Promiscuity in the part-phosphorylative Entner-Doudoroff pathway of the archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus

Henry J Lamble, Alex Theodossis, Christine C Milburn, Garry L Taylor, Steven D Bull, David W Hough, Michael J Danson

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The hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus metabolises glucose and galactose by a promiscuous non-phosphorylative variant of the Entner-Doudoroff pathway, in which a series of enzymes have sufficient substrate promiscuity to permit the metabolism of both sugars. Recently, it has been proposed that the part-phosphorylative Entner-Doudoroff pathway occurs in parallel in S. solfataricus as an alternative route for glucose metabolism. In this report we demonstrate, by in vitro kinetic studies of D-2-keto-3-deoxygluconate (KDG) kinase and KDG aldolase, that the part-phosphorylative pathway in S. solfataricus is also promiscuous for the metabolism of both glucose and galactose.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6865 - 6869
Number of pages5
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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