• Meena Lakshman

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    • Excretion of lysine byMicrococcus glutamicus

      Meena Lakshman M R Raghavendra Rao

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      Analysis of intracellular and extracellular lysine concentration during lysine fermentation byMicrococcus glutamicus AEC RN-13-6/1 indicated that lysine excretion occurs against a concentration gradient towards the end of the fermentation period. The capacity to excrete lysine against a concentration gradient may be a factor contributing to the high yield of lysine.

    • Aspartokinase of a lysine producing mutant ofMicrococcus glutamicus

      Meena Lakshman B C Shenoy M R Raghavendra Rao

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      Aspartokinase fromMicrococcus glutamicus AEC RN-13-6/1 [a homoserine requiring, S-(2-aminoethyl)-L-cysteine resistant, lysine producing strain] was purified 71 fold. The partially purified enzyme was inhibited by L-lysine. L-threonine, L-methionine, L-isoleucine, L-valine and L-phenylalanine activated the enzyme and reversed the inhibition by L-lysine. Aspartokinase activity was not derepressed by growth-limiting concentrations of L-threonine and/or L-methionine. It was not repressed by an excess of L-lysine (20 mM) and/or L-isoleucine (15.3 mM). The degree of activation or inhibition by amino acids was dependant on the composition of the growth medium. This observation is in contrast with the enzyme from the original (non-lysine-producing) strain which was inhibited by lysine or threonine and in a concerted manner by threonine plus lysine.

    • Purification and properties of diaminopimelate decarboxylase ofMicrococcus glutamicus

      Meena Lakshman B C Shenoy M R Raghavendra Rao

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      Diaminopimelate decarboxylase (EC ofMicrococcus glutamicus ATCC 13059 was purified to homogeneity. The enzyme had an apparent molecular weight of 191,000 as determined by gel filtration on Sephadex G-200. At protein concentrations of 20 and 10 μg per ml and in the absence of pyridoxal-5′-phosphate, it dissociated into a species of molecular weight 94,000. The polypeptide chain molecular weight as determined by sodium dodecyl sulphate Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was 100,000. TheKm formeso diaminopimelate was 0.5 mM and that for pyridoxal-5′-phosphate was 0.6 μI. Sulphydryl groups and pyridoxal-5′-phosphate were essential for activity and stability. The enzyme was inhibited significantly by L-lysine and DL-aspartic β-semialdehyde.

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