Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 151, Issue 2, pp 101–104 | Cite as

Light-induced accumulation of lactate and succinate in Anabaena cylindrica

  • Masayuki Ohmori
  • Yasohachi Satoh
  • Katsuro Urata
Original Papers


In the cyanobacterium Anabaena cylindrica lactate accumulated in large amounts when the cells were exposed to light. The presence or absence of oxygen, or a change in CO2 concentration did not affect the lactate accumulation. The cellular succinate level also increased in the light when CO2 was supplied at the high concentration of 1%. 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethyl urea (DCMU), an inhibitor of photosynthetic electron flow, inhibited the increase in the concentration of lactate and succinate. Photosynthesis is a prerequisite for the increase of these organic acids. Thenoyltrifluoroacetone, an inhibitor of succinate dehydrogenase, inhibited the increase of succinate, suggesting that the succinate is formed via fumarate by the reverse of reactions of tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle. Upon addition of ammonium to the cell suspension in the light under high CO2 concentration, the increases in the concentrations of lactate and succinate were inhibited while those of glutamine, glutamate and aspartate were stimulated. Ammonium apparently changed the products of metabolism of pyruvate and oxaloacetate from lactate and succinate to amino acids.

Key words

Cyanobacteria Anabaena cylindrica Organic acid accumulation Ammonium effect 





3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethyl urea




perchloric acid


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masayuki Ohmori
    • 1
  • Yasohachi Satoh
    • 2
  • Katsuro Urata
    • 3
  1. 1.Ocean Research InstituteUniversity of TokyoTokyo 164Japan
  2. 2.Department of Biology, College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of TokyoTokyo 153Japan
  3. 3.Oyama National College of TechnologyOyama, Tochigi 323Japan

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