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Microbiol Res. 2012 Dec 20;167(10):596-601. doi: 10.1016/j.micres.2012.05.003. Epub 2012 Jun 18.

Characterization and analysis of nifH genes from Paenibacillus sabinae T27.

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State Key Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology and College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, PR China.


Paenibacillus sabinae T27 (CCBAU 10202=DSM 17841) is a gram-positive, spore-forming diazotroph with high nitrogenase activities. Three nifH clusters were cloned from P. sabinae T27. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that NifH1, NifH2 and NifH3 cluster with Cyanobacterium. Each of the coding regions of nifH1, nifH2 and nifH3 from P. sabinae T27 under the control of the nifH promoter of Klebsiella pneumoniae could partially restore nitrogenase activity of K. pneumoniae nifH(-) mutant strain 1795, which has no nitrogenase activity. This suggests that the three nifH genes from P. sabinae T27 have some function in nitrogen fixation. RT-PCR showed that all three nifH genes were expressed under nitrogen-fixing growth conditions. Using promoter vectors which have promoterless lacZ gene, three putative promoter regions of nifH genes were identified.

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