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J Gen Microbiol. 1988 Aug;134(8):2149-54.

Utilization of histidine by Caulobacter crescentus.

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Department of Biology, University of South Carolina, Columbia 29208.


Caulobacter crescentus has an inducible pathway which is responsible for the degradation of histidine. Induction of this pathway occurs in the presence of both glucose and ammonia. Growth yield experiments indicate that only two of the three available nitrogens are used for growth suggesting that formamide may be produced as a waste product. However, formamide was not detected in the culture fluid and formate was formed instead. These results suggest that histidine may be degraded in a novel pathway which results in the production of 1 mol each of ammonia, glutamate and formate per mol of histidine. The third nitrogen from histidine appears to be sequestered in some kind of secondary metabolite.

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