutans cells grown in the presence of [3H]glycerol and [14C]sucrose, suggesting that LTA is a glucosyl-acceptor for glucosyltransferases in vivo as well as in vitro.

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@article{Chiu1994LipoteichoicAF, title={Lipoteichoic acid from Streptococcus sanguis is a natural glucosyl acceptor for glucosyltransferases.}, author={Tsai Hsin Chiu and Jacob J. Baker}, journal={Biochemical and biophysical research communications}, year={1994}, volume={202 3}, pages={1407-12} }