, Volume 40, Issue 8, pp 899–900 | Cite as

Enzymes of arginine biosynthesis in methanogenic bacteria

  • L. Meile
  • Th. Leisinger
Short Communications


Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum, Methanococcus vannielii andMethanobrevibacter arboriphilus, the 3 methanogenic bacteria tested, possessed an ornithine acetyltransferase and an arginine-sensitiveN-acetylglutamate 5-phopshtransferase. These 2 enzymes, as well as acetylornithinase and ornithine carbamoyltransferase, were insensitive to oxygen and were present at activity levels comparable to the levels observed in eubacteria.


Oxygen Enzyme Arginine Ornithine Methanogenic Bacterium 


  1. 3.
    Cunin, R., in: Amino acids: Biosynthesis and genetic regulation. Eds K.M. Herrmann and R.S. Somerville. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Reading, Mass. 1983.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Wipf, B., and Leisinger, Th., J. Bact.140 (1979) 874.Google Scholar
  3. 5.
    Udaka, S., J. Bact.91 (1966) 617.Google Scholar
  4. 6.
    Fox, G.E., Stackebrandt, E., Hespell, R.B., Gibson, J., Maniloff, J., Dyer, T.A., Wolfe, R.S., Balch, W.E., Tanner, R.S., Magrum, L.J., Zablen, L.B., Blakemore, R., Gupta, R., Bouen, L., Lewis, B.J., Stahl, D.A., Luehrsen, K.R., Chen, K.N., and Woese, C.R., Science209 (1980) 457.Google Scholar
  5. 7.
    Meile, L., Kiener, A., and Leisinger, Th., Molec. gen. Genet.191 (1983) 480.Google Scholar
  6. 8.
    Kiener, A., and Leisinger, Th., Syst. appl. Microbiol.4 (1983) 305.Google Scholar
  7. 9.
    Voellmy, R., and Leisinger, Th., J. gen. Microbiol.109 (1978) 25.Google Scholar
  8. 10.
    Haas, D., Holloway, B.W., Schamböck, A., and Leisinger, Th., Molec. gen. Genet.154 (1977) 7.Google Scholar
  9. 11.
    Jones, J.B., and Stadtman, T.C., J. biol. Chem.255 (1980) 1049.Google Scholar
  10. 12.
    Haas, D., Evans, R., Mercenier, A., Simon, J.P., and Stalon, V., J. Bact.139 (1979) 713.Google Scholar
  11. 13.
    Balch, W.E., Fox, G.E., Magrum, L.J., Woese, C.R., and Wolfe, R.S., Microbiol. Rev.43 (1979) 260.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Meile
    • 1
  • Th. Leisinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Mikrobiologisches Institut ETHETH-Zentrum(Switzerland)

Personalised recommendations