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Antibiotiki. 1975 Apr;20(4):333-9.

[Characteristics of the oxidative metabolism in strains with varying levels of fucidin biosynthesis].

[Article in Russian]


Oxidative capacity of the fusidin-producing strains with various biosynthetic activity was studied comparatively. The studies showed that by their capacity to oxidize pyruvate and some metabolites of the tricarboxylic acid cycle (acetate, succinate, malate) the strains were arranged in the order reverse to their antibiotic activity. Such regularity was observed during the whole fermentation process and was most pronounced by the 3rd and 4th days (beginning of the idiophase). The rate of glucose oxidation was higher in more active strains. The same regularity was noted in the 2nd phase of the strain development associated with beginning of fusidin biosynthesis. In the 1st phase (the 1st and 2nd days) the strains almost did not differ by their capacity to oxidize glucose. By oxidation of phosphorylated ethers of carbohydrates (glucose-6-phosphate and fructoso-6-phosphate) the strains did not differ. Various fusidin-producing strains oxidized NAD-N and NADP-N approximately with the same rate. It is supposed that mutations leading to increased antibiotic production are associated with changes in acetate metabolism in the direction of more intensive biosynthesis of isoprenoid compounds, potential precursors of the fusidin molecule.

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