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Catabolic pathways for glucose, glycerol and 6-phosphogluconate in Mycobacterium leprae grown in armadillo tissues


, : Catabolic pathways for glucose, glycerol and 6-phosphogluconate in Mycobacterium leprae grown in armadillo tissues. Journal of General Microbiology 129(5): 1481-1495

With radioisotopes, it was shown that suspensions of Mycobacterium leprae oxidized glycerol, 6-phosphogluconate, glucose, glucose 6-phosphate, and, at a low rate, gluconate, to CO2. The incubation period in these experiments was usually 20 h, but after 140 h up to five times more glucose and gluconate had been converted to CO2. Studies with differentially labelled glucose indicated that glycolysis and the hexose monophosphate pathway were used for glucose dissimilation. Key enzymes of glycolysis, the hexose monophosphate pathway and glycerol catabolism were detected in cell-free extracts from purified M. Leprae, but phosphoketolase, Entner-Doudoroff pathway activity and gluconate kinase were absent. All these enzymes were present also in host-tissue, but biochemical evidence is presented which indicates that all enzymes detected in extracts from M. leprae were authentic bacterial enzymes. Additionally, they could all be detected in extracts of M. leprae prepared by treatment with NaOH in which host enzymes adsorbed to M. leprae are inactivated.

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PMID: 6352857

DOI: 10.1099/00221287-129-5-1481


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