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Temperature-Dependent Regulation by Molybdenum and Vanadium of Expression of the Structural Genes Encoding Three Nitrogenases in Azotobacter vinelandii

By Jean Walmsley and Christina Kennedy


Temperature affects the expression of the three different nitrogenases in Azotobacter vinelandii. Molybdenum repressed the vnfH and anfH operons relatively more at 30°C than at 20°C; at 14°C molybdenum did not repress these genes at all. Similarly, V repressed the anf operon at 30°C but not at 20 or 14°C. Mo was poorly transported into cells grown at the lower temperatures. A. vinelandii thus has the potential to synthesize any of the three nitrogenases at 14 to 20°C regardless of the presence of Mo or V

Topics: Physiology and Biotechnology
Year: 1991
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