Summary: Cell-free extracts prepared from spherical and rod-shaped cells of were assayed for enzymes during various periods of starvation. The level of NADH oxidase dropped to 20 and 30%, respectively, in spherical and rod-shaped cells during the first 1 to 2 days of starvation and then remained constant for 9 days. Catalase activity decreased continuously and reached a low level in 9 days. Enzymes involved in glucose metabolism and the tricarboxylic acid cycle were stable for the duration of the experiment (about 1 week). Succinic dehydrogenase, fumarase and aconitase were stable during 21 days of starvation, which is the longest time enzymes have been shown to be stable in any bacterium under conditions of total starvation.


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