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  1. Multiple chromosomes of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    1989-01-01

    The number of copies of the genes leuB, nifH, nifD, and nifK per cell of Azotobacter vinelandii has been determined to be about 80. A beta-lactamase gene was integrated into the A. vinelandii chromosome by single-point crossover. Subsequently, we have been able to detect nearly 80 copies of this beta-lactamase gene per cell of A. vinelandii when cultured for a large number of generations in the presence of ampicillin. The multiple copies of the beta-lactamase gene do not seem to be present on...

  2. Chemotactic Behavior of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Haneline, Stephen; Connelly, Carla J.; Melton, Thoyd

    1991-01-01

    Chemotaxis was exhibited by Azotobacter vinelandii motile cells. Exposure of cells to sudden increases in attractant concentration suppressed the frequency of tumbling and resulted in smooth swimming. Cells responded chemotactically to a chemical gradient produced during metabolism. Motility occurred over a temperature range of 25 to 37°C with an optimum pH range of between pH 7.0 and 8.0. The average speed of motile cells was determined to be 74 μm/s or 37 body lengths per s. The speed of ce...

  3. Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex from Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Bresters, T.W.

    1975-01-01

    The isolation and some alternatives for purification of PDC from Azotobacter vinelandii are described (CHAPTER 3). Ultimate extent and recovery seem to be limited by the lability of the enzyme: sensitivity to shearing forces. Moreover, sedimentation-velocity runs and light-scattering experiments sho

  4. Distribution of azotobacter in rhizosphere of maize

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    Azotobacter distribution and species composition were studied under maize rhizosphere at four growth stages and in the uncropped soil (control). The study was conducted in the glazed pots with 10 kg soil in each pot. Soil in the pots was enriched with 20 mg N/kg and 15 mg/P/kg in the form of urea and single super phosphate, respectively. Six plants of maize variety Akbar were grown in 32 pots. Four pots were used as control (check). Sampling was done at four growth stages of 20, 40, 60 and 80 days after the germination of the crop. Results indicated that Azotobacter population increased as the plant growth progressed, reached maximum (1320) cells g/sup -1/ of soil at flowering stage and then declined. A chroococcum was found to be the dominant species in the main rhizosphere. (author)

  5. Phosphate solubilization characteristics of efficient nitrogen fixing soil Azotobacter strains.

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    Rahim Nosrati

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Azotobacter is a diazotroph bacterium reported to possess various plant growth-promoting characteristics.The aim of this study was to isolate Azotobacter strains capable of fixing nitrogen and effectively hydrolyzing both organic and inorganic Pi compounds.In this study, soil samples collected from a diverse range of slightly alkaline soil types were screened for Azotobacter isolates. The inorganic and organic phosphate solubilization potentials of twenty competent phosphate solubilizing Azotobacter isolates were assessed.Variations were noted in the solubilization potentials.Three isolates, identified as Azotobacter vinelandii strains O2, O4 and O6, were able to fix atmospheric N2 effectively. The nitrogenase activity of these isolates ranged between 158.6 and 326.4 C2H4h(-1vial(-1 (ethylene. Bacterial growth rates and phosphate solubilization activities were measured quantitatively under various environmental conditions. A close association was evident between phosphate solubilizing ability and growth rate as an indicator of active metabolism. All three phosphate solubilizing bacteria (PSB were able to withstand temperature as high as 45°C, high concentration of NaCl (upto 5% and a wide range of initial pH from 5 to 10 while hydrolyzing phosphate compounds actively.Azotobacter vinelandii strains O2, O4 and O6 are superior candidates for biofertilizers that may result in the reduction of chemical nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers leading to increase crop production.

  6. Chromosomal nif Genes Transfer by Conjugation in Nitrogen Fixing Azotobacter chroococcum to Lactobacillus plantarium

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    Adel Kamal Khider; Aras Muhammad Khidher

    2011-01-01

    To determine the possibility of transferring chromosomal nitrogen fixation genes (nif genes) from Azotobacter chroococcum to Lactobacillus planetarium, a total of 72 Azotobacter chroococcum isolated from Erbil governorate, Iraq were culturally, morphologically and biochemically characterized. Genes for atmospheric nitrogen fixation, located on the chromosome of Azotobacter chroococcum isolates were transferred by conjugation process to a recipient Lactobacillus plantarium isolated from Erbil ...

  7. Bioremediation of crude oil waste contaminated soil using petrophilic consortium and Azotobacter sp.

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    M. Fauzi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was aimed to determine the effect Petrophilic and Azotobacter sp. consortium on the rate of degradation of hydrocarbons, Azotobacter growth, and Petrophilic fungi growth in an Inceptisol contaminated with crude oil waste originating from Balongan refinery, one of Pertamina (Indonesia’s largest state-owned oil and gas company units in Indramayu – West Java. This study was conducted from March to April 2014 in the glasshouse of research station of the Faculty of Agriculture, Padjadjaran University at Ciparanje, Jatinangor District, Sumedang Regency of West Java. This study used a factorial completely randomized design with two treatments. The first treatment factor was Petrophilic microbes (A consisting of four levels (without treatment, 2% Petrophilic fungi, 2% Petrophilic bacteria, and the 2% Petrophilic consortium, and Azotobacter sp. The second treatment factor was Azotobacter sp. (B consisting of four levels (without treatment, 0.5%, Azotobacter sp., 1% Azotobacter sp., and 1.5% Azotobacter sp. The results demonstrated interaction between Petrophilic microbes and Azotobacter sp. towards hydrocarbon degradation rate, but no interaction was found towards the growth rate of Azotobacter sp. and Petrophilic fungi. Treatments of a1b3 (2% consortium of Petrophilic fungi with 1.5% Azotobacter sp. and a3b3 (2% Petrophilic consortium and 1.5% Azotobacter sp. had hydrocarbon degradation rate at 0.22 ppm/day for each treatment, showing the highest hydrocarbon degradation rate.

  8. Iron-molybdenum cofactor synthesis in Azotobacter vinelandii Nif- mutants.

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    Imperial, J; Shah, V K; Ugalde, R A; Ludden, P W; Brill, W J

    1987-01-01

    Nif- mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii defective in dinitrogenase activity synthesized iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) and accumulated it in two protein-bound forms: inactive dinitrogenase and a possible intermediate involved in the FeMo-co biosynthetic pathway. FeMo-co from both these proteins could activate apo-dinitrogenase from FeMo-co-deficient mutants.

  9. Studies on 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase multienzyme complexes of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Bosma, H.J.

    1984-01-01

    In this thesis, some studies on the pyruvate dehydrogenase and 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase multienzyme complexes of Azotobacter vinelandii are described; the emphasis strongly lies on the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex.A survey of the literature on 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complexes is given in chap

  10. Hydrogen-mediated enhancement of hydrogenase expression in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Prosser, J; Graham, L; Maier, R J

    1988-01-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii cultures express more H2 uptake hydrogenase activity when fixing N2 than when provided with fixed N. Hydrogen, a product of the nitrogenase reaction, is at least partly responsible for this increase. The addition of H2 to NH4+-grown wild-type cultures caused increased whole-cell H2 uptake activity, methylene blue-dependent H2 uptake activity of membranes, and accumulation of hydrogenase protein (large subunit as detected immunologically) in membranes. Both rifampin and ...

  11. Presence of a Vanadium Nitrogenase in Azotobacter paspali

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    Fallik, Elazar; Hartel, Peter G.; Robson, Robert L.

    1993-01-01

    There have been no previous studies on the genetics of Azotobacter paspali, an aerobic bacterium which forms a highly specific diazotrophic association with Bahia grass (Paspalum notatum). We constructed A. paspali strains defective in the molybdenum nitrogenase so that alternative N2ases could be studied. The cosmid vector pTBE and genomic DNA fragments (∼50 kb) of A. paspali ATCC 23367 were used to construct a gene library in Escherichia coli. Recombinant cosmids containing sequences homolo...

  12. Evidence for an alternative nitrogen fixation system in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Bishop, P E; Jarlenski, D M; Hetherington, D R

    1980-01-01

    Two Azotobacter vinelandii strains capable of growing on N2(Nif+) were isolated from two different mutant strains that lacked dinitrogenase activity (Nif-). Extracts of N2-grown cells of the two Nif+ strains lacked significant amounts of the "conventional" dinitrogenase protein subunits, as determined by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Instead, the extracts contained at least four new proteins that appeared to be ammonia-repressible (i.e., they were not detected in extracts of ammonia-gr...

  13. Expression of an alternative nitrogen fixation system in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Bishop, P E; Jarlenski, D M; Hetherington, D R

    1982-01-01

    Nitrogenase activities were determined from maximum acetylene reduction rates for mutant strains of Azotobacter vinelandii which are unable to fix N2 in the presence of molybdenum (Nif-) but undergo phenotypic reversal to Nif+ under conditions of Mo deficiency. The system responsible for N2 fixation under these conditions is thought to be an alternative N2 fixation system (Bishop et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 77:7342-7346, 1980). Phenotypic reversal of Nif- strains to Nif+ strains was...

