The mode of action of bacilysin and anticapsin and biochemical properties of bacilysin-resistant mutants.


Bacilysin is hydrolysed to L-alanine and anticapsin by suspensions of a bacilysin-sensitive strain of Staphylococcus aureus but not by those of a resistant strain derived from it. In contrast, it is hydrolysed by extracts of both strains. Anticapsin is a powerful inhibitor of glucosamine synthetase in extracts of both the bacilysin-sensitive and -resistant… (More)