, Volume 182, Issue 2-3, pp 254-258
Date: 31 Aug 2004

Sulfoacetate generated by Rhodopseudomonas palustris from taurine

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Abstract

Genes thought to encode (a) the regulator of taurine catabolism under carbon-limiting or nitrogen-limiting conditions and (b) taurine dehydrogenase were found in the genome of Rhodopseudomonas palustris. The organism utilized taurine quantitatively as a sole source of nitrogen (but not of carbon) for aerobic and photoheterotrophic growth. No sulfate was released, and the C-sulfonate bond was recovered stoichiometrically as sulfoacetate, which was identified by mass spectrometry. An inducible sulfoacetaldehyde dehydrogenase was detected. R. palustris thus contains a pathway to generate a natural product that was previously believed to be formed solely from sulfoquinovose.

The senior author (AMC) would like to express his thanks for the rewarding experience of doing postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. H.-G. Schlegel.