Effect of oxidative stress on the biosynthesis of 2-C-methyl-d-erythritol-2,4-cyclopyrophosphate and isoprenoids by several bacterial strains

Research paper by D. Ostrovsky, G. Diomina, E. Lysak, E. Matveeva, O. Ogrel, S. Trutko

Indexed on: 01 Dec '98Published on: 01 Dec '98Published in: Archives of Microbiology


In this study, the gram-negative bacteria Xanthomonas campestris, Xanthomonas maltophilia, and Pseudomonas putida, facultative parasites of plants and animals, were shown to accumulate 2-C-methyl-d-erythritol-2,4-cyclopyrophosphate (MEC) in response to benzyl-viologen-induced oxidative stress. Corynebacterium ammoniagenes mutants capable of accumulating MEC in the absence of an exogenous oxidative stress inducer were obtained. Isoprenoid synthesis and MEC synthesis in these and other bacteria were shown to be alternative processes, while biosynthesis of brominated polyene xanthomonadin (an antioxidant pigment of X. campestris) increased concomitantly with the accumulation of MEC.