Characterization of long-chain fatty acid uptake in Caulobacter crescentus

Fred Zalatan, Paul Black

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Studies evaluating the uptake of long-chain fatty acids in Caulobacter crescentus are consistent with a protein-mediated process. Using oleic acid (C18:1) as a substrate, fatty acid uptake was linear for up to 15 min. This process was saturable giving apparent Vmax and Km values of 374 pmol oleate transported/min/mg total protein and 61 μM oleate, respectively, consistent with the notion that one or more proteins are likely involved. The rates of fatty acid uptake in C. crescentus were comparable to those defined in Escherichia coli. Uncoupling the electron transport chain inhibited oleic acid uptake, indicating that like the long-chain fatty acid uptake systems defined in other gram-negative bacteria, this process is energy-dependent in C. crescentus. Long-chain acyl CoA synthetase activities were also evaluated to address whether vectorial acylation represented a likely mechanism driving fatty acid uptake in C. crescentus. These gram-negative bacteria have considerable long-chain acyl CoA synthetase activity (940 pmol oleoyl CoA formed/min/mg total protein), consistent with the notion that the formation of acyl CoA is coincident with uptake. These results suggest that long-chain fatty acid uptake in C. crescentus proceeds through a mechanism that is likely to involve one or more proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-487
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Microbiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Acyl CoA synthetase
  • Differentiating bacteria
  • Fatty acid transport
  • Gram-negative bacteria
  • Stalked bacteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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