Homologous expression of soluble methane monooxygenase genes in Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b
UNSPECIFIED. (1999) Homologous expression of soluble methane monooxygenase genes in Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b. MICROBIOLOGY-SGM, 145 (Part 2). pp. 461-470. ISSN 1350-0872Full text not available from this repository.
An homologous expression system has been developed for soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) genes from Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b. sMMO-minus mutants were previously obtained after marker-exchange mutagenesis, by the insertion of a kanamycin-resistance cassette into the mmoX gene of the sMMO operon. Complementation of the sMMO-minus genotype was achieved by conjugation with broad-host-range plasmids containing the native promoter and sMMO operon from Ms. trichosporium OB3b (pVK100Sc and pHIM2). In wild-type methanotrophs, copper ions present in the growth medium at concentrations greater than 0.25 mu M inhibit transcription of sMMO genes. The stable maintenance of pVK100Sc resulted in transconjugant methanotrophs with a decreased sensitivity to copper, since expression of sMMO occurred at copper sulphate concentrations of 7.5 mu M. sMMO activity was only detected in soluble extracts after the addition of purified sMMO reductase component, which is inhibited by copper ions in vitro. This phenomenon could have arisen due to the increased number of sMMO gene copies (derived from pVK100Sc) in the cell. Transconjugants obtained from conjugations with pHM2 expressed sMMO at copper concentrations of 0-2.5 mu M only and sMMO activity was not restored by the addition of purified reductase component at copper concentrations higher than 2.5 mu M. Southern hybridization showed that the plasmid had integrated into the chromosome, probably by a single homologous recombination event. This is the first report of homologous sMMO expression in a methanotroph with enzyme activities that are comparable to the activity reported in wild-type strains. This expression system will be useful for site-directed mutagenesis of active-site residues of sMMO from Ms. trichosporium OB3b.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QR Microbiology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||MICROBIOLOGY-SGM|
|Publisher:||SOC GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY|
|Official Date:||February 1999|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||pp. 461-470|
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