Monomethylamine as a nitrogen source for a nonmethylotrophic bacterium, Agrobacterium tumefaciens

Yin Chen, Kathryn L. McAleer, J. Colin Murrell

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Monomethylamine can be used by nonmethylotrophs as a sole nitrogen source but not as a carbon source; however, little is known about the genes and enzymes involved. The ?-glutamylmethylamide/N-methylglutamate pathway for monomethylamine utilization by methylotrophs has recently been resolved. We have identified genes encoding key enzymes of this pathway in nonmethylotrophs (e.g., Agrobacterium tumefaciens) and demonstrated that this pathway is also involved in the utilization of monomethylamine as a nitrogen source by nonmethylotrophs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4102-4104
Number of pages3
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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