Characterization of the [NiFe] hydrogenase from the sulfate reducer Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough

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The [NiFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough was isolated from the cytoplasmic membranes and characterized by EPR spectroscopy. It has a total molecular mass of 98.7 kDa (subunits of 66.4 and 32.3 kDa), and contains 1 nickel and 12 Fe atoms per heterodimer. The catalytic activities for hydrogen consumption and production were determined to be 174 and 89 μmol H2·min-1·mg-1, respectively. As isolated, under aerobic conditions, this hydrogenase exhibits EPR signals characteristic of the nickel centers in [NiFe] hydrogenases (Ni-A signal at g(x,y,z) = 2.32, 2.23 and ~ 2.0 and Ni-B signal at g(x,y,z) = 2.33, 2.16 and ~ 2.0) as well as an intense quasi-isotropic signal centered at g = 2.02 due to the oxidized [3Fe-4S] center. The redox profile under hydrogen atmosphere is remarkably similar to that of other [NiFe] hydrogenases. The signals observed for the oxidized state disappear, first being substituted by the Ni-C type signal (g(x,y,z) = 2.19, 2.14, ~ 2.01), which upon long incubation under hydrogen yields the split Ni-C signal due to interaction with the reduced [4Fe-4S] centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 1997


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