  14. Transcriptional regulation of nitrogen fixation by molybdenum in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Jacobson, M R; Premakumar, R; Bishop, P E

    1986-01-01

    Multiple genomic regions homologous to nifH were found in the diazotroph Azotobacter vinelandii. The nifHDK gene cluster, located on a 12.8-kilobase (kb) XhoI fragment and two additional XhoI fragments (7.4 and 8.4 kb) hybridized to a nifH-specific DNA template but the 7.4- and 8.4-kb fragments did not hybridize to nifD- or nifK-specific DNA probes. In vivo transcription of the nifHDK gene cluster was ammonia-repressible and required the presence of at least 50 nM molybdenum in the derepressi...

  15. Molecular cloning of nif DNA from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Bishop, P E; Rizzo, T M; Bott, K F

    1985-01-01

    Two clones which contained nif DNA were isolated from a clone bank of total EcoRI-digested Azotobacter vinelandii DNA. The clones carrying the recombinant plasmids were identified by use of the 32P-labeled 6.2-kilobase (kb) nif insert from pSA30 (which contains the Klebsiella pneumoniae nifK, nifD, and nifH genes) as a hybridization probe. Hybridization analysis with fragments derived from the nif insert of pSA30 showed that the 2.6-kb insert from one of the plasmids (pLB1) contains nifK wher...

  16. A new method of recovering polyhydroxyalkanoate from Azotobacter

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    2000-01-01

    After polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) fermentation for 42-48 h by the Azotobacter chroococcum G-3, the PHA content reached more than 75% of the dry weight. Biomass was isolated from culture by centrifugation and pretreated with freezing to release PHA pellet, then was treated with 10 g/L sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) for 15 min to effectively solubilize lipid and protein. Subsequently, it was further purified by digesting with 30% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) for 3 min to remove peptidoglycan and non-PHA biomass. Finally, 98% PHA was obtained by diluting and rinsing with water, and the PHA recovered was suitable for processing.

  17. Efecto de diferentes plaguicidas sobre el crecimiento de Azotobacter chroococcum

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    Diego Rivera

    2010-06-01

    dichlorovinyl-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane carboxylate (RS-cyano-3-phenoxybenzyl; S-metolachlor:(S-2-chloro-N-(2-ethyl-6-methyl-phenyl-N-(2-methoxy-1-methyl-ethyl-acetamide; Fluometuron: 1,1-dimethyl-3 (alpha, alpha, alpha-trifluoro-m-tolyl urea and Glyphosate: (N-(phosphonomethyl glycine on the viability of biological inoculant Monibac ® - Corpoica whose active ingredient is based on non-symbiotic diazotrophic bacteria Azotobacter chroococcum AC1, applying the minimum inhibitory concentration and compatibility techniques. The results demonstrated the susceptibility of the organism Cypermethrin 50% and when it is mixed with other pesticides in the rate used in the field regularly. It was found that there were no significant effects (P< 0,05 of pesticides (Carboxin, Thiram, Imidacloprid, S-metolachlor, Fluometuron and Glyphosate under the different concentrations tested suggesting that this bacterium is able to tolerate these chemicals by different physiological mechanisms without affecting their growth in laboratory level. Key words: Azotobacter chroococcum, agrochemicals, bacteria, biofertilizer, inhibition

  18. Pengaruh pupuk kandang dan NPK terhadap populasi bakteri Azotobacter dan Azospirillum dalam tanah pada budidaya cabai (Capsicum annum)

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    MUJIYATI; SUPRIYADI

    2009-01-01

    Mujiyati, Supriyadi. 2009. Pengaruh pupuk kandang dan NPK terhadap populasibakteri Azotobacter dan Azospirillum dalam tanah pada budidaya cabai (Capsicumannum). Bioteknologi 6: 63-69. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah mengetahui peningkatan populasi bakteri Azotobacter dan Azospirillum akibat pemberian pupuk kandang. Percobaan menggunakan rancangan acak kelompok dengan perlakuan: (i) tanpa pupuk sebagai kontrol, (ii) dengan pupuk kandang, (iii) dengan pupuk NPK. Data dikumpulkan se...

  19. Azotobacter vinelandii NADPH:ferredoxin reductase cloning, sequencing, and overexpression.

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    Isas, J M; Yannone, S M; Burgess, B K

    1995-09-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii ferredoxin I (AvFdI) controls the expression of another protein that was originally designated Protein X. Recently we reported that Protein X is a NADPH-specific flavoprotein that binds specifically to FdI (Isas, J.M., and Burgess, B.K. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 19404-19409). The gene encoding this protein has now been cloned and sequenced. Protein X is 33% identical and has an overall 53% similarity with the fpr gene product from Escherichia coli that encodes NADPH:ferredoxin reductase. On the basis of this similarity and the similarity of the physical properties of the two proteins, we now designate Protein X as A. vinelandii NADPH:ferredoxin reductase and its gene as the fpr gene. The protein has been overexpressed in its native background in A. vinelandii by using the broad host range multicopy plasmid, pKT230. In addition to being regulated by FdI, the fpr gene product is overexpressed when A. vinelandii is grown under N2-fixing conditions even though the fpr gene is not preceded by a nif specific promoter. By analogy to what is known about fpr expression in E. coli, we propose that FdI may exert its regulatory effect on fpr by interacting with the SoxRS regulon. PMID:7673160

  20. Transcriptional profiling of nitrogen fixation in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Hamilton, Trinity L; Ludwig, Marcus; Dixon, Ray; Boyd, Eric S; Dos Santos, Patricia C; Setubal, João C; Bryant, Donald A; Dean, Dennis R; Peters, John W

    2011-09-01

    Most biological nitrogen (N(2)) fixation results from the activity of a molybdenum-dependent nitrogenase, a complex iron-sulfur enzyme found associated with a diversity of bacteria and some methanogenic archaea. Azotobacter vinelandii, an obligate aerobe, fixes nitrogen via the oxygen-sensitive Mo nitrogenase but is also able to fix nitrogen through the activities of genetically distinct alternative forms of nitrogenase designated the Vnf and Anf systems when Mo is limiting. The Vnf system appears to replace Mo with V, and the Anf system is thought to contain Fe as the only transition metal within the respective active site metallocofactors. Prior genetic analyses suggest that a number of nif-encoded components are involved in the Vnf and Anf systems. Genome-wide transcription profiling of A. vinelandii cultured under nitrogen-fixing conditions under various metal amendments (e.g., Mo or V) revealed the discrete complement of genes associated with each nitrogenase system and the extent of cross talk between the systems. In addition, changes in transcript levels of genes not directly involved in N(2) fixation provided insight into the integration of central metabolic processes and the oxygen-sensitive process of N(2) fixation in this obligate aerobe. The results underscored significant differences between Mo-dependent and Mo-independent diazotrophic growth that highlight the significant advantages of diazotrophic growth in the presence of Mo. PMID:21724999

  1. Presence of a Vanadium Nitrogenase in Azotobacter paspali.

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    Fallik, E; Hartel, P G; Robson, R L

    1993-06-01

    There have been no previous studies on the genetics of Azotobacter paspali, an aerobic bacterium which forms a highly specific diazotrophic association with Bahia grass (Paspalum notatum). We constructed A. paspali strains defective in the molybdenum nitrogenase so that alternative N(2)ases could be studied. The cosmid vector pTBE and genomic DNA fragments ( approximately 50 kb) of A. paspali ATCC 23367 were used to construct a gene library in Escherichia coli. Recombinant cosmids containing sequences homologous to molybdenum nitrogenase nifDK structural genes were identified by hybridization. A 2.9-kb fragment bearing the putative nifDK genes of A. paspali was subcloned and mutagenized in vitro by the insertion of a kanamycin resistance gene cassette. The mutation was recombined into the chromosome of A. paspali with the suicide vector pCU101. One resultant mutant strain, AP2, was incapable of diazotrophic growth in a molybdenum-containing medium (Nif) without vanadium but grew well in a molybdenum-deficient medium with vanadium. The nitrogenase system in AP2 reduced acetylene to ethylene and produced ethane as 2.4% of the total products. Molybdenum levels as low as 10 nM prevented the diazotrophic growth of AP2, even in the presence of vanadium at levels up to 10 muM. These results are consistent with the existence of a vanadium nitrogenase system in A. paspali. PMID:16348965

