Isolation of Auxotrophs and Analysis of Regulation of Tryptophan Biosynthesis in Zymomonas mobilis
Archives of Microbiology
Tryptophan auxotrophs were isolated and used to analyze the regulation of tryptophan biosynthesis in Zymomonas mobilis. Twelve tryptophan auxotrophs were cassified as trp E, Bor A based on accumulation of, or growth on, indole and anthranilic acid. Trp B mutants were found to accumulate indole when grown on limiting, but not on excess tryptophan, suggesting that tryptophan plays a role in regulating its biosynthesis. Tryptophan synthase and indoleglycerol phosphate synthase specific activities were measured in the wild-type strain and two trp mutants grown in limiting or excess tryptophan. Neither activity was repressed by exogenous tryptophan.