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J Gen Microbiol. 1987 Jun;133(6):1521-6.

Glycollate inhibition of growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on lactate medium.

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Department of Biochemistry, King's College London, UK.


Glycollate inhibited growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in media containing either pyruvate or lactate as carbon sources. Glycollamide, but not glyoxylate, showed similar effects. Spontaneous mutants (L/G strains) were isolated that were able to grow on lactate medium in the presence of glycollate: their growth in pyruvate medium was still inhibited by glycollate. Synthesis of membrane-bound NAD+-independent D(-)- and L(+)-lactate dehydrogenase (iLDHs) was inducible by D- or L-lactate in the parent strain but was constitutive in the L/G strains. Glycollate inhibited induction of the synthesis of iLDHs in the parent strain growing in succinate medium but had no effect under the same conditions on strain L/G1. Glycollate was a competitive inhibitor of L(+)-iLDH (Ki = 11 mM). No differences were found in the kinetic properties of L(+)-iLDH in cell-free extracts from strain L/G1 and the parent organism. Glycollate appears to inhibit growth on lactate medium predominantly through prevention of lactate induction of iLDH synthesis.

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