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FEBS Lett. 1997 Sep 29;415(2):125-8.

The bacterial pigment xanthomonadin offers protection against photodamage.

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Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India.


Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae is a bacterial pathogen that causes leaf blight, a serious disease of rice. Most members of the genus Xanthomonas produce yellow, membrane bound, brominated aryl polyene pigments called xanthomonadins whose functional role is unclear. We find that pigment-deficient mutants of X. oryzae pv. oryzae exhibit hypersensitivity to photobiological damage. A clone containing the xanthomonadin biosynthetic gene cluster alleviates the hypersensitivity of the pigment-deficient mutant. Extracts containing xanthomonadin provide protection against photodynamic lipid peroxidation in liposomes. These results lead us to suggest a role for the pigment, namely protection against photodamage.

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