NADH:ferredoxin reductase (EC 1.18.13) and NAD-reducing hydrogenase (EC 188.8.131.52) activities were detected in the cytoplasm of Hydrogenobacter thermophilus TK-6. NADH:ferredoxin reductase activity was detected using metronidazole, an artificial electron acceptor, which reacts specifica1ly with reduced ferredoxin. Soluble NAD-reducing hydrogenase activity was detected after extended preincubation. The lag disappeared when cell-free extract was incubated anaerobically for more than 30 min. The electron transport system of this chemolithoautotrophic bacterium is discussed.
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