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Sensitive, Rapid, and Specific Bioassay for the Determination of Antilipogenic Compounds

By S. Ulitzur and I. Goldberg


A sensitive and rapid bioassay for the determination of the antilipogenic compounds cerulenin and CM-55 is described. The bioassay is based on the inhibitory effect of cerulenin and CM-55 on the in vivo luminescence of an aldehyde-requiring mutant of the marine bacterium Beneckea harveyi. A total quantity as low as 0.1 μg of cerulenin can be determined within 15 min with an error of ±2%. The bioassay, as presented, is specific for compounds that are known to inhibit fatty acid biosynthesis and, as such, it might be used as a general screening method for the detection of antilipogenic compounds

Topics: Physiological Effects and Microbial Susceptibility
Year: 1977
DOI identifier: 10.1128/aac.12.3.308
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