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Microbiol Mol Biol Rev. 2004 Sep;68(3):453-73, table of contents.

CO-sensing mechanisms.

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  • 1Department of Bacteriology, 420 Henry Mall, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA.


Carbon monoxide (CO) has long been known to have dramatic physiological effects on organisms ranging from bacteria to humans, but recently there have a number of suggestions that organisms might have specific sensors for CO. This article reviews the current evidence for a variety of proteins with demonstrated or potential CO-sensing ability. Particular emphasis is placed on the molecular description of CooA, a heme-containing CO sensor from Rhodospirillum rubrum, since its biological role as a CO sensor is clear and we have substantial insight into the basis of its sensing ability.

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