Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 288–292 | Cite as

Metabolic control analysis of L-cysteine producing strain TS1138 of Pseudomonas sp.

  • Lihua HuaiEmail author
  • Ning Chen
  • Wenbo Yang
  • Gang Bai


A kinetic model describing the biosynthesis of L-cysteine by Pseudomonas sp. TS1138 has been developed. The two enzymes catalyzing this pathway, L-cysteine synthetase (CS) and L-cysteine desulfhydrase (CD), follow Michaelis-Menten kinetics with noncompetitive inhibition of CS by L-cysteine. From measurements of intermediates and end products that were made during L-cysteine enzymatic synthesis, metabolic control analysis of the pathway was carried out using the kinetic model. The elasticity coefficients and the flux control coefficients were calculated, and the analysis revealed a shift in the flux control from CS to CD during the reaction. The findings further implicate potential targets and strategies for increasing L-cysteine production; for example, the strain TS1138 could be manipulated by site-directed mutagenesis to reduce CD activity.

Key words

Pseudomonas sp. TS1138 L-cysteine kinetic model metabolic control analysis enzymatic synthesis 



L-cysteine desulfhydrase


L-cysteine synthetase


DL-2-amino-Δ2-thiazoline-4-car-boxylic acid


metabolic control analysis


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of BiotechnologyTianjin University of Science and TechnologyTianjinP. R. China
  2. 2.Tianjin University of CommerceTianjinP. R. China
  3. 3.College of Life ScienceNanKai UniversityTianjinP. R. China

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