Utilisation of aminomethane sulfonate by Chromohalobacter marismortui VH1

Nigel G. Ternan*, Geoffrey McMullan

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Chromohalobacter marismortui VH1 was screened for its ability to utilise organosulfonate compounds at a range of NaCl concentrations. Only aminomethane sulfonate, of seven sulfonates tested, was utilised. Length of lag phase during growth on aminomethane sulfonate, as either nitrogen and/or sulfur source, increased with increasing NaCl concentration. Cell yields increased linearly with increasing aminomethane sulfonate concentration up to 5 mM. Resting cells pregrown on aminomethane sulfonate as sole nitrogen source exhibited carbon-sulfur bond cleaving [0.123 nmol sulfate accumulated h-1 (mg cells)-1] and sulfite-oxidising [0.185 nmol sulfate accumulated h-1 (mg cells)-1] activities. C. marismortui VH1 is capable of sulfur-starvation deregulated metabolism of aminomethane sulfonate under high salt conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Aminomethane
  • Biodegradation
  • Halophilic
  • Organosulfonate
  • Sulfonate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology


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