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2017

Analytical Chemistry

D-alanine biosynthesis

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Assessment Of Metabolic Changes In Mycobacterium Smegmatis Wild Type And Alr Mutant Strains: Evidence For A New Pathway Of D-Alanine Biosynthesis., Darrell D. Marshall, Steven Halouska, Denise K. Zinniel, Robert J. Fenton, Katie Kenealy, Harpreet K. Chahal, Govardhan Rathnaiah, Raul G. Barletta, Robert Powers Jan 2017

Assessment Of Metabolic Changes In Mycobacterium Smegmatis Wild Type And Alr Mutant Strains: Evidence For A New Pathway Of D-Alanine Biosynthesis., Darrell D. Marshall, Steven Halouska, Denise K. Zinniel, Robert J. Fenton, Katie Kenealy, Harpreet K. Chahal, Govardhan Rathnaiah, Raul G. Barletta, Robert Powers

Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department

In mycobacteria, D-alanine is an essential precursor for peptidoglycan biosynthesis. The only confirmed enzymatic pathway to form D-alanine is through the racemization of L-alanine by alanine racemase (Alr, EC 5.1.1.1). Nevertheless, the essentiality of Alr in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium smegmatis for cell survivability in the absence of D-alanine has been a point of controversy with contradictory results reported in the literature. To address this issue, we examined the effects of alr inactivation on the cellular metabolism of M. smegmatis. The M. smegmatis alr insertion mutant TAM23 exhibited essentially identical growth to wild type mc2155 ...