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THE BIOSYNTHESIS OF GRAMICIDIN S IN A CELL-FREE SYSTEM.

Authors
  • BERG, T L
  • FROHOLM, L O
  • LALAND, S G
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Biochemical journal
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1965
Volume
96
Pages
43–52
Identifiers
PMID: 14343149
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

1. A cell-free system prepared from Bacillus brevis cells, harvested in the late phase of growth and consisting of the 11000g supernatant, has been shown to incorporate into gramicidin S the five constituent amino acids added in labelled form. The results are consistent with complete synthesis and not merely a completion of pre-existing intermediate peptides. 2. The incorporation of (14)C-labelled amino acids by the 11000g supernatant into gramicidin S requires an energy source. Omission of phosphoenolpyruvate and pyruvate kinase from the incubation mixture prevents incorporation into gramicidin S. The cell-free system incorporates [(14)C]-leucine, -proline and -phenylalanine over a period of 4hr. With [(14)C]leucine, incorporation into gramicidin S takes place in the range pH6-9 with maximum incorporation at pH7.0. High concentrations of chloramphenicol or puromycin decreased the incorporation into gramicidin S by only about 20%. 3. The 50000g supernatant exhibited no decrease in ability of incorporating [(14)C]valine into gramicidin S as compared with the 11000g supernatant. About 40% of the incorporating ability remained in the 105000g supernatant after 3hr. centrifugation. When recombining the 105000g sediment with the 105000g supernatant, some increase in incorporation over that obtained with the supernatant alone was obtained. The findings tend to support the view that gramicidin S is synthesized in a different manner from that of proteins.

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