Sucrose metabolism in cyanobacteria: sucrose synthase from Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7119 is remarkably different from the plant enzymes with respect to substrate affinity and amino-terminal sequence

Planta. 1999 Nov;210(1):34-40. doi: 10.1007/s004250050651.


The pathway of sucrose metabolism in cyanobacteria is just starting to be elucidated. The present study describes the first isolation and biochemical characterization of a prokaryotic sucrose synthase (SS, EC Two SS forms (SS-I and SS-II) were detected in Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7119. The isoform SS-II was purified 457-fold and its amino-terminal portion sequenced. Substrate specificity, kinetic constants, native protein and subunit molecular masses, and the effect of different ions and metabolites were studied for SS-II. Anabaena SS was shown to be a tetramer with a 92-kDa polypeptide that was recognized by maize SS polyclonal antibodies. Some striking differences from plant enzymes were demonstrated with respect to substrate affinities, regulation by metal ions and ATP, and the amino-acid sequence of the N-terminal region.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Anabaena / enzymology
  • Anabaena / metabolism*
  • Chromatography, Liquid
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Glucosyltransferases / chemistry
  • Glucosyltransferases / isolation & purification
  • Glucosyltransferases / metabolism*
  • Kinetics
  • Metals / metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Molecular Weight
  • Plants / enzymology*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Substrate Specificity
  • Sucrose / metabolism*


  • Metals
  • Sucrose
  • Adenosine Triphosphate
  • Glucosyltransferases
  • sucrose synthase