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J Bacteriol. 1983 May;154(2):992-4.

Effects of aerobic and anaerobic shock on catabolite repression in cyclic AMP suppressor mutants of Escherichia coli.


Cultures of Escherichia coli K-12 grown on glucose or gluconate under aerobic conditions exhibited catabolite repression of beta-galactosidase synthesis. Depression occurred when these cultures were subjected to anaerobic shock. These states of repression and depression were found to be associated with low and high differential rates of cyclic AMP synthesis, respectively. This observation is consistent with the view that cyclic AMP plays a central role in the catabolite repression phenomenon. We report here, however, that identical stages of repression and derepression occur in mutant strains possessing cya crp(Csm) genotypes and therefore unable to synthesize cyclic AMP. These results suggest that cyclic AMP is not the sole regulator involved in catabolite repression.

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