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J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. 2005 Dec;32(11-12):675-7. Epub 2005 Jun 4.

The Pseudomonas aeruginosa RhlA enzyme is involved in rhamnolipid and polyhydroxyalkanoate production.

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Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Apartado Postal 70228, México, 045510 DF, Mexico. gloria@biomedicas.unam.mx

Abstract

Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces the biosurfactant rhamnolipid, which has several potential biotechnological applications. The synthesis of this surfactant is catalyzed by rhamnosyltransferase 1, composed of the proteins RhlA and RhlB. Here we report that RhlA plays a role not only in surfactant synthesis, but also in the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates, polymers that can be used for the synthesis of biodegradable plastics.

PMID:
15937697
DOI:
10.1007/s10295-005-0243-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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