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Nitrogen fixation system of tungsten-resistant mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii.

By G D Riddle, J G Simonson, B J Hales and H D Braymer


Mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii ATCC 12837 were isolated which could fix N2 in the presence of high tungsten concentrations. The most studied of these mutants (WD2) grew well in N-free modified Burk broth containing 10 mM W, whereas the wild type would not grow in this medium. WD2 would also grow in Burk N-free broth at about the same rate as the wild type. WD2 in broth containing W exhibited 22% of the whole cell acetylene reduction activity of the wild type in broth containing Mo and showed a lowered affinity for acetylene. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis experiments showed that N2-fixing cells of WD2 from broth containing W or Mo did not produce significant amounts of component I of native nitrogenase protein. Electron spin resonance spectra of whole cells and cell-free extracts of WD2 from broth containing W lacked any trace of the g = 3.6 resonance associated with FeMoCo

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1982
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