Isolation of NAD cycle mutants defective in nicotinamide mononucleotide deamidase in Salmonella typhimurium

W. Cheng, J. Roth

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The NAD or pyridine nucleotide cycle is the sequence of reactions involved in the breakdown of NAD to nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) and regeneration of NAD. This cycle is fivefold more active during aerobic growth of Salmonella typhimurium and under this condition breaks down half of the NAD pool every 90 min. DNA ligase is known to convert NAD to NMN but is only a minor contributor to the NAD cycle during aerobic growth. The dominant aerobic route of NMN formation is otherwise uncharacterized. Accumulated NMN generated by either of these routes is potentially dangerous in that it can inhibit the essential enzyme DNA ligase. The reactions which recycle NMN to NAD may serve to minimize the inhibition of ligase and other enzymes by accumulated NMN. The predominant recycling reaction in S. typhimurium appears to be NMN deamidase, which converts NMN directly to the biosynthetic intermediate nicotinic acid mononucleotide. Mutants defective in this recycling step were isolated and characterized. By starting with a ligase- deficient (lig mutant) parent strain that requires deamidase to assimilate exogenous NMN, two classes of mutants that are unable to grow on minimal NMN media were isolated. One class (pncC) maps at 83.7 min and shows only 2% of the wild-type levels of N MN deamidase. Under aerobic conditions, a lig+ allele allows a pncC mutant to grow on NMN and restores some deamidase activity. This growth ability and enzyme activity are not found in lig+ strains grown without oxygen. This suggests the existence of a second NMN deamidase (pncL) dependent on ligase and stimulated during aerobic growth. The second class of mutants (pncD) gains a requirement for isoleucine plus valine with growth in the presence of exogenous NMN. We propose that pncD mutations reduce the activity of an ilv biosynthetic enzyme that is naturally sensitive to inhibition by NMN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6711-6717
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Immunology


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