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Arch Microbiol. 1997 Nov;168(5):396-402.

Function of coenzyme F420-dependent NADP reductase in methanogenic archaea containing an NADP-dependent alcohol dehydrogenase.

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Max-Planck-Institut für terrestrische Mikrobiologie, Abteilung Biochemie, Karl-von-Frisch-Strasse, D-35043 Marburg, Germany.


Methanogenic archaea growing on ethanol or isopropanol as the electron donor for CO2 reduction to CH4 contain either an NADP-dependent or a coenzyme F420-dependent alcohol dehydrogenase. We report here that in both groups of methanogens, the N5, N10-methylenetetrahydromethanopterin dehydrogenase and the N5, N10-methylenetetrahydromethanopterin reductase, two enzymes involved in CO2 reduction to CH4, are specific for F420. This raised the question how F420H2 is regenerated in the methanogens with an NADP-dependent alcohol dehydrogenase. We found that these organisms contain catabolic activities of an enzyme catalyzing the reduction of F420 with NADPH. The F420-dependent NADP reductase from Methanogenium organophilum was purified and characterized. The N-terminal amino acid sequence showed 42% sequence identity to a putative gene product in Methanococcus jannaschii, the total genome of which has recently been sequenced.

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