  2. Screening of Azotobacter isolates for PGP properties and antifungal activity

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    Bjelić Dragana Đ.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Аmong 50 bacterial isolates obtained from maize rhizospherе, 13 isolates belonged to the genus Azotobacter. Isolates were biochemically characterized and estimated for pH and halo tolerance ability and antibiotic resistance. According to characterization, the six representative isolates were selected and further screened in vitro for plant growth promoting properties: production of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA, siderophores, hydrogen cyanide (HCN, exopolysaccharides, phosphate solubilization and antifungal activity (vs. Helminthosporium sp., Macrophomina sp., Fusarium sp.. Beside HCN production, PGP properties were detected for all isolates except Azt7. All isolates produced IAA in the medium without L-tryptophan and the amount of produced IAA increased with concentration of precursor in medium. The highest amount of IAA was produced by isolates Azt4 (37.69 and 45.86 μg ml-1 and Azt5 (29.44 and 50.38 μg ml-1 in the medium with addition of L-tryptophan (2.5 and 5 mM. The isolates showed the highest antifungal activity against Helminthosporium sp. and the smallest antagonistic effect on Macrophomina sp. Radial Growth Inhibition (RGI obtained by the confrontation of isolates with tested phytopathogenic fungi, ranged from 10 to 48%. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 31073

  3. The role of alginate in Azotobacter vinelandii aggregation in submerged culture Papel del alginato en la agregación de Azotobacter vinelandii en cultivo sumergido

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    Peña Carlos

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The culture of strain LA21, a non-mucoid strain of Azotobacter vinelandii derivative of ATCC 9046, revealed that alginate is not necessary for aggregate formation. In fact, the non-mucoid strain LA21 developed aggregates significantly larger than those of the mucoid strain (ATCC 9046, which suggests that alginate has a detrimental effect on the aggregate size, due to its properties as a surface active agent. Treating the aggregates with a protease caused a decrease in the equivalent diameter of the structures, suggesting the participation of extracellular proteins in the aggregation. Key words: Aggregation; Azotobacter vinelandii; alginate; mutant strain; mucoid.El cultivo de la cepa LA21, una cepa no-mucoide de Azotobacter vinelandii, derivada de la cepa parental ATCC9046, reveló que el alginato no es necesario para la formación de los agregados celulares. De hecho, la cepa mutante desarrolló agregados significativamente más grandes que los generados por la cepa parental mucoide (ATCC9046, lo cual sugiere que el alginato ejerce un efecto negativo sobre el tamaño de agregación debido a sus propiedades como agente tensoactivo. Al tratar los agregados con proteasas se produjo una disminución en el diámetro equivalente de las estructuras, sugiriendo la participación de proteínas extracelulares en el proceso de agregación de la bacteria. Palabras clave: agregación; Azotobacter vinelandii; alginato; cepa mutante; mucoide.

  4. Indole Acetic Acid Production by the Indigenous Isolates of Azotobacter and Fluorescent Pseudomonas in the Presence and Absence of Tryptophan

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    Ahmad, Farah; Ahmad, Iqbal; KHAN, Mohd Saghir

    2005-01-01

    A total of 21 bacterial isolates (Azotobacter sp., 10 and fluorescent Pseudomonas sp., 11) were isolated from different rhizospheric soils in the vicinity of Aligarh city and characterized as per standard methods. These isolates were further tested for the production of indole acetic acid (IAA) in a medium with 0, 1, 2 and 5 mg/ml of tryptophan. A low amount (2.68-10.80 mg/ml) of IAA production was recorded by Azotobacter strains without tryptophan addition. Seven Azotobacter isolates showed ...

  5. Formation of on- and off-pathway intermediates in the folding kinetics of Azotobacter vinelandii apoflavodoxin.

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    Bollen, Y.J.M.; Sanchez, I.E.; Mierlo, van C.P.M.

    2004-01-01

    The folding kinetics of the 179-residue Azotobacter vinelandii apoflavodoxin, which has an alpha-beta parallel topology, have been followed by stopped-flow experiments monitored by fluorescence intensity and anisotropy. Single-jump and interrupted refolding experiments show that the refolding kineti

  6. Differential accumulation of nif structural gene mRNA in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Hamilton, Trinity L; Jacobson, Marty; Ludwig, Marcus; Boyd, Eric S; Bryant, Donald A; Dean, Dennis R; Peters, John W

    2011-09-01

    Northern analysis was employed to investigate mRNA produced by mutant strains of Azotobacter vinelandii with defined deletions in the nif structural genes and in the intergenic noncoding regions. The results indicate that intergenic RNA secondary structures effect the differential accumulation of transcripts, supporting the high Fe protein-to-MoFe protein ratio required for optimal diazotrophic growth. PMID:21725008

  7. Differential Accumulation of nifStructural Gene mRNA in Azotobacter vinelandii ▿

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    Hamilton, Trinity L.; Jacobson, Marty; Ludwig, Marcus; Boyd, Eric S.; Bryant, Donald A.; Dean, Dennis R.; Peters, John W.

    2011-01-01

    Northern analysis was employed to investigate mRNA produced by mutant strains of Azotobacter vinelandiiwith defined deletions in the nifstructural genes and in the intergenic noncoding regions. The results indicate that intergenic RNA secondary structures effect the differential accumulation of transcripts, supporting the high Fe protein-to-MoFe protein ratio required for optimal diazotrophic growth.

  8. Effect of manure and NPK to increase soil bacterial population of Azotobacter and Azospirillus in chili (Capsicum annum) cultivation

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    SUPRIYADI; MUJIYATI

    2009-01-01

    Mujiyati, Supriyadi. 2009. Effect of manure and NPK to increase soil bacterial population of Azotobacter and Azospirillum in chili (Capsicum annum) cultivation. Nusantara Bioscience 1: 59-64. The objectives of this research were to find out the increase number of two bacterials populations, Azotobacter and Azospirillum, due to the use of manure fertilizer. The exsperiment was conducted using group randomly designed with two treatments. The plant populations were treated (i) whithout fertilize...

  9. Isolation, screening, and molecular characterization of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria isolates of Azotobacter and Trichoderma and their beneficial activities

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    Kasa, Parameswari; Modugapalem, Hemalatha; Battini, Kishori

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: The present study was conducted for isolation, screening, and identification of Azotobacter and Trichoderma from different soil samples. Methods: A total of 10 isolates of Azotobacter and Trichoderma were isolated from rhizospheric soils. The test isolates were biochemically characterized and screened in in-vitro conditions for their plant growth promoting properties. DNA polymorphism of isolates was studied using randomly amplified polymorphic DNA analysis. Results: A total of 41...

  10. The Basis of Ammonium Release in nifL Mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Brewin, Brett; Woodley, Paul; DRUMMOND, MARTIN

    1999-01-01

    In Azotobacter vinelandii, nitrogen fixation is regulated at the transcriptional level by an unusual two-component system encoded by nifLA. Certain mutations in nifL result in the bacterium releasing large quantities of ammonium into the medium, and earlier work suggested that this occurs by a mechanism that does not involve NifA, the activator of nif gene transcription. We have investigated a number of possible alternative mechanisms and find no evidence for their involvement in ammonium rel...

  11. Azotobacter vinelandii nifD- and nifE-encoded polypeptides share structural homology

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    Dean, Dennis R.; Brigle, Kevin E.

    1985-01-01

    The Azotobacter vinelandii nifE gene was isolated and its complete nucleotide sequence was determined. The amino acid sequences deduced from the A. vinelandii nifE and nifD gene sequences were compared and found to share striking primary sequence homology. This homology implies a functional and possibly an evolutionary relationship between these two gene products. The structural homology is discussed with regard to the potential FeMo cofactor binding properties of these polypeptides and the p...

  12. Physical and genetic map of the major nif gene cluster from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Jacobson, M R; Brigle, K E; Bennett, L T; Setterquist, R. A.; Wilson, M S; Cash, V L; Beynon, J; Newton, W E; Dean, D R

    1989-01-01

    Determination of a 28,793-base-pair DNA sequence of a region from the Azotobacter vinelandii genome that includes and flanks the nitrogenase structural gene region was completed. This information was used to revise the previously proposed organization of the major nif cluster. The major nif cluster from A. vinelandii encodes 15 nif-specific genes whose products bear significant structural identity to the corresponding nif-specific gene products from Klebsiella pneumoniae. These genes include ...

  13. Catalytic mechanism of hydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii. Final technical report, August 1, 1994--July 31, 1997

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    Arp, D.J.

    1997-10-01

    This project is focused on investigations of the catalytic mechanism of the hydrogenase found in the aerobic, N{sub 2}-fixing microorganism Azotobacter vinelandii. This report summarizes the progress during the first two years of the current project and include the anticipated course of the research for the remaining year of the current project. Because the current proposal represents a change in direction, the authors also include a brief progress report of prior DOE-sponsored research dealing with hydrogenases.

  14. Characterization and site-directed mutagenesis of NifU from Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Jack, Richard F.

    1995-01-01

    In order to elucidate the function of the nifU gene product in nitrogenase maturation in Azotobacter vinelandii. the gene product has been hyperexpressed in Escherichia coli and characterized by various biophysical techniques. Following the initial characterization, site-directed mutagenesis of conserved cysteinyl residues was performed in order to gain further insight into the structure/function relationship of NifU. Both the Fe protein and the MoFe protein of nitrogena...

  15. SOME PROPERTIES OF MELANIN PRODUCED BY AZOTOBACTER CHROOCOCCUM AND ITS POSSIBLE APPLICATION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

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    Gospodaryov, D.; Lushchak, V.

