Nitric oxide-reductase homologue that contains a copper atom and has cytochrome c-oxidase activity from an aerobic phototrophic bacterium Roseobacter denitrificans

Yuji Matsuda, Kei Ichiro Inamori, Tsukasa Osaki, Akane Eguchi, Azusa Watanabe, Shun Ichiro Kawabata, Koh Iba, Hiroyuki Arata

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Abstract

A cytochrome cb-type enzyme with cytochrome c-oxidase activity was purified from an aerobic phototrophic bacterium Roseobacter denitrificans. The enzyme was solubilized with sucrose monodecanoate from the membranes of R. denitrificans grown aerobically under light conditions, and purified to electrophoretic homogeneity. Absorption spectra of the purified enzyme showed peaks at 410 nm and 530 nm in the oxidized state, and peaks at 420, 522, and 551 nm and a shoulder at around 560 nm in the reduced state. The enzyme is composed of two subunits with apparent molecular weights on SDS-PAGE of 37,000 and 18,000, the latter positive to heme staining. The protein contains heme c, heme b, and copper in a 1:2:1 stoichiometry. The spectral properties indicated that the heme c and one heme b are in low-spin states, while the other heme b is in a high-spin state. The base sequences of the genes and the deduced amino acid sequences are similar to those of known NorB and NorC subunits of nitric oxide reductases from other bacterial species. The enzyme is similar to nitric oxide reductase, but differs in that it contains copper. Virtually no nitric oxide reductase activity was detected in the purified enzyme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)791-800
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of biochemistry
Volume131
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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