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Identification of a nifA-like regulatory gene of Azospirillum brasilense Sp7 expressed under conditions of nitrogen fixation and in the presence of air and ammonia

Abstract : A gene bank of Azospirillum lipoferum Br17 constructed in the vector lambda GEM11 was screened with a Bradyrhizobium japonicum nifA gene probe. A 7.3 kb EcoRI fragment carrying a nifA-like gene was thereby isolated and subsequently used to screen a gene bank of Azospirillum brasilense Sp7 constructed in pUC18. Two EcoRI fragments of 5.6 kb and 3.6 kb covering the nifA-homology region were found. Mutants with Nif- phenotype were obtained by site-directed Tn5 mutagenesis of the 5.6 kb fragment and subsequent recombination into the A. brasilense Sp7 genome. The mutations were clustered into two loci located at each extremity of the fragment. One of these loci corresponded to nifA and the other to nifB. The nucleotide sequence of nifA of A. brasilense Sp7 was determined. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequences of NifA of A. brasilense Sp7 and NifA of B. japonicum, Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar trifolii and Klebsiella pneumoniae confirmed that it was a nifA-like gene. Construction of a nifA-lacZ fusion and mapping of the RNA transcriptional start site showed that the nifA-like gene was expressed from an unidentified promoter, under conditions of nitrogen fixation and in the presence of oxygen and ammonia.
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Y. Liang, Pierre-Alexandre Kaminski, C. Elmerich. Identification of a nifA-like regulatory gene of Azospirillum brasilense Sp7 expressed under conditions of nitrogen fixation and in the presence of air and ammonia. Molecular Microbiology, Wiley, 1991, 5 (11), pp.2735-2744. ⟨10.1111/j.1365-2958.1991.tb01982.x⟩. ⟨pasteur-03659893⟩

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