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Pantethine Rescues Phosphopantothenoylcysteine Synthetase and Phosphopantothenoylcysteine Decarboxylase Deficiency in Escherichia coli but Not in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Balibar, Carl and Hollis-Symynkywicz, Micah and Tao, Jianshi (2011) Pantethine Rescues Phosphopantothenoylcysteine Synthetase and Phosphopantothenoylcysteine Decarboxylase Deficiency in Escherichia coli but Not in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of Bacteriology, 193 (13). pp. 3304-3312. ISSN 0021-9193

Abstract

Coenzyme A (CoA) plays a central and essential role in all living organisms. The pathway leading to CoA biosynthesis has been considered an attractive target for developing new antimicrobial agents with novel mechanisms of action. By using an arabinose-regulated expression system, the essentiality of the coaBC gene, which encodes a bifunctional protein catalyzing two consecutive steps in the CoA pathway converting 4’-phosphopantothenate to 4’-phosphopantetheine, was confirmed in Escherichia coli. Utilizing this regulated coaBC strain, it was further demonstrated that E. coli can effectively metabolize pantethine to bypass the requirement for coaBC. Interestingly, pantethine cannot be used by Pseudomonas aeruginosa to obviate the need for coaBC. Through reciprocal complementation studies in combination with biochemical characterization, it was demonstrated that the differential utilization of pantethine in these two microorganisms is due to the different substrate specificities associated with endogenous pantothenate kinase, the first enzyme in the CoA biosynthetic pathway encoded by coaA in E. coli and coaX in P. aeruginosa.

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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 13:15
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 13:15
URI: https://oak.novartis.com/id/eprint/4548

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