Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 13, Issue 1–2, pp 125–143 | Cite as

Carbamyl phosphate synthesis in Bacillus subtilis

  • Barry Potvin
  • Harry Gooder


In vitro and “in situ” assays have been developed to test the carbamyl phosphate synthetase (CPSase) activity of a series of pyrimidine-requiring mutants of Bacillus subtilis. The enzyme has been shown to be highly unstable, and was successfully extracted only in the presence of 10% glycerol and 1mM dithiothreitol (Cleland's reagent). It loses activity rapidly when sonicated or when treated with lysozyme. Genetic studies, using mutants, indicate that B. subtilis may possess two CPSases. This possibility and its physiological consequences were probed enzymatically. CPSase activity has been shown to undergo inhibition by both uridine triphosphate and dihydroorotate; activation has been demonstrated in response to phosphoribosyl pyrophosphate (PRPP) and (to a lesser extent) ornithine.

Key words

Bacillus subtilis carbamyl phosphate pyrimidine regulation cotransformation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Potvin
    • 1
  • Harry Gooder
    • 1
  1. 1.Curriculum in Genetics and Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, School of MedicineUniversity of North CarolinaChapel Hill

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