    2011-01-01

    The strain of bacteria Azotobacter chroococcum, producing and excreting melanin, was isolated. Melanin excretion was observed only on Ashby medium with benzoic acid, but not on the medium with mannitol as carbon source. Some properties of bacterial melanin (absorption spectrum, reduction of permanganates to manganates, rate of bleaching by hydrogen peroxide, coprecipitation with calcium ions) and conditions of its production (dependence on copper ion concentration) were described. A scheme of...

  16. Interaction of technetium and molybdenum in nitrogenase inhibition in Azotobacter chroococcum

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    Azotobacter chroococcum cultures were grown with and without Tc, using 99Mo and sup(95m)Tc as Mo and Tc tracers. Tc does inhibit nitrogenase and Mo accumulation, but does not affect the Mo content of nitrogenase MoFe protein and seems to have less affinity for this than for protein compounds in general. Hence the inhibition is unlikely to be due to substitution of Mo by Tc. (UK)

  17. Chromosomal nif Genes Transfer by Conjugation in Nitrogen Fixing Azotobacter chroococcum to Lactobacillus plantarium

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    Adel Kamal Khider

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available To determine the possibility of transferring chromosomal nitrogen fixation genes (nif genes from Azotobacter chroococcum to Lactobacillus planetarium, a total of 72 Azotobacter chroococcum isolated from Erbil governorate, Iraq were culturally, morphologically and biochemically characterized. Genes for atmospheric nitrogen fixation, located on the chromosome of Azotobacter chroococcum isolates were transferred by conjugation process to a recipient Lactobacillus plantarium isolated from Erbil city soils. The chromosomal genes transferred were verified by analysis of the genomes of donor, recipient and putative transconjugants, by polymorphism of DNA bands obtained through amplification of nifH1, nifH2, nifH3, nifU and nifV genes by PCR technique. The transconjugant cells promote an efficient fixation of nitrogen in liquid cultures fixed 0.2% nitrogen, and in the soil as inoculums of wheat plants, fixed 0.31% nitrogen and solublized 11.71 ppm phosphorus, beside all advantages of Lactic acid bacteria, and probably to be used as inoculums for both nitrogen fixation and solublizing insoluble phosphorus components, and used as biofertilizers

  18. Protein Quantity and Quality of Safflower Seed Improved by NP Fertilizer and Rhizobacteria (Azospirillum and Azotobacter spp.)

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    Nosheen, Asia; Bano, Asghari; Yasmin, Humaira; Keyani, Rumana; Habib, Rabia; Shah, Syed T. A.; Naz, Rabia

    2016-01-01

    HIGHLIGHTS Rhizobacteria (Azotobacter spp.) have improved the quality and quantity of safflower seed protein.Protein quality was confirmed by SDS-PAGE and new bands were found in response to different combinations of rhizobacteria and lower doses of fertilizers.The PGPR application has reduced the use of fertilizers upto 50%. Protein is an essential part of the human diet. The aim of this present study was to improve the protein quality of safflower seed by the application of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) in combination with conventional nitrogen and phosphate (NP) fertilizers. The seeds of two safflower cultivars Thori and Saif-32, were inoculated with Azospirillum and Azotobacter and grown under field conditions. Protein content and quality was assessed by crude protein, amino acid analysis, and SDS-PAGE. Seed crude protein and amino acids (methionine, phenylalanine, and glutamic acid) showed significant improvements (55–1250%) by Azotobacter supplemented with a quarter dose of fertilizers (BTQ) at P ≤ 0.05. Additional protein bands were induced in Thori and Saif-32 by BTQ and BTH (Azotobacter supplemented with a half dose of fertilizer) respectively. The Azospirillum in combination with half dose of fertilizer (SPH) and BTQ enhanced both indole acetic acid (IAA) (90%) and gibberellic acid (GA) (23–27%) content in safflower leaf. Taken together, these data suggest that Azospirillum and Azotobacter along with significantly reduced (up to 75%) use of NP fertilizers could improve the quality and quantity of safflower seed protein. PMID:26941744

  19. Protein Quantity and Quality of Safflower Seed Improved by NP Fertilizer and Rhizobacteria (Azospirillum and Azotobacter spp.).

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    Nosheen, Asia; Bano, Asghari; Yasmin, Humaira; Keyani, Rumana; Habib, Rabia; Shah, Syed T A; Naz, Rabia

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    HIGHLIGHTS Rhizobacteria (Azotobacter spp.) have improved the quality and quantity of safflower seed protein.Protein quality was confirmed by SDS-PAGE and new bands were found in response to different combinations of rhizobacteria and lower doses of fertilizers.The PGPR application has reduced the use of fertilizers upto 50%. Protein is an essential part of the human diet. The aim of this present study was to improve the protein quality of safflower seed by the application of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) in combination with conventional nitrogen and phosphate (NP) fertilizers. The seeds of two safflower cultivars Thori and Saif-32, were inoculated with Azospirillum and Azotobacter and grown under field conditions. Protein content and quality was assessed by crude protein, amino acid analysis, and SDS-PAGE. Seed crude protein and amino acids (methionine, phenylalanine, and glutamic acid) showed significant improvements (55-1250%) by Azotobacter supplemented with a quarter dose of fertilizers (BTQ) at P ≤ 0.05. Additional protein bands were induced in Thori and Saif-32 by BTQ and BTH (Azotobacter supplemented with a half dose of fertilizer) respectively. The Azospirillum in combination with half dose of fertilizer (SPH) and BTQ enhanced both indole acetic acid (IAA) (90%) and gibberellic acid (GA) (23-27%) content in safflower leaf. Taken together, these data suggest that Azospirillum and Azotobacter along with significantly reduced (up to 75%) use of NP fertilizers could improve the quality and quantity of safflower seed protein. PMID:26941744

  20. Relative efficiency of Azotobacter and Azospirillum on yield and P utilization by wheat (Triticum Aestivum) with various N levels

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    Efficiency of 32P labelled single superphosphate along with N levels (0, 60, 80 and 120 kg/ha) and biofertilizers (Azotobacter and Azospirillum) was studied on wheat in Typic ustifluvent (saline phase) soil. Average grain and straw yield, total P uptake, per cent P derived by crop from applied phosphorus and its utilization in grain and straw increased either with Azospirillum or Azotobacter inoculation. However, the magnitude of increase in these attributes was of higher extent in presence of Azotobacter as compared to Azospirillum. The yield, uptake and utilization of P increased with increasing levels of N. Per cent Pdff was higher with all levels of N over control, whereas, it was at par with their successive levels. Interaction effect between levels of nitrogen and biofertilizers were also positive and significant at all levels of N with respect to yield and uptake of P, while per cent Pdff and its utilization by wheat was more pronounced at 60 and 80 kg N ha-1 in the presence of Azotobacter. Azospirillum was more effective at 60 kg of N than the other levels. Generally, Azotobacter performed better than the Azospirillum with respect to all parameters. (author)

  1. Nucleotide sequence and mutational analysis of the structural genes (anfHDGK) for the second alternative nitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Joerger, R D; Jacobson, M R; Premakumar, R; Wolfinger, E D; Bishop, P E

    1989-01-01

    The nucleotide sequence of a region of the Azotobacter vinelandii genome exhibiting sequence similarity to nifH has been determined. The order of open reading frames within this 6.1-kilobase-pair region was found to be anfH (alternative nitrogen fixation, nifH-like gene), anfD (nifD-like gene), anfG (potentially encoding a protein similar to the product of vnfG from Azotobacter chroococcum), anfK (nifK-like gene), followed by two additional open reading frames. The 5'-flanking region of anfH ...

  2. Inoculación del trigo var. Pavón con Azospirillum spp. y Azotobacter beijerinckii

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    M.M. Garc\\u00EDa-Gonz\\u00E1lez; R. Far\\u00EDas-Rodr\\u00EDguez; J.J. Pe\\u00F1a-Cabriales; J.M. S\\u00E1nchez-Y\\u00E1\\u00F1ez

    2005-01-01

    La respuesta positiva del trigo (Triticum aestivum L.) a la inoculación con bacterias benéficas de raíz (BBR), como: Azospirillum y Azotobacter, se basa en que estas BBR transforman los exudados radicales (ER) del trigo en sustancias promotoras del crecimiento vegetal (SPCV). Los objetivos de este trabajo fueron: I) analizar la dinámica de colonización de Azospirillum spp. y Azotobacter beijerinckii en las raíces del trigo, y 2) determinar la respuesta del trigo a la inoculación con Azospiril...

  3. Nucleotide sequence and mutational analysis of the vnfENX region of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Wolfinger, E D; Bishop, P E

    1991-01-01

    The nucleotide sequence (3,600 bp) of a second copy of nifENX-like genes in Azotobacter vinelandii has been determined. These genes are located immediately downstream from vnfA and have been designated vnfENX. The vnfENX genes appear to be organized as a single transcriptional unit that is preceded by a potential RpoN-dependent promoter. While the nifEN genes are thought to be evolutionarily related to nifDK, the vnfEN genes appear to be more closely related to nifEN than to either nifDK, vnf...

