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Regulation of beta-D-galactosidase synthesis in Candida pseudotropicalis.

By M Pedrique and F J Castillo


Regulation of lactose (beta-D-galactosidase) synthesis in the lactose-utilizing yeast Candida pseudotropicalis was studied. The enzyme was inducible by lactose and galactose. When grown on these sugars the enzyme level of the yeast was 20 times or higher than when grown on glycerol. The Km and optimal pH were similar for the lactase induced either by lactose or galactose. The hydrolysis of o-nitrophenyl-beta-D-galactopyranoside by the lactase was inhibited by galactose and several analogs and galactosides, but not by glucose. Lactose uptake activity observed in lactose-grown cells was very reduced in cells grown on glucose or galactose. Glucose repressed the induction of lactase, but not the metabolic system for galactose utilization. In continuous culture on lactose medium at dilution rates below 0.2 h-1 the specific lactase activity was higher than in batch cultures and decreased with increases in dilution rate. Lactase was induced by pulses of lactose and galactose in cells growing on glucose, but only at low dilution rates were the steady-state concentration of glucose was very low

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1982
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:241823
Provided by: PubMed Central
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