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Purification and structural determination of an inhibitor of starfish oocyte maturation from a Bacillus species.

Inhibitors of bacterial origins of starfish oocyte maturation were sought to obtain biologically active substances which act on either hormonal signal transduction or cell cycle regulation. An oocyte maturation-inhibiting substance found in culture fluid of a Bacillus species was purified to homogeneity. This substance possessed the nature of a detergent and specifically inhibited 1-methyladenine-induced oocyte maturation (50% inhibitory concentration, 3.3 microM) but not dithiothreitol-induced maturation. Its total structure was established to be the lactone of 3-hydroxy-13-methyltetradecanoyl-Glu-Leu-Leu-Val-Asp-Leu -Leu through COOH of the carboxy-terminal Leu. This structure is identical to surfactin, although although the configuration of the substance's amino acid residues has not yet been determined. Surfactin was shown to be identical with this substance in its inhibitory effect on starfish oocyte maturation as well as its chromatographic and electrophoretic properties. Therefore, it was concluded that the oocyte maturation-inhibiting substance produced by a Bacillus species is surfactin.[1]

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  1. Purification and structural determination of an inhibitor of starfish oocyte maturation from a Bacillus species. Toraya, T., Maoka, T., Tsuji, H., Kobayashi, M. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (1995) [Pubmed]
 
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