The TOL plasmid pWW0 of Pseudomonas putida encodes a set of enzymes required for the oxidation of toluene to Krebs cycle intermediates. The structural genes for these enzymes are encoded in two operons which comprise the xylCMABN and xylXYZLTEGFJQKIH genes, respectively. The function of the xylT gene has not yet been identified. The nucleotide sequence of xylT was determined in this study and putative gene product was shown to contain a sequence characteristic for chloroplast-type ferredoxins. The nahT gene, the homologue of xylT, present on NAH plasmid NAH7 encoding naphthalene-degrading enzymes, was also sequenced. The sequence conservation between xylT and nahT strongly suggests that both gene products have some physiological function. Chloroplast-type ferredoxins have been discovered in photosynthetic organisms (plants, algae, cyanobacteria and Rhodobacter) and Halobacterium species. Furthermore, chloroplast-type ferredoxin-like sequences have been found in the electron-transfer components of some oxygenases. The sequences of XylT and NahT were compared with those of the previously identified chloroplast-type ferredoxins, in order to examine their evolutionary relationships.
|Titolo:||Divergent evolution of chloroplast-type ferredoxins|
|Parole Chiave:||Tol plasmid; nah plasmid; ferredoxin; chloroplast-type; protein evolution|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/19 - Microbiologia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||8-lug-1991|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/0014-5793(91)80730-Q|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|