Journal article

CHARACTERIZATION OF TRANSMEMBRANE MOVEMENT OF GLUCOSE AND GLUCOSE ANALOGS IN STREPTOCOCCUS-MUTANS INGBRITT

SG DASHPER, EC REYNOLDS

JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1990

Abstract

The transmembrane movement of radiolabeled, nonmetabolizable glucose analogs in Streptococcus mutants Ingbritt was studied under conditions of differing transmembrane electrochemical potentials (delta psi) and pH gradients (delta pH). The delta pH and delta psi were determined from the transmembrane equilibration of radiolabeled benzoate and tetraphenylphosphonium ions, respectively. Growth conditions of S. mutants Ingbritt were chosen so that the cells had a low apparent phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP)-dependent glucose:phosphotransferase activity. Cells energized under different conditions produced transmembrane proton potentials ranging from -49 to -103 mV but did not accumulate 6-deoxyglucose ..

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