Molybdenum Involvement in Aerobic Degradation of 2-Furoic Acid by Pseudomonas putida Fu1

Appl Environ Microbiol. 1989 Jul;55(7):1829-34. doi: 10.1128/aem.55.7.1829-1834.1989.


An organism identified as Pseudomonas putida was isolated from an enrichment culture with 2-furoic acid as its sole source of carbon and energy. The organism contained a 2-furoyl-coenzyme A (CoA) synthetase to form 2-furoyl-CoA and a 2-furoyl-CoA dehydrogenase to form 5-hydroxy-2-furoyl-CoA as the first two enzymes involved in the degradation. Tungstate, the specific antagonist of molybdate, decreased growth rate and consumption of 2-furoic acid but had no influence on growth with succinate. Correspondingly, the 2-furoyl-CoA dehydrogenase activity decreased when the organism was grown on 2-furoic acid in the presence of increasing amounts of tungstate. The addition of molybdate reversed the negative effect on 2-furoyl-CoA dehydrogenase activity, which points to the involvement of a molybdoenzyme in this reaction. Both enzymes studied were inducible. No plasmid was detected in this organism.