Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 233–240 | Cite as

Adenine nucleotide pool variations in intact Nitrobacter winogradskyi cells

  • Ulrich Eigener
Short Communications


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    The ATP pool in Nitrobacter winogradskyi cells was determined by means of the luciferin-luciferase enzyme system and the ADP and AMP pools were measured after enzymatic conversion into ATP.

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    In the fist 10 min after addition of nitrite to endogenously respiring cells, which had stood for 5–16 days after completion of the nitrite oxidation, the ATP pool dropped about 60%.

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    During the log phase the ATP pool was approx. 20–40 pmoles/5 μg cell-N. During growth it increased exponentially by 3–4 times the amount until the nitrite had been used up. Subsequently the ATP pool decreased at first rapidly and then more slowly without sinking to 0 in the first 2 months after nitrification.

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    Nitrite oxidizing cells had an energy charge of 0.37 during the log-phase. After approx. 90% of the substrate had been used up the energy charge had reached 0.57.

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    If the CO2 assimilation was inhibited in growing cultures by increased oxygen partial pressure, nitrite oxidation continued but the ATP pool increased.

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    The ATP pool and the activity of the endogenous respiration decreased by more than 50% during the first hours after the substrate had been used up.


Key words

Nitrobacter Adenine Nucleotides Endogenous Respiration Energy Charge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Eigener
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine Botanik der Universität HamburgHamburgGermany

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