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FEMS microbiology letters

The LIV-I/LS system as a determinant of azaserine sensitivity of Escherichia coli K-12.


PMID 15268940

Abstract

The growth of Escherichia coli is inhibited by an antibiotic compound, azaserine (O-diazoacetyl-L-serine). Previous studies revealed the biochemical properties of azaserine, which involves inhibition of various enzymatic reactions as well as introduction of DNA breakage. However, genetically, nothing has been elucidated except that all the azaserine-resistant strains isolated so far carry lesions in the aroP gene as a primary determinant. Here, we demonstrate that, in addition to AroP, the LIV-I/LS system, an ATP-binding cassette type transporter, is involved in azaserine sensitivity of E. coli, by genetic analysis and transport studies, in which Ki value for azaserine was determined to be approximately 10(-3) M.