Diauxic growth is a diphasic growth represented by two growth curves intervened by a short lag phase produced by an organism utilizing two different substrates. The diauxic growth curve – Homework assignment. Next session we will try to reproduce the famous diauxic growth curve experiment first performed by Jacques. as a function of time and observe the diauxic growth pattern (Fig 1A) that was first . tion of glucose in each culture filtrate and the glucose standard curve for the.

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Enzyme Induction is still considered a form of negative control because the effect of the regulatory molecule the active repressor is to decrease or downregulate the rate of transcription. Catabolite repression is a type of positive control of transcriptionsince a regulatory protein affects an increase upregulation in the rate of transcription of an operon.

The process trowth discovered in E. The discovery was made during study of the regulation of lac operon in E. Since glucose is degraded by constitutive enzymes and lactose is initially degraded by inducible enzymes, what would happen if the bacterium was grown in limiting amounts of glucose and lactose?

A plot of the bacterial growth rate resulted in a diauxic growth curve which showed two distinct growht of active growth Figure 9. During the first phase of exponential growth, the bacteria utilize glucose as a source of energy until all the glucose is exhausted.


Then, after a secondary grlwth phase, the lactose is utilized during a second stage of exponential growth.

The Diauxic Growth Curve of E. During the period of glucose utilization, lactose is not utilized because the cells are unable to transport and cleave the disaccharide lactose. Glucose is always metabolized first in preference to other sugars.

Regulation of Bacterial Metabolism

Only after glucose is completely utilized is lactose degraded. The lactose operon is repressed even though lactose the inducer is present. The ecological rationale is that glucose is a better source of energy than lactose since its utilization requires two less enzymes.

Only after glucose is exhausted are the enzymes for lactose utilization synthesized. The secondary lag during diauxic growth represents the time required for the duauxic induction of the lac operon and synthesis of the enzymes necessary for lactose utilization lactose permease and beta-galactosidase.

Only then does bacterial growth occur at the expense of lactose. Since the availability of glucose represses the enzymes for lactose utilizationthis type of repression became known as catabolite repression or the glucose effect.

Types of Growth that Take Place in Bacteria

Glucose is known to repress a large number of inducible enzymes in many different bacteria. Glucose represses the induction of inducible operons by inhibiting the synthesis of cyclic AMP cAMPa nucleotide that is required for the initiation of transcription of a large number of inducible enzyme systems frowth the lac operon. The role of cyclic a cAMP is complicated. Thus, to efficiently promote gene transcription of the lac operon, not only must lactose be present to inactivate the lac repressor, but cAMP must be available to bind to CAP which binds to DNA to facilitate transcription.


In the presence of glucoseadenylate cyclase AC activity is blocked. Many positively controlled promoters, such as the lac promoter, are not fully functional in the presence of RNAp alone and require activation by CAP. CAP is encoded by a separate Regulatory gene, and is present in constitutive levels. cufve

Positive control of the lac operon is illustrated in Figure Catabolite repression is positive control of the lac operon. The effect cutve an increase in the rate of transcription.

In this case, the CAP cjrve is activated by cAMP to bind to the lac operon and facilitate the binding of RNA polymerase to the promoter to transcribe the genes for lactose utilization. As a form of catabolite repression, the glucose effect serves a useful function in bacteria: For many bacteria, glucose is the most common and readily utilizable substrate for growth. Thus, it inhibits indirectly the synthesis of enzymes that cyrve poorer sources of energy.