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In vitro restoration of nitrate reductase: Investigation ofAspergillus nidulansandNeurospora crassanitrate reductase mutants

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects
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DOI: 10.1016/0304-4165(75)90364-5
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Abstract Extracts of Aspergillus nidulans wild type ( bi-1) and the nitrate reductase mutant niaD-17 were active in the in vitro restoration of NADPH-dependent nitrate reductase when mixed with extracts of Neurospora crassa, nit-1. Among the A. nidulans cnx nitrate reductase mutants tested, only the molybdenum repair mutant, cnxE-14 grown in the presence of 10 −3 M Na 2MoO 4 was active in the restoration assay. Aspergillus extracts contained an inhibitor(s) which was measured by the decrease in NADPH-dependent nitrate reductase formed when extracts of Rhodospirillum rubrum and N. crassa, nit-1 were incubated at room temperature. The inhibition by extracts of A. nidulans, bi-1, cnxG-4 and cnxH-3 was a linear function of time and a logarithmic function of the protein concentration in the extract. The molybdenum content of N. crassa wild type and nit-1 mycelia were found to be similar, containing approx. 10 μg molybdenum/mg dry mycelium. The NADPH-dependent cytochrome c reductase associated with nitrate reductase was purified from both strains. The enzyme purified from wild-type N. crassa contained more than 1 mol of molybdenum per mol of enzyme, whereas the enzyme purified from nit-1 contained negligible amounts of molybdenum.

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