The Pseudomonas fluorescens YT101 gene narG, which encodes the catalytic α subunit of the respiratory nitrate reductase, was disrupted by insertion of a gentamicin resistance cassette. In the Nar− mutants, nitrate reductase activity was not detectable under all the conditions tested, suggesting that P. fluorescens YT101 contains only one membrane-bound nitrate reductase and no periplasmic nitrate reductase. Whereas N2O respiration was not affected, anaerobic growth with NO2 as the sole electron acceptor was delayed for all of the Nar− mutants following a transfer from oxic to anoxic conditions. These results provide the first demonstration of a regulatory link between nitrate and nitrite respiration in the denitrifying pathway
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