Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are very ancient organisms that can't obtain metabolic energy by respiration without external heme supplementation. Since the gain in ATP from lactic fermentation is inadequate to support efficient growth, they developed alternative strategies for energy production. Three main energy generating routes are present in LAB: amino acid decarboxylation, malate decarboxylation and arginine deimination (ADI pathway). These routes, apart from supplying energy, also play a role in pH control. Lactic fermentation, which leads to lactic acid accumulation, causes a pH decrease that amino acid decarboxylations, originating basic amines, and the ADI pathway, giving rise to ammonia, may partially contrast. In the present mini-review, the reciprocal relationships among these metabolic pathways are considered, on the basis of proteomic results obtained from four different LAB strains, all of which possess the ADI pathway, but express different amino acid decarboxylases. The strains have been isolated and selected from different habitats and the role of some inducing molecules as well as of the growth phases is discussed. The overall results have revealed that LAB are complex biosystems able to set up a sophisticated metabolic regulation through a complex network of proteins that also include stress responses, as well as protease activation or inhibition.

Proteomics as a tool for studying energy metabolism in lactic acid bacteria

PESSIONE, ALESSANDRO;LAMBERTI, Cristina;PESSIONE, Enrica
2010

Abstract

Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are very ancient organisms that can't obtain metabolic energy by respiration without external heme supplementation. Since the gain in ATP from lactic fermentation is inadequate to support efficient growth, they developed alternative strategies for energy production. Three main energy generating routes are present in LAB: amino acid decarboxylation, malate decarboxylation and arginine deimination (ADI pathway). These routes, apart from supplying energy, also play a role in pH control. Lactic fermentation, which leads to lactic acid accumulation, causes a pH decrease that amino acid decarboxylations, originating basic amines, and the ADI pathway, giving rise to ammonia, may partially contrast. In the present mini-review, the reciprocal relationships among these metabolic pathways are considered, on the basis of proteomic results obtained from four different LAB strains, all of which possess the ADI pathway, but express different amino acid decarboxylases. The strains have been isolated and selected from different habitats and the role of some inducing molecules as well as of the growth phases is discussed. The overall results have revealed that LAB are complex biosystems able to set up a sophisticated metabolic regulation through a complex network of proteins that also include stress responses, as well as protease activation or inhibition.
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