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METHANE MONOOXYGENASE MUTANTS OF METHYLOSINUS-TRICHOSPORIUM CONSTRUCTED BY MARKER-EXCHANGE MUTAGENESIS

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Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b synthesizes a soluble cytoplasmic methane monooxygenase when grown in copper-depleted medium and a membrane-bound particulate methane monooxygenase under copper-replete conditions. The genes encoding the hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase, carried on a plasmid in Escherichia coli, were insertionally inactivated using a kanamycin cassette and transferred back into M. trichosporium by conjugation. Marker-exchange mutagenesis, via a double homologous recombination event, yielded a soluble methane monooxygenase-negative mutant which grew only on methane using the particulate methane monooxygenase during copper-replete growth conditions, thus proving that the two methane oxidation systems in this methanotroph are genetically distinct

Topics: QR
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:19929
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