Abstract

It was shown that glutamine synthetase of purple sulfur bacterium Thiocapsa roseopersicina is regulated by covalent modification. This conclusion is made on the basis of results showing that: (i) incubation of cells under conditions of nitrogen deprivation in the light lead to an increase of glutamine synthetase activity; (ii) addition of ammonium to nitrogen-starved cell suspensions caused a rapid decrease of glutamine synthetase activity; (iii) inhibition of glutamine synthetase by feedback modifiers was higher in ammonium-treated cells than in those starved for a nitrogen source; (iv) treatment of purified glutamine synthetase and cell-free extracts with phosphodiesterase was accompanied by an increase of glutamine synthetase activity, indicating the cleavage of modifying residues covalently bound to glutamine synthetase molecules.

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