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Metabolism of glycerol by an Arthrobacter species

Shethna, YI and Bhat, JV (1962) Metabolism of glycerol by an Arthrobacter species. In: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 28 (1). pp. 289-301.

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An Arthrobacter species (tentatively identified as A. citreus), isolated by the enrichment culture method with glycerol as the sole source of carbon, was studied with a view to elucidate its pathway of glycerol breakdown. Evidence has been obtained against the functioning of the phosphorylative pathway by the study of (1) oxygen uptake with phosphorylated intermediates, (2) uptake of inorganic phosphorus by intact resting cells, (3) action of inhibitors like sodium fluoride, sodium azide, sodium arsenite, sodium iodoacetate, and parachloromercurybenzoate on oxygen uptake with resting cell suspensions and cell-free extracts in some cases. Evidence presented for the functioning of a non-phosphorylative pathway includes studies on the oxidation of glycerol, D-glyceraldehyde, glycerate, glycolic aldehyde, glycolic acid, glyoxylic acid, and formic acid to carbon dioxide and water. Further, the possibility of glyoxylate metabolism through the tricarboxylic acid cycle by its formation of malate was shown. The significance of the above pathway is that it has pointed to an alternative route of carbohydrate metabolism and entry into the tricaboxylic acid cycle without the intervention of pyruvate or the condensing enzyme.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 08:03
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2018 09:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/28374

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