Title

Degradation of Pyrimidine Ribonucleosides by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-1996

Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

Pyrimidine ribonucleoside degradation in the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15692 was investigated. Either uracil, cytosine, 5-methylcytosine, thymine, uridine or cytidine supported P. aeruginosa growth as a nitrogen source when glucose served as the carbon source. Using thin-layer chromatographic analysis, the enzymes nucleoside hydrolase and cytosine deaninase were shown to be active in ATCC 15692. Compared to (NH4)2SO4-grown cells, nucleoside hydrolase activity in ATCC 15692 approximately doubled after growth on 5-methylcytosine as a nitrogen source while its cytosine deaminase activity increased several-fold after growth on the pyrimidine bases and ribonucleosides examined as nitrogen sources. Regulation at the level of protein synthesis by 5-methylcytosine was indicated for nucleoside hydrolase and cytosine deaminase in P. aeruginosa.

Publication Title

Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology

Volume

69

Issue

4

First Page

331

Last Page

335

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