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Sulfate assimilation in Rhodopseudomonas globiformis


Rhodopseudomonas globiformis is able to grow on sulfate as sole source of sulfur, but only at concentrations below 1 mM. Good growth was observed with thiosulfate, cysteine or methionine as sulfur sources. Tetrathionate supported slow growth. Sulfide and sulfite were growth inhibitory. Growth inhibition by higher sulfate concentrations was overcome by the addition of O-acetylserine, which is known as derepressor of sulfate-assimilating enzymes, and by reduced glutathione. All enzymes of the sulfate assimilation pathway. ATP-sulfurylase, adenylylphosphate-sulfotransferase, thiosulfonate reductase and O-acetylserine sulfhydrylase are present in R. globiformis. Sulfate was taken up by the cells and the sulfur incorporated into the amino acids cysteine, methionine and homocysteine. It is concluded, that the failure of R. globiformis to grow on higher concentrations of sulfate is caused by disregulation of the sulfate assimilation pathway. Some preliminary evidence for this view is given in comparing the activities of some of the involved enzymes after growth on different sulfur sources and by examining the effect of O-acetylserine on these activities.

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adenosine 5′-phosphosulfate, adenylyl sulfate


3′-phosphoadenosine 5′-phosphosulfate, 3′-phosphoadenylylsulfate


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Imhoff, J.F., Then, J., Hashwa, F. et al. Sulfate assimilation in Rhodopseudomonas globiformis . Arch. Microbiol. 130, 234–237 (1981).

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  • Rhodospirillaceae
  • Rhodopseudomonas globiformis
  • Sulfate assimilation