Jindong Zhao

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HetR plays a key role in regulation of heterocyst differentiation. When the Cys-48 residue of the HetR from Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 was replaced with an Ala residue, the mutant HetR (HetR(C48A)) could not dimerize, indicating that HetR forms a homodimer through a disulfide bond. The Anabaena strain C48, containing the hetRc48a gene, could not produce HetR(More)
MreB is a bacterial actin that plays important roles in determination of cell shape and chromosome partitioning in Escherichia coli and Caulobacter crescentus. In this study, the mreB from the filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 was inactivated. Although the mreB null mutant showed a drastic change in cell shape, its growth rate, cell division(More)
Superoxide dismutases (Sods) play very important roles in preventing oxidative damages in aerobic organisms. The nitrogen-fixing heterocystous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120 has two Sod-encoding genes: a sodB, encoding a soluble iron-containing Sod (FeSod), and a sodA, encoding a manganese-containing Sod (MnSod). The FeSod was purified and(More)
We investigated the functions of a membrane-associated manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) of the heterocystous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. PCC 7120. The gene sodA encoding MnSOD was inactivated by interposon mutagenesis and it was confirmed by Southern hybridization and immunoblotting. The strain A17, lacking sodA, grew more slowly than the wild type,(More)
Although it is known that calcium is a very important messenger involved in many eukaryotic cellular processes, much less is known about calcium's role in bacteria. CcbP, a Ca(2+)-binding protein, was isolated from the heterocystous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. PCC 7120, and the ccbP gene was cloned and inactivated. In the absence of combined nitrogen,(More)
PII is an important signal protein for regulation of nitrogen metabolism in bacteria and plants. We constructed a mutant of glnB, encoding PII, in a heterocystous cyanobacterium, Anabaena sp. PCC 7120, with a cre-loxP system. The mutant (MP2alpha) grew more slowly than the wild type under all nitrogen regimens. It excreted a large amount of ammonium when(More)
Exposure of blue-green or red algal cells to temperatures exceeding 60–65°C for several minutes resulted in bleaching of all phycobilin absorption in the visible range, with virtually no alteration in chlorophyll or carotenoid absorption. Difference spectra of non-bleached vs bleached cells appeared identical to absorption spectra of purified phycobilisomes(More)
The heterocyst is a specialized cell for nitrogen fixation in some filamentous cyanobacteria. Here we report that a rubrerythrin (RbrA) from Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 functions as a peroxidase in heterocysts and plays an important role in protection of nitrogenase. The electron donor for RbrA in H(2)O(2) reduction is NADPH and the electron transfer from NADPH(More)
The hetR gene plays an important role in heterocyst development and pattern formation in heterocystous cyanobacteria. The hetR gene from Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 was overexpressed in Escherichia coli. Antibodies raised against the recombinant HetR protein (rHetR) were used to characterize metabolism of the HetR of Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 in vivo. HetR was(More)
Aldo-keto reductases (AKRs) are a superfamily of enzymes that reduce aldehydes and ketones, and have a broad range of substrates. An AKR gene, sakR1, was identified in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002. A mutant strain with sakR1 inactivated was sensitive to glycerol, a carbon source that can support heterotrophic growth of Synechococcus sp. PCC(More)