Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 161–166 | Cite as

Metabolic products of microorganisms

155. Modes of action of rinamycin and derinamycin
  • K. Uchida
  • H. Zähner


Rinamycin interfered with DNA-polymerase I of Escherichia coli in cell-free systems more effectively than actinomycin C. Its inhibitory action could be relieved by increasing the concentration of polymerase. The rinamycin concentrations that caused effective inhibition of the RNA-polymerase reaction in vitro were approximately 10 times higher than those required to inhibit the DNA-polymerase reaction in vitro.

Derinamycin was as effective an inhibitor for the DNA-polymerase I reaction as actinomycin C, while having been stimulative for the RNA-polymerase reaction in cell-free systems of Escherichia coli. Its inhibitory action on DNA synthesis in vitro could be overcome by adding more DNA. In fact, spectral and antagonism studies suggested some sort of interaction between derinamycin and DNA.

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Rinamycin Derinamycin Inhibitors DNA synthesis in vitro 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Uchida
    • 1
  • H. Zähner
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie IInstitut für Biologie II der UniversitätTübingenGermany

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