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Structure and Function of Biopolymers
Biological functions of Acinetobacter sp. exopolysaccharides
1Pirog T. P.
  1. D. K. Zabolotny Institute of Microbiology and Virology, NAS of Ukraine
    154, Academika Zabolotnogo Str., Kyiv, Ukraine, 03680


Acinetobacter sp. exopolysaccharide (EPS) shows protective functions as regards producer cells and protects from unfavourable environmental factors microorganisms cells which are in trophic relationship with Acinetobacter sp. Definite microorganisms (micro-mycetes, anaerobic sulpliate- and chromate-reducing bacteria, some of the aerobic heterotrophs) use EPS as a sole carbon source. EPS synthesized by Acinetobacter sp. can be a source of nonorganic cations for microorganisms under the conditions of low concentrations of nutrients.


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