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Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae expresses an uptake hydrogenase in symbiosis with peas (Pisum sativum) but, unlike all other characterized hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria, cannot express it in free-living conditions. The hydrogenase-specific transcriptional activator gene hoxA described in other species was shown to have been inactivated in R. leguminosarum(More)
Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae UPM791 induces the synthesis of an [NiFe] hydrogenase in pea (Pisum sativum L.) bacteroids which oxidizes the H2 generated by the nitrogenase complex inside the root nodules. The synthesis of this hydrogenase requires the genes for the small and large hydrogenase subunits (hupS and hupL, respectively) and 15 accessory(More)
Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae UPM791 induces hydrogenase activity in pea (Pisum sativum L.) bacteroids but not in free-living cells. The symbiotic induction of hydrogenase structural genes (hupSL) is mediated by NifA, the general regulator of the nitrogen fixation process. So far, no culture conditions have been found to induce NifA-dependent promoters(More)
Plasmid pAL618 contains the genetic determinants for H2 uptake (hup) fromRhizobium leguminosarum bv.viciae, including a cluster of 17 genes namedhupSLCDEFGHIJK-hypABFCDE. A 1.7-kb segment of insert DNA located downstream ofhypE has now been sequenced, thus completing the sequence of the 20 441-bp insert DNA in plasmid pAL618. An open reading frame(More)
Uptake hydrogenases allow rhizobia to recycle the hydrogen generated in the nitrogen fixation process within the legume nodule. Hydrogenase (hup) systems in Bradyrhizobium japonicum and Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae show highly conserved sequence and gene organization, but important differences exist in regulation and in the presence of specific genes.(More)
A gene encoding a homolog to the cation diffusion facilitator protein DmeF from Cupriavidus metallidurans has been identified in the genome of Rhizobium leguminosarum UPM791. The R. leguminosarum dmeF gene is located downstream of an open reading frame (designated dmeR) encoding a protein homologous to the nickel- and cobalt-responsive transcriptional(More)
Synthesis of the hydrogen uptake (Hup) system in Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae requires the function of an 18-gene cluster (hupSLCDEFGHIJK-hypABFCDEX). Among them, the hupE gene encodes a protein showing six transmembrane domains for which a potential role as a nickel permease has been proposed. In this paper, we further characterize the nickel(More)
A limited number of Rhizobium and Bradyrhizobium strains possess a hydrogen uptake (Hup) system that recycles the hydrogen released from the nitrogen fixation process in legume nodules. To extend this ability to rhizobia that nodulate agronomically important crops, we investigated factors that affect the expression of a cosmid-borne Hup system from(More)
In this work, we report the cloning and sequencing of the Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571 hydrogenase gene cluster. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of 20 open reading frames hupTUVhypFhupSLCDFGHJK hypABhupRhypCDEhupE. The physical and genetic organization of A. caulinodans ORS571 hydrogenase system suggests a close relatedness to that of Rhodobacter(More)
The legume host affects the expression of Rhizobium leguminosarum hydrogenase activity in root nodules. High levels of symbiotic hydrogenase activity were detected in R. leguminosarum bacteroids from different hosts, with the exception of lentil (Lens culinaris). Transcription analysis showed that the NifA-regulated R. leguminosarum hydrogenase structural(More)