The putrescine-biosynthesis pathway in Tetrahymena thermophila was delineated by studying crude extracts prepared from exponentially growing cultures. A pyridoxal phosphate-stimulated ornithine decarboxylase activity competitively inhibited by putrescine was detected. CO2 was also liberated from L-arginine, but analyses by t.l.c. and enzyme studies suggested that the activity was not due to arginine decarboxylase, nor could enzyme activities converting agmatine into putrescine be detected. We conclude that the decarboxylation of L-ornithine is probably the only major route for putrescine biosynthesis in this organism during exponential growth.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Sept 1984|
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