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This chapter on anaerobiosis talks about that can respond to changes in oxygen availability and redox state by changing metabolic direction in favor of anaerobiosis. During anaerobiosis, degradation of arginine occurs via the arginine deiminase pathway rather than the aerobic arginase pathway. Many genes required for antibiotic production are induced by anaerobiosis. Unlike , which is slightly repressed by anaerobiosis, expression of is highly induced by anaerobiosis. All of the ResDE-dependent genes tested show higher expression during anaerobiosis than during aerobiosis. Nitrate respiration of makes sense from an ecological standpoint because soil, a natural habitat for , contains numerous anaerobic microenvironments, especially when water content is high, and also contains an abundant source of nitrate and nitrite. Studies of anaerobiosis offer great promise for potential applications in the biomedical and biotechnology fields. Knowledge of anaerobic metabolism is useful for the fermentation industry to plan strategies for improved product yield and metabolic engineering by redirection of metabolic flows. Anaerobiosis of microorganisms in soil plays a key role in ecosystem homeostasis and affects atmospheric composition through the formation of trace gases.

Citation: Nakano M, Zuber P. 2002. Anaerobiosis, p 393-404. In Sonenshein A, Losick R, Hoch J (ed), and Its Closest Relatives. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817992.ch28
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Fermentation pathways of . The fermentation end products are shown in bold. Genes known to code for the enzymes involved in fermentation are shown in parentheses. Abbreviations: ACK, acetate kinase; ADH, alcohol dehydrogenase; ALDC, α-acetolactate decarboxylase; ALDH, aldehyde dehydrogenase; ALS, α-acetolactate synthase; AR, acetoin reductase; LDH, L-lactate dehydrogenase; PTA, phosphotransacetylase; CoA, coenzyme A.

Citation: Nakano M, Zuber P. 2002. Anaerobiosis, p 393-404. In Sonenshein A, Losick R, Hoch J (ed), and Its Closest Relatives. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817992.ch28
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Regulatory pathways for redox-dependent gene expression in . Genes in boldface represent regulatory genes. Genes dependent on ResDE, FNR, and YwiD (ArfM) are shown in the boxes, although in some cases it is unknown whether these regulators are directly involved in the expression of the target genes. YwfI protein level is not significantly affected by a mutation ( ). Details are described in the text.

Citation: Nakano M, Zuber P. 2002. Anaerobiosis, p 393-404. In Sonenshein A, Losick R, Hoch J (ed), and Its Closest Relatives. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817992.ch28
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Genes induced or repressed by oxygen limitation

The results of this table are mainly based on DNA micro- and macroarray experiments by Ye et al. ( ) and Homuth et al. ( ).

The expression of genes in aerobic and anaerobic cultures was compared either by fermentative growth or by growth in the presence of nitrate or nitrite. +, induced by anaerobiosis. —, repressed by anaerobiosis; 0, no change.

The result obtained by Ye et al. ( ).

The result obtained by Homuth et al. ( ).

PdhD protein level is higher under anaerobiosis ( ).

The result obtained by Ye ( ).

Expression of the gene is either slightly induced ( ) or repressed ( ) under anaerobic fermentative growth.

Genes whose products have no similarity to known proteins.

Citation: Nakano M, Zuber P. 2002. Anaerobiosis, p 393-404. In Sonenshein A, Losick R, Hoch J (ed), and Its Closest Relatives. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817992.ch28

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