SUMMARY: NADP-dependent glutamate dehydrogenase (NADP-GDH) was purified to homogeneity from strain 8602 (PAC 1). The determined by Sephadex gel filtration was 280000; the subunit determined by SDS-PAGE was 45000. Mutant strains lacking NADP-GDH and glutamate synthase (Gdh-Glt-) required glutamate for growth. Transductants that lacked only NADP-GDH were indistinguishable from the wild-type strain in growth properties. It was concluded that NADP-GDH is not essential for growth of the wild-type organism and that glutamate formation via NAD-dependent glutamate dehydrogenase does not occur to a significant extent. A mutant strain, 39, producing high NADP-GDH activity, synthesized normal NADP-GDH and had the same intracellular glutamate concentrations as its parent. The mutation responsible for the synthesis of high levels of NADP-GDH was shown, by transduction, to be closely linked to the NADP-GDH structural gene ().


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