Author(s): Bru D, Sarr A, Philippot L
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Abstract Dissimilatory nitrate reduction is catalyzed by a membrane-bound and a periplasmic nitrate reductase. We set up a real-time PCR assay to quantify these two enzymes, using the narG and napA genes, encoding the catalytic subunits of the two types of nitrate reductases, as molecular markers. The narG and napA gene copy numbers in DNA extracted from 18 different environments showed high variations, with most numbers ranging from 2 x 10(2) to 6.8 x 10(4) copies per ng of DNA. This study provides evidence that, in soil samples, the number of proteobacteria carrying the napA gene is often as high as that of proteobacteria carrying the narG gene. The high correlation observed between narG and napA gene copy numbers in soils suggests that the ecological roles of the corresponding enzymes might be linked.
This article was published in Appl Environ Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology