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Abstract

In homocysteine (Hcy) is metabolically converted to the thioester Hcy-thiolactone in ATP-consuming reactions catalysed by methionyl-, isoleucyl- and leucyl-tRNA synthetases. Here we show that growth inhibition caused by supplementation of cultures with Hcy is accompanied by greatly increased accumulation of Hcy-thiolactone. Energy dissipation for Hcy editing increases 100-fold in the presence of exogenous Hcy and reaches one mole of ATP unproductively dissipated for Hcy-thiolactone synthesis per each mole of ATP that is consumed for methionine activation. Inhibiting Hcy-thiolactone synthesis with isoleucine, leucine or methionine accelerates bacterial growth in Hcy-supplemented cultures. Growth rates in Hcy-inhibited cultures are inversely related to the accumulation of Hcy-thiolactone. We also show that the levels of protein -linked Hcy modestly increase in cells in Hcy-supplemented cultures. The results suggest that Hcy editing restrains bacterial growth.

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