NCIB 11883 was grown in ammonia-limited continuous culture at low dilution rate with glucose as the carbon source. Under these conditions the organism produced an extracellular succinoglucan polysaccharide and transported glucose using the same periplasmic glucose-binding proteins (GBP1 and GBP2) as during glucose-limited growth. Transition from glucose- to ammonia-limited growth was accompanied by a very rapid decrease in glucose uptake capacity, whereas the glucose-binding proteins were diluted out much more slowly ( approximately 1 h and 14 h respectively). Although the rate of glucose uptake and the concentrations of GBP1 and GBP2 were much lower during ammonia limitation, the activities of enzymes involved in the early stages of glucose metabolism and in the production of succinoglucan precursors were essentially unchanged. Glucose transport was also investigated in two new strains of which had been isolated following prolonged growth under glucose limitation. Glucose uptake by strain AR18 was significantly less repressed during ammonia limitation compared with either the original parent strain or strain AR9, and this was reflected both in its relatively high concentration of GBP1 and in its significantly higher rate of succinoglucan synthesis. Flux control analysis using 6-chloro-6-deoxy--glucose as an inhibitor of glucose transport showed that the latter was a major kinetic control point for succinoglucan production. It is concluded that glucose uptake by , particularly via the GBP1-dependent system, is only moderately repressed during ammonia-limited growth and that the organism avoids the potentially deleterious effects of accumulating excess glucose by converting the surplus into succinoglucan.


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