SUMMARY: Keto acids and free amino acids were assayed in the cells and the medium of B growing in the presence of chloramphenicol, cycloserines, aminooxyacetate, and limiting nitrogen source.

Under these growth-limiting conditions the cells accumulated ketoglutarate and ‘ketovaline’ but no other keto acids. In all experiments only ketoglutarate, pyruvate, and ‘ketovaline’ were found in the medium. Amino acids are released into the medium in the early phases of growth and the composition of the extracellular amino acids is similar to that of the amino acid pool. The concentrations of free amino acids were 10-10 times higher in the cell than in the medium. The internal pool composition is fixed under all growth-limiting conditions. In the presence of the drugs the cells release amino acids into the medium.


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