, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 17-28

Pleiotropic effects of purine auxotrophy inRhizobium meliloti on cell surface molecules

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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