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J Microbiol Methods. 2003 Jul;54(1):131-5.

A rapid and specific method to screen environmental microorganisms for cephalosporin acylase activity.

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  • 1Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 300 Fenglin Road, Shanghai 200032, PR China.


Medically useful semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotics are made from precursor 7-aminocephalosporanic acid (7-ACA). Cephalosporin acylase (CA), which catalyzes hydrolysis of both glutaryl-7-aminocephalosporanic acid (GL-7ACA) and cephalosporin C (CPC) to 7-ACA, is thus a very important enzyme for producing semisynthetic beta-lactam antibiotics. To facilitate the attempts of obtaining the microorganisms with higher CA activity from natural environments, a new and specific method for screening environmental microorganisms with cephalosporin acylase activity was developed. The core part of cephalosporin was replaced by 6-amino penicillinic acid (6-APA) to generate new substrates glutaryl-6-APA and adipoyl-6-APA for screening. Serratia marcescens that is sensitive to 6-APA and resistant to penicillin G, glutaryl-6-APA and adipoyl-6-APA was used as an indicator strain in an overlaid-agar screening system. A strain capable of producing cephalosporin acylase was selected from thousands of candidates by this method. Because of its specificity, simplicity and sensitivity, the method could be easily installed into a high-throughout system.

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