Author(s): Siddavattam D, Singh M, Klingmller W
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Abstract The nifQ gene, involved in early stages of iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) biosynthesis, was identified downstream of the nifB and nifF genes of Enterobacter agglomerans. This gene was cloned and its nucleotide sequence determined. The amino acid sequence, as deduced from the nucleotide sequence, revealed an accumulation of cysteine amino acid residues at the C-terminal end of the protein. The cysteine cluster showed the following consensus sequence Cys-X4-Cys-X2-Cys-X5-Cys, which is a typical characteristic of metal-binding proteins. Further, the nifQ gene was cloned downstream of strong transcriptional (bacteriophage lambda PLPR) and translational (atpE) signals of the expression vector pCYTEXP1 and expressed as an unfused, soluble protein in Escherichia coli. The molecular mass of 19 kDa, as deduced by SDS-PAGE, is in good agreement with the molecular mass deduced from the nucleotide sequence. The availability of high-level expression clones should facilitate purification of large quantities of the recombinant NifQ protein and elucidation of its properties.
This article was published in Mol Gen Genet
and referenced in Advancements in Genetic Engineering