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Biochemistry. 1993 Jan 26;32(3):968-81.

DNA sequencing of the seven remaining structural genes of the gene cluster encoding the energy-transducing NADH-quinone oxidoreductase of Paracoccus denitrificans.

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Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California 92037.


In our previous papers, seven structural genes (NQO1-7) of the energy-transducing NADH-quinone (Q) oxidoreductase of Paracoccus denitrificans were characterized [Xu, X., Matsuno-Yagi, A., & Yagi, T. (1991a) Biochemistry 30, 8678-8684; (1991b) Biochemistry 30, 6422-6428; (1992a) Biochemistry 31, 6925-6932; (1992b) Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 296, 40-48]. This paper reports the identification, cloning, and sequencing of seven additional structural genes in the same gene cluster (P. denitrificans enzyme complex). These seven genes, designated NQO8-14, are composed of 1038, 492, 603, 306, 2112, 1542, and 1500 base pairs, respectively. The polypeptides encoded by the NQO8-14 genes are homologous, respectively, to the ND1 product, the 23-kDa polypeptide, and the ND6, ND4L, ND5, ND4, and ND2 products of the bovine NADH-Q oxidoreductase. The order of the 14 structural genes of the Paracoccus energy-transducing NADH-Q oxidoreductase in the gene cluster is NQ07, NQO6, NQO5, NQO2, NQO1, NQO3, NQO8, NQO9, NQO10, NQO11, NQO12, NQO13, and NQO14. Downstream from the NQO14 gene an open reading frame (designated URF240) was detected which encodes a predicted polypeptide homologous to the biotin [acetyl-CoA-carboxylase] ligase of Escherichia coli. In addition, a putative terminal sequence motif was observed downstream of the NQO14 gene, suggesting that the structural gene NQO14 is the 3'-terminal gene of the Paracoccus NADH-Q oxidoreductase gene cluster. Nucleotide sequencing of the entire gene cluster revealed the presence of three unidentified reading frames: one between the NQO3 and NQO8 genes and other two between the NQO9 and NQO10 genes. These are designated URF4, URF5, and URF6 and are composed of 768, 393, and 405 base pairs, respectively. The possible functions of the putative proteins encoded by URF5 and URF6 are discussed.

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