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Record number 110258
Title Intracellular PHB conversion in a type II methanotroph studied by 13 C NMR
Author(s) Vecherskaya, M.; Dijkema, C.; Stams, A.J.M.
Source Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology 26 (2001). - ISSN 1367-5435 - p. 15 - 21.
Department(s) Microbiology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2001
Abstract Poly-g-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) formation under aerobic conditions via incorporation of [13C-2]acetate as a cosubstrate and its intracellular degradation under anaerobic conditions in a Type II methanotroph was studied by 13C NMR. During PHB synthesis in the presence of labelled acetate, low levels of g-hydroxybutyrate, butyrate, acetone, isopropanol, 2,3-butanediol and succinate were observed. Subsequent anaerobic PHB breakdown showed enhanced levels of these products at the expense of PHB. Fermentative metabolism occurring during anaerobic PHB degradation was confirmed in experiments with fully 13C-enriched cells, which were grown on 13C-labelled methane. g-hydroxybutyrate, butyrate, acetate, acetone, isopropanol, 2,3-butanediol and succinate were detected as multiple 13C-labelled compounds in the culture medium. Our results suggest that intracellular PHB degradation can be used as a reserve energy source by methanotrophs under anoxic conditions.
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