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Biochemistry of Sulfur by Ryan J. Huxtable

By Ryan J. Huxtable

There should be few components with a biochemistry as coherent as that of sulfur. this significant aspect is important to myriad points of metabo­ lism, catalysis, and constitution. The plurality of capabilities within which sulfur is concerned derives squarely from the varied oxidation states within which it may possibly exist, a few having nice balance, a few being in a position to prepared redox interconversions, and but others having nice instability. therefore, the flux of sulfur from the geosphere in the course of the quite a few kingdoms of existence leaves few biochemical methods unaffected. even supposing there are huge gaps within the cloth of our simple wisdom of sulfur biochemistry, it really is sufficiently framed to permit a unified and arranged tale, a narrative which the various best-known names in bio­ chemistry have helped to jot down. it's been either a job and a privilege to aim and summarize this tale, person who is big, complicated, quick­ relocating, nonetheless constructing and, primarily, interesting. i assume that no mo­ nographer of this type of monstrous topic should be chuffed together with his efforts. it's regrettably possible that during trying this job i've got made as many blunders as a Stilton cheese has blue streaks, and as many omissions as a Swiss cheese has holes. Perfection isn't really to be completed in a monograph. Inasmuch as i've got succeeded, the credits belongs to these whose efforts gave us the data we now have. the place i've got failed, the fault is simply mine.

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Typhimurium and sequenced (Pardee and Watanabe, 1968; Imagawa and Tsugita, 1972). , 1970). It has been suggested that sulfate-binding proteins may have a more general cellular significance in addition to their permease functions (Kabach, 1970). 2 Activation of Sulfate The high redox potential for sulfate reduction is surmounted by carrying out the reduction in a series of manageable steps (reviewed in Roy and Trudinger, 1970; De Meio, 1975; Schiff and Hodson, 1973; Siegel, 1975; Roy, 1960; Gregory and Robbins, 1960; Peck, 1974).

In R. marina, thiosulfate may be detected, and in other species, tetrathionate. In thiobacilli, an ingenious group that can live off concrete, and which are in large measure responsible for the weathering of rocks, it has been suggested that oxidation for energy generation involves single sulfur units physiologically, the polythionates found in in vitro systems being formed by chemical reaction of sulfur-containing intermediates with oxygen (Kelly, 1982). , 1973; Drozd, 1977). The polysulfide formed in the third pathway exists in equilibrium with elemental sulfur, which may be deposited within the cell or excreted extracellularly, depending on the organism.

Aspergillus has the same pathways as Neurospora (Kerr and Flavin, 1969; Paszewski and Grobski, 1973). Again, the sulfuydrylase pathway appears unimportant under normal conditions. However, extracts of S. cerevisiae show cystathionine -y-synthase activity only one-tenth that of Neurospora. Activity is not stimulated by methyl THF derivatives nor inhibited by AdoMet (Savin and Flavin, 1972). , 1969). Sulfuydrylase activity is repressed by growth on Met (Robichon-Szulmajster and Surdin-Kerjan, 1971).

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