Intracellular thymidine triphosphate concentrations in wild type and in thymine requiring mutants of Escherichia coli 15 and K12

I. R. Beacham, Kathryn Beacham, A. Zaritsky, R. H. Pritchard

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Abstract

The intracellular concentration of thymidine triphosphate has been measured in thymine requiring mutants of Escherichia coli K12 and E. coli 15, and compared with that in non-mutant strains using thymine, thymidine and a mixture of thymine and deoxyguanosine, in the growth medium. The data show (1) that the thymidine triphosphate concentration rises as the thymine concentration in the growth medium is increased; (2) that the triphosphate concentration in both mutant strains is always less than that in the corresponding non-mutant strains; and (3) that thymidine inhibits its own conversion to thymidine triphosphate and also de novo synthesis of the triphosphate in non-mutant strains. It is known that in thymineless mutants the replication time of the chromosome increases as the concentration of thymine in the medium decreases. The data presented in this paper suggest that the replication velocity is a function of, but not determined directly by, the intracellular thymidine triphosphate concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Aug 1971
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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