Role of the Phosphoenolpyruvate-Dependent Fructose Phosphotransferase System in the Utilization of Mannose by Escherichia coli

Hans L. Kornberg, Linda T. M. Lambourne

Abstract

Mutants of Escherichia coli devoid of the membrane-spanning proteins PtsG and PtsMP, which are components of the phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent phosphotransferase system (PTS) and which normally effect the transport into the cells of glucose and mannose, do not grow upon or take up either sugar. Pseudorevertants are described that take up, and grow upon, mannose at rates strongly dependent on the mannose concentration in the medium (apparent K$_{\text{m}}$ > 5 mM); such mutants do not grow upon glucose but are derepressed for the components of the fructose operon. Evidence is presented that mannose is now taken up via the fructose-PTS to form mannose 6-phosphate, which is further utilized for growth via fructose 6-phosphate and fructose 1,6-bisphosphate.