  4. Genes required for rapid expression of nitrogenase activity in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Curatti, Leonardo; Brown, Carolyn S.; Ludden, Paul W.; Rubio, Luis M.

    2005-01-01

    Rnf proteins are proposed to form membrane-protein complexes involved in the reduction of target proteins such as the transcriptional regulator SoxR or the dinitrogenase reductase component of nitrogenase. In this work, we investigate the role of rnf genes in the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii. We show that A. vinelandii has two clusters of rnf-like genes: rnf1, whose expression is nif-regulated, and rnf2, which is expressed independently of the nitrogen source in the medium...

  5. Spectroscopic and Functional Characterization of Iron-Bound Forms of Azotobacter vinelandiiNifIscA†

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    Mapolelo, Daphne T.; Zhang, Bo; Naik, Sunil G.; Huynh, Boi Hanh; Johnson, Michael K.

    2012-01-01

    The ability of Azotobacter vinelandii NifIscA to bind Fe has been investigated to assess the role of Fe-bound forms in NIF-specific Fe-S cluster biogenesis. NifIscA is shown to bind one Fe(III) or one Fe(II) per homodimer and the spectroscopic and redox properties of both the Fe(III)- and Fe(II)-bound forms have been characterized using the UV-visible absorption, CD and VTMCD, EPR, Mössbauer and resonance Raman spectroscopies. The results reveal a rhombic intermediate-spin (S = 3/2) Fe(III...

  6. Nucleotide sequence and genetic analysis of the nifB-nifQ region from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Joerger, R D; Bishop, P E

    1988-01-01

    A 3.8-kilobase-pair EcoRI fragment which corrects the mutations carried by the NifB- Azotobacter vinelandii strains CA30 and UW45 was cloned, and its nucleotide sequence was determined. Four complete open reading frames (ORFs) and two partial ORFs were found. The translation product of the first partial ORF is the carboxy-terminal end of a protein homologous to the nifA gene product from Klebsiella pneumoniae. A 285-base-pair sequence containing a potential nif promoter and nif regulatory sit...

  7. Mutagenesis of nifE and nifN from Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Wilson, Mark Steven Michael

    1988-01-01

    The products of nifE and nifN from Azotobacter vinelandii, which are involved in the biosynthesis of the iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) co) from nitrogenase, have been analyzed using a variety of mutagenic techniques. NifE was the object of several site-specific, amino acid substitutions that were designed to elicit information regarding metal cluster ligands, subunit-subunit interactions, and the proposed transfer of FeMo-co.from a nifEN-products complex to the apo-MoFe pr...

  8. Two nifA-like genes required for expression of alternative nitrogenases by Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Joerger, R D; Jacobson, M R; Bishop, P E

    1989-01-01

    Two nifA-like genes, designated anfA and vnfA, have been identified in Azotobacter vinelandii. The anfA gene is located upstream from the nitrogenase-3 structural gene cluster (anfHDGK) and is preceded by a sequence that is potentially part of a ntrA-dependent promoter. The product of anfA appears to be required for expression of nitrogenase-3, since cells of the anfA deletion strain CA66 were unable to synthesize this nitrogenase when derepressed in N-free, Mo- and V-deficient medium. The vn...

  9. Excretion of ammonium by a nifL mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii fixing nitrogen.

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    Bali, A.; Blanco, G.; Hill, S.; Kennedy, C

    1992-01-01

    A mutation in the gene upstream of nifA in Azotobacter vinelandii was introduced into the chromosome to replace the corresponding wild-type region. The resulting mutant, MV376, produced nitrogenase constitutively in the presence of 15 mM ammonium. When introduced into a nifH-lacZ fusion strain, the mutation permitted beta-galactosidase production in the presence of ammonium. The gene upstream of nifA is therefore designated nifL because of its similarity to the Klebsiella pneumoniae nifL gene...

  10. Purification of the Azotobacter vinelandii nifV-encoded homocitrate synthase.

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    Zheng, L; White, R H; Dean, D R

    1997-01-01

    The nifV gene product (NifV) from Azotobacter vinelandii was recombinantly expressed at high levels in Escherichia coli and purified. NifV is a homodimer that catalyzes the condensation of acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) and alpha-ketoglutarate. Although alpha-ketoglutarate supports the highest level of activity, NifV will also catalyze the condensation of acetyl-CoA and certain other keto acids. E. coli cells in which a high level of nifV expression is induced excrete homocitrate into the gro...

  11. Investigation on Strain Development of Azotobacter chroococcum through Chemical Mutagenesis for Indole Acetic Acid Production

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    Two wild strains of Azotobacter chroococcum were mutagenized by various concentration of NTG (.005% , .0075% and .01%) for 1 hour. The IAA producing activity of 12 effective mutagenized strains were quantitatively measured by UV spectroscopic method. Mutagenized strains M1 and M2 from W1, and M8 and M9 from W2 were selected. Their IAA productivities were 300.498, 216.290, 238.436 and 190.856 ppm, respectively. M1and M9 were higher IAA productivity with greater quality. In germination, M1, M8 and M9 can promote the plant growth compare with commercial IAA.

  12. ACCUMULATION OF POLYHYDROXYALKANOIC ACIDS BY AZOTOBACTER CHROOCOCCUM MAL-201 FROM ORGANIC WASTE

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    Soma Pal Saha; A. Patra; P. B. Ghosh; A.K. Paul

    2013-01-01

    Azotobacter chroococcum MAL-201 (MTCC 3853), a free-living nitrogen-fixing bacterium accumulated intracellular poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid) [P(3HB)] accounting 69% of cell dry weight (CDW) when grown in nitrogrn-free Stockdale medium containing 2% (w/v) glucose. It also produced copolymer of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate co-3-hydroxyvalerate) [P(3HB-co-3HV)] using glucose as primary carbon source and valerate cas cosubstrate. To make the polymer production cost effective four types of waste material ...

  13. Protein quantity and quality of safflower seed improved by NP fertilizer and rhizobacteria (Azospirillum and Azotobacter spp.

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    Full Text Available Protein is an essential part of human diet. The aim of present study was to improve the protein quality of safflower seed by the application of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR in combination with conventional nitrogen and phosphate (NP fertilizers. The seeds of two safflower cultivar Thori and Saif-32, were inoculated with Azospirillum and Azotobacter and grown under field conditions. Protein content and quality was assessed by crude protein, amino acid analysis and SDS-PAGE. Seed crude protein and amino acids (metheonine, phenylanine and glutamic acid showed significant improvement (55%–1250% by Azotobacter supplemented with quarter dose of fertilizers (BTQ at P≤0.05. Additional protein bands were induced in Thori and Saif-32 by BTQ and BTH (Azotobacter supplemented with half dose of fertilizers respectively. The Azospirillum in combination with half dose of fertilizers (SPH and BTQ enhanced the indole acetic acid (90% and gibberellic acid (23%–27% contents in safflower leaf. Taken together, these data suggest that Azospirillum and Azotobacter along with significantly reduced (up to 75% use of NP fertilizers improved the quality and quantity of safflower seed protein.

  14. Effect of manure and NPK to increase soil bacterial population of Azotobacter and Azospirillus in chili (Capsicum annum cultivation

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    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Mujiyati, Supriyadi. 2009. Effect of manure and NPK to increase soil bacterial population of Azotobacter and Azospirillum in chili (Capsicum annum cultivation. Nusantara Bioscience 1: 59-64. The objectives of this research were to find out the increase number of two bacterials populations, Azotobacter and Azospirillum, due to the use of manure fertilizer. The exsperiment was conducted using group randomly designed with two treatments. The plant populations were treated (i whithout fertilizer as the control, (ii with manure fertilizer, and (iii with NPK fertilizer. Data was experimentally collected by planting chili in several plots treated by manure, with three replications. The field experiment was conducted in Gathak Village, Karangnongko Sub-district, Klaten District, Central Java. The data collected consist of the total population of Azotobacter and Azospirillum, nitrogen content in soil and the chili yield. The primary data of research were analyzed using ANOVA test and followed by LSD test, with the degree of significance by 95% .The results showed that the manure fertilizer can increase the population of bacteria as many as 0.02% (Azotobacter and 0.46% (Azospirillum when they were compared to the control one. So that it can increase the soil fertility when they were used in long time. Therefore increasing the nutrient availability in the soil was occurred. Application of manure fertilizer could increase the total nitrogen content in the soil and it is very useful for the fertilizing of plants.

  15. The involvement of the fixABCX genes and the respiratory chain in electron transport to nitrogenase in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Wientjens, M.J.C.

