Distinct slime polysaccharide depolymerases of bacteriophage-infected Pseudomonas aeruginosa: evidence of close association with the structured bacteriophage particle.

Journal of virology

PubMedID: 4982827

Bartell PF, Orr TE. Distinct slime polysaccharide depolymerases of bacteriophage-infected Pseudomonas aeruginosa: evidence of close association with the structured bacteriophage particle. J Virol. 1969;4(5):580-4.
Five new polysaccharide depolymerases were isolated from cultures of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infected with phages 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. The production of enzyme paralleled the release of phage. Depolymerase associated with phage 8 was active on slime polysaccharide A, whereas depolymerases associated with phages 6, 7, 9, and 10, like pseudomonas phage 2, hydrolyzed slime polysaccharide B. None of the depolymerases was active on slime polysaccharide C. Despite exhaustive purification, depolymerase activity was found to band with the phage particles at a density of 1.49 to 1.51 g/ml in a density gradient composed to cesium chloride. These results suggest that the depolymerases are firmly bound to the phage particles.