Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 17–28

Pleiotropic effects of purine auxotrophy inRhizobium meliloti on cell surface molecules

Authors

  • S. K. Swamynathan
    • Biotechnology CentreIndian Agricultural Research Institute
  • Aqbal Singh
    • Biotechnology CentreIndian Agricultural Research Institute
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02711577

Cite this article as:
Swamynathan, S.K. & Singh, A. J Biosci (1995) 20: 17. doi:10.1007/BF02711577

Abstract

Rhizobial purine auxotrophs have earlier been shown to be defective in symbiosis, though the exact reason for this failure is not clear. Using various dyes that specifically bind different cell surface molecules, we show that there are multiple changes in the cell surface molecules associated with different purine auxotrophs. Affected molecules in different purine auxotrophs that were tested include (i) acidic exopolysaccharides, (ii) cellulose fibrils, and (iii) beta (1–3) glucans. Our results show that the symbiotic deficiency of purine auxotrophs is likely to be a result of these associated changes on the cell surface

Keywords

Rhizobium meliloti Medicago saliva purine biosynthesis exopolysaccharides symbiosis

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1995