Aspartokinase isoenzymes of the fruiting myxobacterium Myxococcus xanthus

Yossef Shabtai*, Eugene Rosenberg, Shmuel H. Kindler

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Two isoenzymes of aspartokinase can be found in extracts of the differentiating bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Aspartokinase I is repressed by L-lysine and feedback is inhibited by meso-diaminopimelate and by low concentrations of l-lysine. However, the inhibition by l-lysine is no longer observed at high concentration of this amino acid. Aspartokinase II is repressed and feedback inhibited specifically by l-threonine. Both enzymes are stimulated significantly by L-methionine and l-isoleucine; the effect is greater with aspartokinase I. The role of these enzymes in relation to growth conditions of the organism is discussed and a correlation with life cycle activity is indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-354
Number of pages10
JournalBBA - Enzymology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 22 Oct 1975


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