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Nitrogenase of Klebsiella pneumoniae nifV mutants



Nitrogenase of Klebsiella pneumoniae nifV mutants



Biochemical Journal 211(3): 589-597



The MoFe protein of nitrogenase from Klebsiella pneumoniae nifV mutants, NifV- Kp1 protein, in combination with the Fe protein from wild-type cells, catalysed CO-sensitive H2 evolution, in contrast with the CO-insensitive reaction catalysed by the wild-type enzyme. The decrease in H2 production was accompanied by a stoicheiometric decrease in dithionite (reductant) utilization, implying that CO was not reduced. However, CO did not affect the rate of phosphate release from ATP. Therefore the ATP/2e ratio increased, indicating futile cycling of electrons between the Fe protein and the MoFe protein. The inhibition of H2 evolution by CO was partial; it increased from 40% at pH6.3 to 82% at pH 8.6. Inhibition at pH7.4 (maximum 73%) was half-maximal at 3.1 Pa (0.031 matm) CO. The pH optimum of the mutant enzyme was lower in the presence of CO. Steady-state kinetic analysis of acetylene reduction indicated that CO was a linear, intersecting, non-competitive inhibitor of acetylene reduction with Kii = 2.5 Pa and Kis = 9.5 Pa. This may indicate that a single high-affinity CO-binding site in the NifV- Kp1 protein can cause both partial inhibition of H2 evolution and total elimination of acetylene reduction. Various models to explain the data are discussed.

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