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Homology modeling of Ferredoxin-nitrite reductase from Arabidopsis thaliana

By Karim Kherraz, Khaled Kherraz and Abdelkrim Kameli


Nitrogen is one of the major growth-limiting nutrients for plants: The main source of nitrogen in most of the higher plants is nitrate taken up through roots. Nitrate can be reduced both in the chloroplasts (photosynthetic tissues) and in proplastes (nonphotosynthetic tissues) such as roots. Ferredoxin-nitrite reductase (NiR) catalyses the reduction of nitrite to ammonium in the second step of the nitrate- assimilation pathway. Homology model of Ferredoxin-nitrite reductase has been constructed using the X-ray structure (PDB code: 2akj) a s a template and MODELLER 9v5 software. The resulting model assessed by PROCHECK, PROSAII and RMSD that showed the final refined model is reliable: has 81% of amino acid sequence identity with template, 0.2Å as RMSD and has (-10.37) as Z-scores, the Ramachandran plot analysis showed that conformations for 99.5 % of amino acid residues are within the most favored regions. The model could prove useful in further functional characterization of this protein

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