Syringomicin production is stimulated by cysteine in Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae

Xavier Garriga, Maria Castaño, Jordi Barbé

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The influence of cysteine and serine in the production of syringomycin by Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae has been studied. Both amino acids increased toxin synthesis in wild-type strains, although cysteine has a higher stimulatory effect than serine. To corroborate the role of cysteine in the production of syringomycin, a Cys- mutant of P. syringae pv. syringae was isolated by transpositional mutagenesis with Tn5; this Cys- mutant did not produce syringomycin. Nevertheless, and after the addition of high concentrations of cysteine, the cys{proportion}Tn5 mutant recovered its ability to produce syringomycin. On the other hand, the addition of serine did not return the production of syringomycin to the sys{proportion} Tn5 strain: all these data indicated that cysteine modulates the synthesis of syringomycin in P. syringae pv. syringae positively. © 1990.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-181
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990


  • Cysteine mutant strain
  • Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae
  • Syringomycin production
  • Wild type strain


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