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Heterotrophic uptake experiments with 14C-labeled histidine in a histidine-limited chemostat
Sepers, A.B.J.; van Es, F.B. (1979). Heterotrophic uptake experiments with 14C-labeled histidine in a histidine-limited chemostat. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 37(5): 794-799
In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology. American Society for Microbiology: Washington. ISSN 0099-2240, more
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  • Sepers, A.B.J.
  • van Es, F.B.

Abstract
    The histidine uptake by bacterial strain HIS 42 was determined with [U-14C]histidine and through oxygen uptake experiments on samples taken from a histidine-limited chemostat. The uptake of [U-14C]histidine was characterized by a saturation constant of 12.8 to 78.6 nM histidine. At higher growth rates, the measured maximum uptake rate of histidine was lower than the actual uptake rate in the culture. The percentage of respired substrate (76 to 93%) was about 30 to 40% higher than the comparable value for the culture. The uptake of histidine as analyzed through the measurement of oxygen uptake rates was characterized by a saturation constant of 1.7 to 10.5 μM histidine; the maximum uptake rate was always greater than the actual histidine uptake rate in the culture. By the application of the two cited methods, set up to determine the histidine uptake kinetics, two different uptake processes were analyzed. It appeared that the determination of the histidine uptake through measurement of the oxygen uptake rate showed a better reflection of the actual uptake process of histidine in the culture. With the available data it was impossible to assess a correlation between the uptake of histidine, as determined with [U-14C]histidine, and the actual metabolism of the bacterial population.

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