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Repression of nitrate reductase activity and loss of antigenically detectable protein in Neurospora crassa



Repression of nitrate reductase activity and loss of antigenically detectable protein in Neurospora crassa



Journal of Bacteriology 144(1): 232-237



Experiments were performed to determine whether conditions which cause the rapid loss of nitrate reductase activity in Neurospora crassa mycelia were accompanied by the loss of antigenically detectable nitrate reductase protein. When mycelia with nitrate reductase activity were transferred to ammonia media, there was a rapid loss in the reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-nitrate reductase activity plus the parallel loss of the reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-diaphorase and the reduced methyl viologen-nitrate reductase activities associated with the nitrate reductase. In addition, there was the loss of cross-reacting material to anti-nitrate reductase antisera that was concomitant with the loss of nitrate reductase activity. When mycelia were exposed to either ammonia plus cycloheximide, nitrate plus cycloheximide, or nitrogen-free media, or to media which lacked an assimilable carbon source, the amount of cross-reacting material declined in concert with the nitrate reductase activity. The mutant nit-6, which lacks nitrite reductase activity, was exposed to ammonia or nitrate plus cycloheximide media. The nitrate reductase and the amount of cross-reacting material declined together as in the wild-type mycelia. We conclude that the loss of nitrate reductase activity was accompanied by the specific loss of this protein and that no pool of inactivated nitrate reductase molecules existed.

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