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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 Jul 28;346(2):612-7. Epub 2006 Jun 6.

A primary sodium pump gene of the moderate halophile Halobacillus dabanensis exhibits secondary antiporter properties.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Key Laboratory of Agro-Microbial Resource and Application of Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing.


The primary sodium pump has been proved to be involved in Na(+) extrusion of bacteria. In our present study, a novel gene encoding a putative primary sodium pump was cloned from chromosomal DNA of moderate halophile Halobacillus dabanensis D-8 by functional complementation, which expression resulted in the growth of antiporter-deficient Escherichia coli strain KNabc in the presence of 0.2 M NaCl. The gene was sequenced and designated nap. The deduced amino acid sequence of Nap has 56% identity to NADH dehydrogenase of Bacillus cereus and 55% to NADH oxidase of Bacillus halodurans C-125. E. coli KNabc carrying nap exhibited resistance to uncoupler CCCP (carbonyl-cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone). Everted membrane vesicles prepared from E. coli KNabc carrying nap exhibited secondary Na(+)/H(+) antiporter activity, and nap also supported the growth of respiratory-deficient E. coli ANN0222 lacking NADH dehydrogenase. Based on these results, we proposed that Nap possessed both characteristics of secondary Na(+)/H(+) antiporter and primary sodium pump.

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