Using the high efficiency of homologous gene recombination in Bacillus subtilis, a strategy for mutational analysis of the proton pumping aa3-600 quinol oxidase of this organism has been developed. The qox operon with the qoxA, qoxB, qoxC and qoxD genes, coding for the four subunits of this oxidase, was deleted and then replaced with mutated copies in which qoxC (subunit III) or qoxD (subunit IV) genes were deleted. The complete deletion of the qox operon caused disappearence of heme aa3-600 and a slight depression of the overall respiratory activity, compensated by alternative oxidase with no proton pumping activity. Deletion of qoxC probably resulted in a defective assembly of the aa3-600 quinol oxidase. The strain with deletion of qoxD gene expressed normal content of heme aa3-600 but exhibited a reduced respiratory activity and a significantly depressed proton pumping activity. These results show that subunit IV is critical for the activity of the proton pumping aa3-600 quinol oxidase.
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|Titolo:||Functional analysis of subunits III and IV of Bacillus subtilis aa3-600 quinol oxidase by in vitro mutagenesis and gene replacement|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1995|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|