    1993-01-01

    Introduction.The work in this thesis is mainly focused on the electron transport route to nitrogenase in the free-living, obligate aerobic, nitrogen fixing organism Azotobacter vinelandii. For many years now, this topic has been the subject of research. Several hypotheses, which would explain the me

  16. Pengaruh pupuk kandang dan NPK terhadap populasi bakteri Azotobacter dan Azospirillum dalam tanah pada budidaya cabai (Capsicum annum

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    Full Text Available Mujiyati, Supriyadi. 2009. Pengaruh pupuk kandang dan NPK terhadap populasibakteri Azotobacter dan Azospirillum dalam tanah pada budidaya cabai (Capsicumannum. Bioteknologi 6: 63-69. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah mengetahui peningkatan populasi bakteri Azotobacter dan Azospirillum akibat pemberian pupuk kandang. Percobaan menggunakan rancangan acak kelompok dengan perlakuan: (i tanpa pupuk sebagai kontrol, (ii dengan pupuk kandang, (iii dengan pupuk NPK. Data dikumpulkan secara eksperimen dengan menanam cabai pada beberapa petak percobaan dengan perlakuan penggunaan pupuk sebanyak tiga kali ulangan. Data yang dikumpulkan terdiri atas jumlah populasi Azotobacter dan Azospirillum, kandungan nitrogen dalam tanah dan hasil cabai. Percobaan lapangan dilakukan di Desa Gathak, Kecamatan Karangnongko, Kabupaten Klaten, Jawa Tengah. Data primer dari hasil penelitian di analisis dengan uji ANAVA dan dilanjutkan dengan uji BNT dengan tingkat kepercayaan 95%. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa menggunakan pupuk kandang dapat meningkatkan populasi bakteri Azotobacter (0,02% dan Azospirillum (0,46% apabila dibandingkan kontrol, sehingga dapat meningkatkan kesuburan tanah dalam waktu yang cukup lama yaitu dengan meningkatkan ketersediaan hara dalam tanah. Kandungan nitrogen total tanah setelah diberi pupuk kandang juga meningkat dan sangat bermanfaat untuk bahan penyusun tubuh tumbuhan.

  17. Melanin from the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum: a spectroscopic characterization.

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    Full Text Available Melanins, the ubiquitous hetero-polymer pigments found widely dispersed among various life forms, are usually dark brown/black in colour. Although melanins have variety of biological functions, including protection against ultraviolet radiation of sunlight and are used in medicine, cosmetics, extraction of melanin from the animal and plant kingdoms is not an easy task. Using complementary physicochemical techniques (i.e. MALDI-TOF, FTIR absorption and cross-polarization magic angle spinning solid-state (13C NMR, we report here the characterization of melanins extracted from the nitrogen-fixing non-virulent bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum, a safe viable source. Moreover, considering dihydroxyindole moiety as the main constituent, an effort is made to propose the putative molecular structure of the melanin hetero-polymer extracted from the bacterium. Characterization of the melanin obtained from Azotobacter chroococcum would provide an inspiration in extending research activities on these hetero-polymers and their use as protective agent against UV radiation.

  18. Maize responds to Azotobacter sp and Burkholderia sp inoculation at reduced dose of nitrogen fertilizer

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    Juan Manuel Sánchez-Yáñez

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The positive maize response to inoculation with plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB as Azotobacter sp and Burkholderia sp an endophytic type, are an alternative to reduced and optimize nitrogen fertilizer (NF dose, recommended for this plant, without adversely affect its growth. The aim of this study was to analyze maize respond to inoculation with Azotobacter sp and Burkholderia sp at the dose 50% of FN. Used an experimental design of randomized blocks. By response variables: percent germination (%, the shoot and root phenology: plant height (PH, root length (RL and biomass: shoot fresh weight (SFW and root fresh weight (RFW, the shoot dry weight (SDW and root dry weight (RDW. The results indicated a positive maize respond to PGPB inoculation at germination, seedling and flowering level, reached a RDW of 7.03 g, statistically significant value compared with 2.60 g of RDW non inoculated maize feed with NF dose recommended regard as relative control (RC. This suggests a synergistic interaction among these PGPB in synthesis of plant growth promoting substances (PGPS on maize, to optimize the reduced NF dose.

  19. Producción de un biofertilizante a partir de un aislamiento de Azotobacter nigricans obtenido en un cultivo de Stevia rebaudiana Bert

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    Daniel Borda-Molina; Juan Manuel Pardo-García; María Mercedes Martínez-Salgado; José Salvador Montaña-Lara

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    Bio-fertilizer production from an isolate of Azotobacter nigricans obtained from a plantation of Stevia rebaudiana Bert. Objective.To isolate nitrogen fixing bacteria to be used in a fertilization regime of an organic agriculture program. Materials and methods. Theisolation of nitrogen fixing bacteria was done in an Ashby-benzoate medium from soil of a Stevia rebaudiana plantation. Isolates identifiedas Azotobacter nigricans were evaluated by their growth kinetics and the strain with the fast...

  20. Isolation and characterization of nifDK::kanamycin and nitrogen fixation proficient Azotobacter vinelandii strain, and its implication on the status of multiple chromosomes in Azotobacter.

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    Suh, M H; Pulakat, L; Gavini, N

    2000-01-01

    Several lines of experimental analyses on the ploidy status of Azotobacter vinelandii genome lead to the conclusion that it contains more than 40 copies of its chromosome and therefore it is a polyploid organism. The genetic evidence argues against the existence of polyploidy in these cells since the segregation pattern of genetic markers under lack of selection pressure mimic that of haploids. However, when A. vinelandii was made Nif- by inserting a kanamycin resistance marker gene in the nifDK sequence and the cells were selected for kanamycin resistance and Nif+ phenotype, we were able to score colonies that are both kanamycin resistant and Nif+. Therefore, when the cells were subjected to forced double selection of the same locus, they behaved as if they carried at least two chromosomes, one carrying the kanamycin resistance marker in the nifDK genes and the other carrying the intact nifDK genes. These analyses suggested that at least a diploidy status can be induced in these cells under selection pressure. PMID:11678500

  1. Benefits of inoculation with azotobacter in the growth and production of tomato and peppers

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    Jarak Mirjana N.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to investigate the effects of Azotobacter chroococcum in tomato and pepper growth and production by using two types of inoculation - seed inoculation and seedling inoculation. The effect of inoculation was observed thirty days after sowing, thirty days after transplanting, and in the phase of technological maturity. The following were measured: height of the plants, dry matter of the plants and number and the weight of the fruits. Inoculation had a positive effect on these in both plants. With tomato, better results were achieved when seedlings were inoculated. With pepper, the length of the plant and the dry matter were greater with seedling inoculation, whereas the number and the weight of the fruits were greater with seed inoculation.

  2. Alginate production by a mutant strain of azotobacter vinelandii using shake flask fermentation

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    The present study describes the improvement of parent strain of Azotobacter vinelandii NRRL-14641 for enhanced alginate production using shake flask fermentation. Results indicated that a mutant A. vinelandii EMS-45 obtained after EMS treatment gave 1.55 fold better alginate productions than that of the parent strain. Different cultural conditions were employed to optimize the polymer production in the fermentation broth. It was noted that maximum alginate production (6.17 g/l) was obtained with nitrogen rich phosphate limited medium (NRP) after 110 h of incubation period. The incubation temperature 30 deg. C, pH 7.0, agitation intensity 200 rpm, carbon and nitrogen source were also optimized and sucrose and peptone were found as the best to support 1.55 fold higher alginate than that in un-optimized medium. (author)

  3. Acetylene is an active-site-directed, slow-binding, reversible inhibitor of Azotobacter vinelandii hydrogenase

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    The inhibition of purified and membrane-bound hydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii by dihydrogen-free acetylene was investigated. The inhibition was a time-dependent process which exhibited first-order kinetics. Both H2 and CO protected against the inhibition by acetylene. K/sub protect(app)/ values of 0.41 and 24 μM were derived for these gases, respectively. Both H2-oxidizing activity and the tritium exchange capacity of the purified enzyme were inhibited at the same rate by acetylene. Removal of acetylene reversed the inhibition for both the purified and the membrane-associated form of the enzyme. The purified hydrogenases from both Rhizobium japonicum and Alcaligenes eutrophus H16 were also inhibited by acetylene in a time-dependent fashion. These findings suggest that acetylene is an active-site-directed, slow-binding, reversible inhibitor of some membrane-bound hydrogenases from aerobic bacteria

  4. PRODUCTION AND RECOVERY OF POLY-Β-HYDROXYBUTYRATE FROM WHEY DEGRADATION BY AZOTOBACTER

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    A. Khanafari , A. Akhavan Sepahei, M. Mogharab

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Three strains of Azotobacter chroococcum were studied to produce poly-β hydroxybutyrate as a inclusion body by whey degradation. Optimum degradation whey results were obtained when using whey broth as a fermentation medium without extra salt, temperature at 35 °C and pH 7 (P<0.05. Lambda max for whey broth medium was determined probably about 400 nm. The effect of different nitrogenous rich compounds (NH4NO3, Bactopeptone, Casein, Yeast extract, Meat extract, Protease peptone and Tryptone on whey degradation showed that incorporation of nitrogenous compounds into the medium did not increase whey degradation by Azotobacter chroococcum 1723 (P<0.05. But poly-β hydroxyl-butyrate production was increased in presence Meat extract up to 75% of the cell dry weight after 48h. The addition of nitrogenous sourced (except ammonium nitrate had a positive effect on poly-β hydroxyl-butyrate production as it peaked in the presence of Meat extract and 4.43 g/L was accumulated in comparison to 0.5g at diazotrophically growing cells. Increasing the O2 values resulted by shaking at 122 rpm in decreased poly-β hydroxyl-butyrate yield form 4.43 to 0.04 g/L. The results show that this medium supports the growth of strain 1735 and also that this waste could be utilized as a carbon and nitrogen source. Production of poly-β hydroxyl-butyrate by using whey as a medium looks promising, since the use of inexpensive feed-stocks for poly-β hydroxyl-butyrate is essential if bioplastics are to become competitive products.

