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Eur J Biochem. 1995 Apr 1;229(1):148-54.

The oxidation of methylamine in Paracoccus denitrificans.

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Department of Microbiology, BioCentrum Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands.


The in vivo oxidation of methylamine has been studied in Paracoccus denitrificans. Four components are involved in the electron transfer from methylamine to oxygen; methylamine dehydrogenase (MADH), amicyanin, cytochrome c and cytochrome-c oxidase. In P. denitrificans, MADH and its electron acceptor amicyanin are indispensable for growth on methylamine. In the present study, site-directed mutants have been used to demonstrate participation of cytochrome c550 and the aa3-type cytochrome-c oxidase. Moreover, evidence is provided for the operation of alternative routes, branching from amicyanin, in which at least cytochrome c1 and the cbb3-type cytochrome-c oxidase are involved.

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