alexa Characterization of Nitrate Reductase Deficient Mutants of Chlorella sorokiniana.

Author(s): Knobloch O, Tischner R

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Abstract After x-ray irradiation, 13 mutants of Chlorella sorokiniana incapable of using NO(3) (-) as N source were isolated using a pinpoint method. Using immunoprecipitation and Western blot assays, no nitrate reductase was found in five strains while in eight mutants the enzyme was detected. The latter strains contained different patterns of nitrate reductase partial reactions. All isolates were of the nia-type as indicated by the inducibility of purine hydroxylase I and by complementation of nitrate reductase activity in the Neurospora crassa mutant Nit-1. A restoration of NADP-nitrate reductase in Nit-1 was also obtained with NH(4) (+)-grown cells indicating that Mo-cofactor is constitutive in Chlorella. Complementation experiments among the Chlorella mutants resulted in restoration of NADH-nitrate reductase activity. The characteristics of some of the Chlorella mutants are discussed in view of an improper orientation of Mo-cofactor in the residual nitrate reductase protein.
This article was published in Plant Physiol and referenced in

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