Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 182, Issue 2–3, pp 254–258

Sulfoacetate generated by Rhodopseudomonas palustris from taurine

  • Karin Denger
  • Sonja Weinitschke
  • Klaus Hollemeyer
  • Alasdair M. Cook
Short Communication


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.


Sulfoacetate formation Taurine deamination Taurine dehydrogenase Sulfoacetaldehyde dehydrogenase Rhodopseudomonas palustris 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Denger
    • 1
  • Sonja Weinitschke
    • 1
  • Klaus Hollemeyer
    • 2
  • Alasdair M. Cook
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie der Universität KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Technische BiochemieUniversität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany

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