Nutritional studies with Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown on inorganic sulfur sources

L. B. Schook, R. S. Berk

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P. aeruginosa was grown on a succinate-basal salts medium supplemented with various inorganic sulfur compounds as it sole source of sulfur. The organism was able to grow on the sodium salts of sulfide, thiosulfate tetrathionate, dithionite, metabisulfite, sulfite, or sulfate, but not on those of dithionate. Analyses of the culture media after 24 h of growth indicated accumulation of sulfate from each inorganic sulfur source except sulfate. Manometric studies with resting cells obtained by growth on each of these sulfur sources yielded net oxygen uptake for all substrates except sulfite and dithionate. Similar results were obtained with extracts from these cells by spectrophotometric techniques. Thiosulfate oxidase activity appeared to be induced by growth on sulfide thiosulfate, or tetrathionate, with little or no activity observed when cells were grown on inorganic sulfur sources of higher oxidative states. Metabisulfate oxidase appeared to be associated with growth on all inorganic sulfur compounds. Rhodenase activity appeared to be constitutively present, and its activity, observed only in soluble fraction, seemed independent of the growth medium employed. Thiosulfate and tetrathionate oxidase activities were studied in greater detail than some of the other sulfur oxidases, and both were found to be distributed between particulate and soluble fractions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1377-1382
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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