Transgalactosylation activity of ebg beta-galactosidase synthesizes allolactose from lactose.


ebg enzyme, the second beta-galactosidase of Escherichia coli, does not normally convert lactose into an inducer of the lac operon. We previously reported the existence of a mutant ebg enzyme that does make such an inducer in vivo (Rolseth et al., J. Bacteriol. 142:1036-1039, 1980). Here I report that the mutant enzyme makes inducer from lactose in vitro… (More)

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