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Heterocysts, sites of nitrogen fixation in certain filamentous cyanobacteria, are limited to a heterotrophic metabolism, rather than the photoautotrophic metabolism characteristic of cyanobacterial vegetative cells. The metabolic route of carbon catabolism in the supply of reductant to nitrogenase and for respiratory electron transport in heterocysts is(More)
Nostoc punctiforme is a phenotypically complex, filamentous, nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium, whose vegetative cells can mature in four developmental directions. The particular developmental direction is determined by environmental signals. The vegetative cell cycle is maintained when nutrients are sufficient. Limitation for combined nitrogen induces the(More)
The vegetative cells of the filamentous cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme can differentiate into three mutually exclusive cell types: nitrogen-fixing heterocysts, spore-like akinetes, and motile hormogomium filaments. A DNA microarray consisting of 6,893 N. punctiforme genes was used to identify the global transcription patterns at single time points in the(More)
Alkaline phosphatase activity and phosphate transport rates in Rhizobium meliloti increased significantly when medium phosphate levels decreased to approximately 10 (mu)M. Both responses were abolished in a Tn5:: phoB mutant, but the mutant could be complemented by a plasmid that contained cloned R. meliloti phoB. The PhoB(sup-) mutant had a normal(More)
Cyanobacterial lipid droplets (LDs) are packed with hydrophobic energy-dense compounds and have great potential for biotechnological expression and the compartmentalization of high value compounds. Nostoc punctiforme normally accumulates LDs containing neutral lipids, and small amounts of heptadecane, during the stationary phase of growth. In this study, we(More)
Sinorhizobium meliloti 104A14 was mutated with transposon Tn5B22, which creates lacZ transcriptional fusions when inserted in the correct orientation relative to the promoter. This promoter reporter allowed us to identify six phosphate stress inducible (psi) genes in S. meliloti that are up-regulated in response to inorganic phosphate (Pi) starvation. The(More)
Two transcriptional reporter shuttle vectors were constructed for the filamentous cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme using the green fluorescence protein (GFP) reporter. Both the ampicillin- and kanamycin-resistant versions of the plasmid allow promoters to be directionally cloned into a multiple cloning site preceding a promoterless gfp gene using an(More)
Strain UCD 311 is a transposon-induced mutant of Nostoc sp. strain ATC C 29133 that is unable to fix nitrogen in air but does so under anoxic conditions and is able to establish a functional symbiotic association with the hornwort Anthoceros punctatus. These properties of strain UCD 311 are consistent with previous observations that protection against(More)
The gene encoding glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), zwf, in Nostoc punctiforme strain ATCC 29133 is part of a four-gene operon that also encodes fructose bisphosphatase (fbp), transaldolase (tal) and a gene product termed OpcA, which is contranscribed with zwf and essential for G6PD activity. The effect of exogenous nitrogen and carbon sources on(More)