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J Biochem. 1989 Aug;106(2):336-41.

Rubredoxin from Clostridium perfringens: complete amino acid sequence and participation in nitrate reduction.

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Department of Chemical Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University.


The complete primary structure of rubredoxin (Rd) isolated from Clostridium perfringens was sequenced to be: MKKFICDVCGYIYDPAVGDPDNGVEPGTEFKDIPDDWVCPLCGVDKSQFSETEE. The sequence was highly homologous to that of C. pasteurianum Rd but was different at 13 sites out of the total 54 amino acid residues (76% homology). It contained 1 Fe atom, 4 cysteine residues, and no labile sulfur, had a molecular weight of 6,056, and shared the general properties of classical anaerobic Rds. The pI was 4.4. The Rd was reduced with NADH in the presence of a specific NAD(P)H oxidoreductase preparation from the bacterium. The Km value of nitrate reductase for Rd as an electron-donor was 12 microM, a value comparable to that of the 13 microM for ferredoxin (Fd). These results taken together provide additional support for its role as the electron carrier in the nitrate reductase system [Seki, S., Ikeda, A., and Ishimoto, M. (1988) J. Biochem. 103, 583-584].

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