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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 1976;42(1-2):49-57.

Purification and properties of two fructose-6-phosphate phosphoketolases in Bifidobacterium.


Fructose-6-phosphate phosphoketolase was purified from type strains of two species of the genus Bifidobacterium: B. globosum and B. dentium. The first species has a preferred "animal" habitat, like feces of animals and rumen of cattle; the latter is harboured in "human" habitat, like feces and dental caries of man. Two electrophoretic types of phosphoketolase (F6PPK) were previously distinguished and called "animal" and "human" type according to the habitat of the bifid organism. The purified preparations of these two phosphoketolases displayed very different optimum pH range, metal activator and molecular weight; outstanding difference was found in the substrate specificity: the enzyme from B. globosum was able to split xylulose-5-P as well as fructose-6-P, whereas the phosphoketolase from B. dentium appeared to be specific for fructose-6-P.

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