Assimilatory sulfur metabolism in marine microorganisms: a novel sulfate transport system in Alteromonas luteo-violaceus. Academic Article uri icon


  • The sulfate transport mechanism of a marine bacterium, Alteromonas luteo-violaceus, was unique among microorganisms in its extremely low affinity for the sulfate analog thiosulfate. Distinguishing characteristics included weak inhibition of sulfate transport by thiosulfate, inability to transport thiosulfate effectively, poor growth using thiosulfate as the sole source of sulfur, and a mild effect of the sulfhydryl reagent para-hydroxymercuribenzoate. In contrast, sulfate transport by a marine pseudomonad, Pseudomonas halodurans, was strongly inhibited by thiosulfate, and para-hydroxymercuribenzoate reversibly but completely blocked sulfate transport.

publication date

  • August 1981