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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effect of some D-amino acids on the steady-state level of glutamine synthetase in Escherichia coli.

D-Glutamate can elicit an increase in the specific activity of glutamine synthetase (GS) when added to cells growing in the presence of high ammonia nitrogen. This effect is independent of glutamate dehydrogenase or glutamate synthase activities and could not be provoked by the addition of the various metabolites which participate in the regulation of GS in the covalent modification system. Neither could an increase in GS level be elicited by addition of any of the D-amino acids which function as allosteric effectors or inhibitors of GS activity. The increase in GS level could also be provoked by addition of D-lysine, D-threonine, or glycine to cells growing in an ammonia-rich medium. The increase in GS level generated by a mixture of D-glutamate, D-lysine, D-threonine, and glycine approximates the increase in GS level observed during step-down of a wild-type Escherichia coli culture from ammonia-sufficient to ammonia-limited growth conditions. Studies with mutants exhibiting alterations in GS regulation indicated that the increase elicited by the addition of D-amino acids depends on the presence of the wild-type glnD allele, although no direct correlation between a positive response and the state of adenylylation of GS can be made.[1]


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