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FEBS Lett. 1992 May 18;302(3):247-52.

The haemoglobin-like protein (HMP) of Escherichia coli has ferrisiderophore reductase activity and its C-terminal domain shares homology with ferredoxin NADP+ reductases.

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Krebs Institute for Biomolecular Research, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, UK.


Three soluble ferrisiderophore reductases (FsrA, FsrB and FsrC) were detected in Escherichia coli. FsrB was purified and identified as the haemoglobin-like protein (HMP) by size and N-terminal sequence analyses. HMP was previously isolated as a dihydropteridine reductase and is now shown to have ferrisiderophore reductase activity. Database searches revealed that the C-terminal region of HMP (FsrB) is homologous to members of a family of flavoprotein oxidoreductases which includes ferredoxin NADP+ reductase (FNR). The combination of FNR-like and haemoglobin-like regions in HMP (FsrB) represents a novel pairing of functionally and structurally distinct domains. Structure-function properties of other FNR-like proteins, including LuxG and VanB, are also discussed.

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