Ortwin Meyer

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Several decades after the discovery of selenium as an essential trace element in vertebrates approximately 20 eukaryotic and more than 15 prokaryotic selenoproteins containing the 21st proteinogenic amino acid, selenocysteine, have been identified, partially characterized or cloned from several species. Many of these proteins are involved in redox reactions(More)
N2 fixation by Streptomyces thermoautotrophicus follows the equation N2 + 4-12MgATP + 8H+ + 8e- --> 2NH3 + H2 + 4-12MgADP + 4-12Pi and exhibits features which are not obvious in the diazotrophic bacteria studied so far. The reaction is coupled to the oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) by a molybdenum-containing CO dehydrogenase that transfers the electrons(More)
Seven different actA subtypes forming two phylogenetic lineages could be distinguished by sequencing the actA gene of Listeria seeligeri isolates from different habitats. Isolates of the two lineages differ in hemolytic as well as phospholipase activities and in the arrangement of the virulence gene cluster. The presence of a serine protease gene resembling(More)
CoxD of the α-proteobacterium Oligotropha carboxidovorans is a membrane protein which is involved in the posttranslational biosynthesis of the [CuSMoO₂] cluster in the active site of the enzyme CO dehydrogenase. The bacteria synthesize CoxD only in the presence of CO. Recombinant CoxD produced in E. coli K38 pGP1-2/pETMW2 appeared in inclusion bodies from(More)
Oligotropha carboxidovorans is characterized by the aerobic chemolithoautotrophic utilization of CO. CO oxidation by CO dehydrogenase proceeds at a unique bimetallic [CuSMoO2] cluster which matures posttranslationally while integrated into the completely folded apoenzyme. Kanamycin insertional mutants in coxE, coxF and coxG were characterized with respect(More)
The ammonia monooxygenase (AMO) of Nitrosomonas europaea is a metalloenzyme that catalyses the oxidation of ammonia to hydroxylamine. We have identified histidine 191 of AmoA as the binding site for the oxidized mechanism-based inactivator acetylene. Binding of acetylene changed the molecular mass of His-191 from 155.15 to 197.2 Da (+42.05), providing(More)
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