Purification and Properties of Nitrite Reductase from Escherichia coli K12 By KATHLEEN J. COLEMAN,* ATHEL


NADH-nitrite oxidoreductase (EC was purified to better than 95 % homogeneity from batch cultures of Escherichia coli strain OR75Ch15, which is partially constitutive for nitrite reductase synthesis. Yields of purified enzyme were low, mainly because of a large loss of activity during chromatography on DEAE-cellulose. The quantitative separation of cytochrome c-552 from nitrite reductase activity resulted in an increase in the specific activity of the enzyme: this cytochrome is not therefore an integral part of nitrite reductase. The subunit molecular weights of nitrite reductase and of a haemoprotein contaminant, as determined by sodium dodecyl sulphate/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis, were 88000 and 80000 respectively. The sedimentation coefficient was calculated to be in the range 8.5-9.5S, consistent with a mol.wt. of 190000. It is suggested therefore that the native enzyme is a dimer with two identical or similar-sized subunits. Purest samples contained 0.4mol of fiavin/mol of enzyme, but no detectable haem. Catalytic activity was totally inhibited by 20,uM-p-chloromercuribenzoate and 1 mM-cyanide, slightly inhibited by IpM-sulphite and lOmM-arsenite, but was insensitive to mM-2,2'bipyridine, 4mM-1,10-phenanthroline and 10mM-NaN3. Three molecules of NADH were oxidized for each NO2ion reduced: the product of the reaction is therefore assumed to be NH4+. The specific activity of hydroxylamine reductase increased at each step in the purification of nitrite reductase, and the elution profiles for these two activities during chromatography on DEAE-Sephadex were coincident. It is likely that a single enzyme is responsible for both activities.

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@inproceedings{Cole2005PurificationAP, title={Purification and Properties of Nitrite Reductase from Escherichia coli K12 By KATHLEEN J. COLEMAN,* ATHEL}, author={Jeff A. Cole}, year={2005} }