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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1990 May 16;168(3):1211-6.

Target of serine inhibition in Escherichia coli.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, Japan.


L-serine has long been known to inhibit growth of Escherichia coli cells cultured in minimal medium supplemented with glucose, lactate, or another carbohydrate as the sole source of carbon. However, the target of serine inhibition was not known. The growth inhibition was released by adding isoleucine, 2-ketobutyric acid, threonine or homoserine, but not by aspartate. Thus the inhibition site must be between aspartate and homoserine in the isoleucine biosynthetic pathway. We found that homoserine dehydrogenase I was strongly inhibited by serine. We isolated serine-resistant mutants, and found that in these mutants homoserine dehydrogenase I was resistant to serine. Thus, we conclude that the target of serine inhibition in Escherichia coli is homoserine dehydrogenase I.

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