Title

Luminous bacteria synthesize luciferase anaerobically

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1979

Abstract

Four species of luminous bacteria, Photobacterium phosphoreum, P. leiognathi, P. fischeri and Beneckea harveyi (two strains of each), were shown to synthesize luciferase anaerobically. One of these, P. phosphoreum, produced as much luciferase anaerobically as it did aerobically, and all four species were found to grow almost equally rapidly under the two sets of conditions. Previous work with B. harveyi and P. fischeri had shown that aerobic luciferase synthesis can proceed only after an inhibitor in the complex medium has been removed and a species-specific autoinducer secreted. All strains tested also removed the inhibitor and secreted an autoinducer anaerobically. The small amount of luciferase produced anaerobically by some strains is thus apparently not due either to lack of removal of inhibitor or to insufficient production of autoinducer but may involve an oxygen-dependent control mechanism. © 1979 Springer-Verlag.

Publication Name

Archives of Microbiology

Volume Number

121

First Page

277

Last Page

282

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1007/BF00425068

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