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Microbios. 1987;51(206):7-13.

Mucoid strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa are devoid of mannuronan C-5 epimerase.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pennsylvania 15261.

Abstract

Mucoid strains of Azotobacter vinelandii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas syringae var glycinia synthesize alginate, an extracellular copolymer comprising D-mannuronosyl and L-guluronosyl moieties. Extracellular mannuronan C-5 epimerase, which converts polymannuronate to alginate, was demonstrated in supernatant fluid from cultures of A. vinelandii. However, the enzyme could not be demonstrated, using the same assay, in supernatant fluids of cultures of mucoid strains of P. aeruginosa or of P. syringae var glycinia, or in cell-free sonic extracts of P. aeruginosa. The results suggest that the pathways of alginate biosynthesis in A. vinelandii and Pseudomonas species may differ.

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