  5. Biochemical and genetic analysis of the nifUSVWZM cluster from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Jacobson, M R; Cash, V L; Weiss, M C; Laird, N F; Newton, W E; Dean, D R

    1989-10-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii genes contained within the major nif-cluster and designated orf6, nifU, nifS, nifV, orf7, orf8, nifW, nifZ, nifM, and orf9 are organized into at least two overlapping transcriptional units. Nitrogenase derepressed crude extracts of Azotobacter vinelandii mutant strains having individual deletions located within nifU, nifS, nifV, nifW, nifZ, or nifM were examined for nitrogenase component protein activities. The results of these experiments indicated that, in A. vinelandii, the nifU, nifS and nifM gene products are required for the full activation or the catalytic stability of the nitrogenase Fe protein. Deletion of the nifV gene resulted in lower MoFe protein activity, probably resulting from the accumulation of an altered FeMo-cofactor. The nifW and nifZ gene products were required for the full activation or catalytic stability of the MoFe protein. Deletion of nifZ alone or nifM alone did not appear to affect FeMo-cofactor biosynthesis. However, deletion of both nifZ and nifM eleminated either FeMo-cofactor biosynthesis or the insertion of FeMo-cofactor into the apo-MoFe protein. Other genes contained within the nifUSVWZM gene cluster (orf6, orf7, orf8, and orf9) were not required for Mo-dependent diazotrophic growth. PMID:2615765

  6. Effects of homocitrate, homocitrate lactone, and fluorohomocitrate on nitrogenase in NifV- mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Madden, M S; Paustian, T D; Ludden, P W; Shah, V K

    1991-01-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii DJ71, which contains a mutation in the nifV gene, was derepressed for nitrogenase in the presence of homocitrate. When dinitrogenase was isolated from this culture, it was found to be identical to the wild-type dinitrogenase. However, when the same NifV- strain was derepressed in the presence of erythrofluorohomocitrate, a homocitrate analog which produces a nitrogenase with wild-type properties in vitro, the isolated dinitrogenase was characteristic of the NifV- enzyme...

  7. Response of Sunflower Yield and Phytohormonal Changes to Azotobacter,Azospirillum,Pseudomonas and Animal Manure in a Chemical Free Agroecosystem

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    Maziyar, Mehran; M. Reza, Ardakani; Hamid, Madani; Mohammad , Zahedi; Mohsen, Amirabadi; Saeed, Mafakheri

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    There are new trends in agriculture to move toward the low input systems with the lower application of chemical fertilizers. To reach this goal, different methods, such as the application of biofertilizers, may be used. So this experiment was conducted in 2010 at a research farm in Arak, Iran, in factorial in the form of a randomized complete block design with three replications and four factors: animal manure (M), Pseudomonas putida (P), Azotobacter chroococcum (A)and Azospirillum lipoferum ...

  8. Protein Quantity and Quality of Safflower Seed Improved by NP Fertilizer and Rhizobacteria (Azospirillum and Azotobacter spp.)

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    Nosheen, Asia; Bano, Asghari; Yasmin, Humaira; Keyani, Rumana; Habib, Rabia; Shah, Syed T. A.; Naz, Rabia

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    HIGHLIGHTS Rhizobacteria (Azotobacter spp.) have improved the quality and quantity of safflower seed protein. Protein quality was confirmed by SDS-PAGE and new bands were found in response to different combinations of rhizobacteria and lower doses of fertilizers. The PGPR application has reduced the use of fertilizers upto 50%. Protein is an essential part of the human diet. The aim of this present study was to improve the protein quality of safflower seed by the application of ...

  9. Influence of N-15 labelled urea and azotobacter on corn yield and nitrogen budget as affected by organic matter

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    As sandy soils of Egypt are poor in their chemical and physical properties, their fertilization with chemical or biological fertilizer is essential. The reported greenhouse experiment was conducted, using sandy soil of Egypt to evaluate the impact of urea fertilizer, applied alone combined with nitrification inhibitors (DCD) or (N-serve) on (corn yield and N-losses) as compared with inoculation with azotobacter under organic matter treatment as soil amendment. Total dry matter was recorded, while N-uptake by corn, and N-recovery due to inoculation with azotobacter was determined using N-15 dilution technique. Data obtained indicated that, application of DCD or N-serve with urea increased corn dry matter weight as well N-15 recovery. Significant increase in N-recovery was obtained due to nitrification inhibitor application and azotobacter inoculation. N-15 losses were reduced due to application of DCD and N-serve from 45% and respectively. Use of bio fertilizers and nitrification inhibitors could play an important role in corn production in sandy soil, as well as decrease the losses of applied N-fertilizers. fig., 3 tabs

  10. Flavodoxin 1 of Azotobacter vinelandii: characterization and role in electron donation to purified assimilatory nitrate reductase.

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    Gangeswaran, R; Eady, R R

    1996-07-01

    Flavodoxins synthesized by Azotobacter vinelandii strain UW 36 during growth on nitrate as nitrogen source were separated by FPLC on a Mono Q column into two species, flavodoxin 1 (AvFld 1) and flavodoxin 2 (AvFld 2). Both proteins migrated as single bands on SDS/PAGE. AvFld 1 was approx. 5-fold more abundant than AvFld 2 in the unresolved flavodoxin mixture. N-terminal amino acid analysis showed the sequence of AvFld 2 to correspond to the nif F gene product, an electron donor to nitrogenase. The sequences also show that these species corresponded to the flavodoxins Fld A and Fld B isolated from N2-grown cultures of the closely related organism Azotobacter throococcum [Bagby, Barker, Hill, Eady and Thorneley (1991) Biochem.J.277, 313-319]. Electrospray mass spectrometry gave M, values for the polypeptides of 19430 +/- 3 and 19533 +/- 5 respectively. 31P-NMR measurements showed that in addition to the phosphate associated with the FMN (delta = -136.3 p.p.m. and -135.48 p.p.m.), AvFld 1 had a signal at delta = -142.1 p.p.m. and AvFld 2 at delta = -138.59 p.p.m. present in substoichiometric amounts with FMN. These appeared to arise from unstable species since they were readily lost on further manipulation of the proteins. The mid-point potentials of the semiquinone hydroquinone redox couples were -330 mV and -493 mV for AvFld 1 and AvFld 2 respectively, but only AvFld 1 was competent in donating electrons to the purified assimilatory nitrate reductase of A. vinelandii to catalyse the reduction of nitrate to nitrite. Flavodoxin isolated from NH4(+)-grown cells (Fld 3) also functioned as electron donor at half the rate of AvFld 1, but ferredoxin 1 from A. chroococcum did not. PMID:8694750

  11. Manipulation and Characterization of Alginate Exo polysaccharides produced by Azotobacter Vinelandii

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    Exo polysaccharides (EPS) have been found in a wide range of applications in food industry and in the biomedical field. In the present study, the effect of nutritional factors (carbon and nitrogen sources) and gamma irradiations on alginate production by Azotobacter vinelandii was investigated. To understand the direct and indirect relations among these variables, a two way factorial design experiment was set up. At low concentration of carbon source (≤ 20 g/l), the alginate yield was influenced by the type of nitrogen substrate and C/N ratio, whereas the role of these factors on alginate production was minimized at high concentration of carbon source (> 20 g/l). Batch fermentation of alginate exo polysaccharides was manipulated by maintaining the ph value of the cultures at 7 along the incubation period and reducing the agitation speed to 100 rpm after 24 h at the time of inoculation. This process succeeded to increase the alginate yield exponentially with time by 50%. Exposing A. vinelandii cells to gamma irradiation at dose level 0.5 kGy decreased their activity to synthesis alginate by 44%. The produced alginate was characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).

  12. Flagella-Mediated Differences in Deposition Dynamics for Azotobacter vinelandii in Porous Media

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    Lu, Nanxi; Bevard, Tara; Massoudieh, Arash; Zhang, Changyong; Dohnalkova, Alice; Zilles, Julie L.; Nguyen, Thanh H.

