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Microbiology. 2002 Nov;148(Pt 11):3553-60.

Characterization of the norCBQD genes, encoding nitric oxide reductase, in the nitrogen fixing bacterium Bradyrhizobium japonicum.

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Departamento de Microbiología del Suelo y Sistemas Simbióticos, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC, E-18080 Granada, Spain.

Abstract

The genes norCBQD that encode the bc-type nitric oxide reductase from Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA110 have been isolated and characterized. norC and norB encode the cytochrome c-containing subunit II and cytochrome b-containing subunit I of nitric oxide reductase, respectively. norQ encodes a protein with an ATP/GTP-binding motif, and the predicted norD gene product shows similarity with NorD from other denitrifiers. Mutational analysis indicates that the two structural norC and norB genes are required for microaerobic growth under nitrate-respiring conditions. A mutant strain lacking a functional norC gene also lacked the 16 kDa c-type cytochrome that is normally detectable by haem-staining of proteins from membranes of microaerobically grown wild-type cells. Expression of a transcriptional fusion of the nor promoter region to the reporter gene lacZ (P(norC)-lacZ) was not detected in aerobically grown cells of USDA110, but the fusion was induced threefold when the cells were cultured under microaerobic conditions (1% O(2)) with either nitrite or nitric oxide, and about 18-fold when nitrate was the N oxide present in the medium. The P(norC)-lacZ fusion was not expressed in the B. japonicum fixK(2) mutant strain 9043, but complementation of the mutant with the fixK(2) gene restored beta-galactosidase activity to levels similar to those found in the parental strain. The promoter region of the norCBQD genes has been characterized by primer extension. A major transcript initiates 45.5 bp downstream of the centre of a putative binding site for the transcription factor FixK(2).

PMID:
12427946
DOI:
10.1099/00221287-148-11-3553
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