Jan 1, 1976

Microbial metabolism of ethylene

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
J A De Bont, R A Albers


The ethylene-oxidizing strain E20 was grown on different carbon sources to obtain information on the metabolism of ethylene from simultaneous adaptation studies and from measurements of specific activities of enzymes in cell-free extracts. From the simultaneous adaptation studies it was concluded that ethylene oxide is a product of ethylene catabolism. The bacterium was also able to grow on the epoxide. From a comparison of the specific activities of isocitrate lyase and malate synthetase in different extracts it was concluded that the glyoxylate cycle was involved in the metabolism of ethylene, indicating that acetyl-CoA is a metabolite of ethylene catabolism. The sequence of reactions leading from ethylene oxide to acetyl-CoA could not be established from the simultaneous adaptation experiments and the enzyme activities in extracts.

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Metabolic Process, Cellular
Ethylene Oxide
Enzymes, antithrombotic
Acetyl Coenzyme A
Ethylene Catabolic Process
Aldehyde Oxidoreductases
Metabolic Pathway
Enzymes for Treatment of Wounds and Ulcers

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