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Inhibition of Oxygen Utilization and Destruction of Ubiquinone by Ultraviolet Irradiation of Thiobacillus thiooxidans1

By Frank W. Adair

Abstract

Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation inhibited sulfur oxidation by cells of Thiobacillus thiooxidans. Sulfur-oxidizing activity decreased as the exposure time to UV light increased. A loss of the ability of cells of fix CO2 paralleled the loss of sulfur-oxidizing activity. UV light photoinactivated ubiquinone purified from T. thiooxidans. The same percentage of sulfur-oxidizing activity and ubiquinone was destroyed after 15 min of UV exposure. Both the photoinactivation of sulfur oxidation and ubiquinone followed first-order reaction kinetics. The specific rate constants for both photoinactivations were nearly equal. Cells completely inactivated by UV light contained no ubiquinone. Ubiquinone was found to be a component of the cell wall-membrane complex

Topics: Microbial Physiology and Metabolism
Year: 1968
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:251984
Provided by: PubMed Central
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