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Biotechnol Lett. 2003 Jan;25(2):143-7.

Arrest of cell cycle by inhibition of ribonucleotide reductase induces accumulation of NAD+ by Mn2+-supplemented growth of Corynebacterium ammoniagenes.

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Institut für Mikrobiologie, Universität Hannover, Schneiderberg 50, D-30167 Hannover, Germany.


Cell division of the wild type strain Corynebacterium (formerly Brevibacterium) ammoniagenes ATCC 6872 which requires 1 microM Mn2+ for balanced growth was inhibited by addition of 20 mM hydroxyurea (HU) or 10 mM p-methoxyphenol (MP) to a Mn2+-supplemented fermentation medium at an appropriate time. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed a restricted elongation characteristic of arrest of the cell cycle in coryneform bacteria. The cultures treated with HU or MP had, respectively, a fourfold or sixfold enhanced accumulation of NAD+ by a salvage biosynthetic pathway. An assay of nucleotide-permeable cells for ribonucleotide reductase activity using [3H-CDP] as substrate revealed a pre-early and complete decline of DNA precursor biosynthesis not found in the untreated control. Overproduction of NAD+ is an alternative to the conventional fermentation process using Mn2+ deficiency. A simple model is presented to discuss the metabolic regulation of the new process based on the presence of a manganese ribonucleotide reductase (Mn-RNR) in the producing strain.

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