Taurine serves as sole source of nitrogen for aerobic and anaerobic growth by Klebsiella sp.
The sulfur of taurine can be assimilated by Klebsiella sp. during aerobic growth, but not fermentative growth. However, taurine's N can be utilized by this bacterium as sole nitrogen source for both aerobic and anaerobic growth. Two other amino-containing sulfonates (3-aminopropanesulfonate and cysteate) were also examined for their abilities to serve as nitrogen sources for Klebsiella sp. during the different growth conditions. The result shows that 3-aminopropanesulfonate only supports aerobic growth while cysteate does not under either condition.