Genomic DNA Cloning of the Region Encoding Nitric Oxide Reductase in Paracoccus halodenitrificansand a Structure Model Relevant to Cytochrome Oxidase
The structural genes for the NO reductase inParacoccus halodenitrificans,norC,norB, andnorQwere sequenced. ThenorCandnorBencode the cytochromec(NorC) and cytochromeb(NorB) subunits, respectively. The matured NorC (17258 Da, 148 residues) has a binding motif (CXYCH) for hemec, which is axially coordinated by His65 and Met115. NorB (52337 Da, 451 residues) has twelve putative transmembrane helices and the 19% sequence homology with the subunit I of cytochrome oxidase fromParacoccus denitrificans.Several histidine and glutamate residues were identified as the ligands for two hemesband a non-heme iron in comparison with the sequence of cytochrome oxidase. The higher-order model structures constructed from the amino acid sequences of NorC and NorB showed the topology of the helical segments and the locations of the metal centers.
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