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Self-resistance of the nourseothricin-producing strain Streptomyces noursei.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of basic microbiology
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
6
Pages
323–328
Identifiers
PMID: 3027297
Source
Medline

Abstract

The nourseothricin producer Streptomyces noursei is resistant to its own antibiotic in submerged as well as in surface culture. The strain shows no cross-resistance to miscoding inducing aminoglycoside antibiotics. Cell free extracts of Streptomyces noursei inactivate nourseothricin by enzymatic acetylation. The pattern of cross-resistance of Streptomyces noursei correlates well with the substrate specificity of the nourseothricin acetyltransferase. Furthermore, the acetyltransferase activity parallels the resistance level in nourseothricin-producing strains and nonproducing mutants. The results suggest that the nourseothricin acetyltransferase is important in the self-defence strategy of the nourseothricin-producing strain.

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