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Uptake and utilization of ectoine by halotolerant Brevibacterium sp. JCM 6894 subjected to osmotic downshock.
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PMID:  16233331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The concentration changes of the cyclic amino acid ectoine (1,4,5,6-tetrahydro-2-methyl-4-pyridine carboxylic acid) in Brevibacterium sp. JCM 6894 cells subjected to an osmotic downshock were investigated. When the cells grown in the presence of 2 M NaCl were suspended in deionized water, they immediately released about 60% of the ectoine synthesized intracellularly. During the subsequent incubation, we observed that both the extra- and intracellular concentrations of ectoine were reduced almost linearly with the incubation time. When ectoine was provided externally to the downshocked cells, a similar reduction in both intra- and extracellular ectoine concentrations was recognized. In addition, we observed an increase in ectoine accumulation at about 10 h of incubation, which indicates that ectoine was taken up by such downshocked cells in the absence of external Na+. Furthermore, the downshocked cells showed higher levels of survival, respiration, and growth in the presence of ectoine than in its absence. The ability to take ectoine up was induced in the cells grown in the presence of >0.25 M NaCl for >12 h. Thus, we conclude that even under the lower osmotic condition ectoine might be taken up and subsequently utilized by strain JCM 6894 subjected to the osmotic downshock, indicating that the uptake of ectoine by such cells occurred for the survival and growth of the cell itself rather than for cellular osmoregulation.
Yao Bing Wang; Tomohiko Ikeuchi; Yi Jin; Shinichi Nagata
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of bioscience and bioengineering     Volume:  94     ISSN:  1389-1723     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Biosci. Bioeng.     Publication Date:  2002  
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Created Date:  2005-10-19     Completed Date:  2005-11-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888800     Medline TA:  J Biosci Bioeng     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  440-6     Citation Subset:  -    
Research Institute for Marine Cargo Transportation, Kobe University of Mercantile Marine, 5-1-1 Fukae, Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0022, Japan.
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