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    A multi-scale approach was designed to investigate deposition of flagellated and non-flagellated strains of Azotobacter vinelandii in porous media. In a radial stagnation point flow cell (RSPF), the deposition rate of the flagellated strain (DJ77) on quartz was higher than that of the non-flagellated (Fla-) strain. In contrast, deposition of the Fla- strain exceeded that of DJ77 in two-dimensional silicon microfluidic models (micromodels) and in columns packed with glass beads. Direct cell counts in micromodel experiments showed decreasing values of clean collector removal efficiencies over time, suggesting that approaching cells were blocked from deposition by cells already attached to the collector surface. Column breakthrough curves for both strains also showed a decrease in deposition rates with time. Modeling results showed that blocking becomes effective for DJ77 strain at lower ionic strengths (1mM and 10mM), while for Fla- strain blocking was similar at all ionic strengths. In later stages of micromodel experiments, a ripening effect was also observed, where cells preferentially attached to already attached cells. Ripening happened earlier with the Fla- strain, which suggested that flagella interfered with ripening. Different mechanisms dominate at different stages of bacteria transport in porous media.

  13. N2O reduction by Azotobacter vinelandii with emphasis on kinetic nitrogen isotope effects

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    A nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii was successfully grown in a specially designed system with constant partial pressures of N2O (0.2 atm) and O2 (0.2 atm) in a nitrogen-free liquid medium. Reduction of N2O proceeded with the evolution of N2 in the gas phage. Large nitrogen isotope fractionation was found for both processes, reduction of N2O to N2 and N2O-fixation. The kinetic isotope fractionation factors of these reactions were at most 1.039 and 1.034, respectively. Furthermore, an unexpected inverse isotope effect (organic-N, the end-product, is more enriched in 15N than N2, the intermediate) strongly suggested that N2O was directly assimilated within the bacterial cells. Simultaneous assimilation of N2O and N2 was also confirmed by using a 15N tracer technique. Three independent pathways were demonstrated for the nitrogen fixing system investigated in this study: (1) a direct reduction of N2O to ammonium (apparently 8-electron reduction), (2) reduction of N2 to ammonium (6-electron reduction) and (3) N2O reduction to N2 (2-electron reduction). (author)

  14. Purification and characterization of the vnf-encoded apodinitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Chatterjee, R; Allen, R M; Ludden, P W; Shah, V K

    1996-03-22

    The vnf-encoded apodinitrogenase (apodinitrogenase 2) has been purified from Azotobacter vinelandii strain CA117.30 (DeltanifKDB), and is an alpha2beta2delta2 hexamer. Apodinitrogenase 2 can be activated in vitro by the addition of the iron-vanadium cofactor (FeV-co) to form holodinitrogenase 2, which functions in C2H2, H+, and N2 reduction. Under certain conditions, the alpha2beta2delta2 hexamer dissociates to yield the free delta subunit (the VNFG protein) and a form of apodinitrogenase 2 that exhibits no C2H2, H+, or N2 reduction activities in the in vitro FeV-co activation assay; however, these activities can be restored upon addition of VNFG to the FeV-co activation assay system. No other vnf-, nif-, or non-nif-encoded proteins were able to replace the function of VNFG in the in vitro processing of alpha2beta2 apodinitrogenase 2 (in the presence of FeV-co) to a form capable of substrate reduction. Apodinitrogenase 2 is also activable in vitro by the iron-molybdenum cofactor to form a hybrid enzyme with unique properties, most notably the inability to reduce N2 and insensitivity to CO inhibition of C2H2 reduction. PMID:8636105

  15. Activation of vanadium nitrogenase expression in Azotobacter vinelandii DJ54 revertant in the presence of molybdenum.

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    Lei, S; Pulakat, L; Gavini, N

    2000-09-29

    Azotobacter vinelandii carries three different and genetically distinct nitrogenase systems on its chromosome. Expression of all three nitrogenases is repressed by high concentrations of fixed nitrogen. Expression of individual nitrogenase systems is under the control of specific metal availability. We have isolated a novel type of A. vinelandii DJ54 revertant, designated A. vinelandii BG54, which carries a defined deletion in the nifH gene and is capable of diazotrophic growth in the presence of molybdenum. Inactivation of nifDK has no effect on growth of this mutant strain in nitrogen-free medium suggesting that products of the nif system are not involved in supporting diazotrophic growth of A. vinelandii BG54. Similar to the wild type, A. vinelandii BG54 is also sensitive to 1 mM tungsten. Tn5-B21 mutagenesis to inactivate the genes specific to individual systems revealed that the structural genes for vnf nitrogenase are required for diazotrophic growth of A. vinelandii BG54. Analysis of promoter activity of different nif systems revealed that the vnf promoter is activated in A. vinelandii BG54 in the presence of molybdenum. Based on these data we conclude that A. vinelandii BG54 strain utilizes vnf nitrogenase proteins to support its diazotrophic growth. PMID:11018539

  16. The basis of ammonium release in nifL mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Brewin, B; Woodley, P; Drummond, M

    1999-12-01

    In Azotobacter vinelandii, nitrogen fixation is regulated at the transcriptional level by an unusual two-component system encoded by nifLA. Certain mutations in nifL result in the bacterium releasing large quantities of ammonium into the medium, and earlier work suggested that this occurs by a mechanism that does not involve NifA, the activator of nif gene transcription. We have investigated a number of possible alternative mechanisms and find no evidence for their involvement in ammonium release. Enhancement of NifA-mediated transcription, on the other hand, by either elimination of nifL or overexpression of nifA, resulted in ammonium release, correlating with enhanced levels of nifH mRNA, raised levels of nitrogenase and acetylene-reducing activity, and increased concentrations of intracellular ammonium. Up to 35 mM ammonium can accumulate in the medium. Where measured, intracellular levels exceeded extracellular levels, indicating that rather than being actively transported, ammonium is lost from the cell passively, possibly by reversal of an NH(4)(+) uptake system. The data also indicate that in the wild type the bulk of NifA is inactivated by NifL during steady-state growth on dinitrogen. PMID:10572141

  17. Characterization of the glnK-amtB operon of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Meletzus, D; Rudnick, P; Doetsch, N; Green, A; Kennedy, C

    1998-06-01

    To determine whether in Azotobacter vinelandii the PII protein influences the regulation of nif gene expression in response to fluxes in the ammonium supply, the gene encoding PII was isolated and characterized. Its deduced translation product was highly similar to PII proteins from other organisms, with the greatest degree of relatedness being exhibited to the Escherichia coli glnK gene product. A gene designated amtB was found downstream of and was contranscribed with glnK as in E. coli. The AmtB protein is similar to functionally characterized ammonium transport proteins from a few other eukaryotes and one other prokaryote. glnK and amtB comprise an operon. Attempts to isolate a stable glnK mutant strain were unsuccessful, suggesting that glnK, like glnA, is an essential gene in A. vinelandii. amtB mutants were isolated, and although growth on limiting amounts of ammonium was similar in the mutant and wild-type strains, the mutants were unable to transport [14C]methylammonium. PMID:9620984

  18. Characterization of oxidation states of the Fe-protein from Azotobacter vinlandii

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    Some of the properties of the [4Fe-4S] cluster of the Fe protein from Azotobacter vinlandii nitrogenase (Av2) were studied by two methods; Fe chelation reactions and Fe exchange reactions. In the presence of the chelator, 2,2-dipyridyl, and MgATP, the oxidized [4Fe-4S] cluster decomposes in a biphasic manner. In the initial fast phase, two Fe are removed; the remainder of the iron is chelated in a much slower process. An intermediate of the chelation reaction, 2Fe-Av2, contains 2Fe/protein. Iron and inorganic sulfur determinations, and visible, EPR, and Moessbauer spectal properties indicate that the 2Fe-Av2 intermediate of the chelation reaction contains a 2Fe-2S cluster. The Fe in the oxidized [4Fe-4S] cluster can be exchanged with radiolabeled iron without loss of activity of the protein. In 100 mM NaCl and MgATP, only two of the Fe in the cluster are exchanged. MgADP prevents exchange of Fe into the cluster. The Fe in the reduced [4Fe-4S] cluster is apparently resistant to exchange with radiolabeled iron. No conditions are found in which significant exchange of iron is observed

  19. Excretion of ammonium by a nifL mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii fixing nitrogen.

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    Bali, A; Blanco, G; Hill, S; Kennedy, C

    1992-05-01

    A mutation in the gene upstream of nifA in Azotobacter vinelandii was introduced into the chromosome to replace the corresponding wild-type region. The resulting mutant, MV376, produced nitrogenase constitutively in the presence of 15 mM ammonium. When introduced into a nifH-lacZ fusion strain, the mutation permitted beta-galactosidase production in the presence of ammonium. The gene upstream of nifA is therefore designated nifL because of its similarity to the Klebsiella pneumoniae nifL gene in proximity to nifA, in mutant phenotype, and in amino acid sequence of the gene product. The A. vinelandii nifL mutant MV376 excreted significant quantities of ammonium (approximately 10 mM) during diazotrophic growth. In contrast, ammonium excretion during diazotrophy was much lower in a K. pneumoniae nifL deletion mutant (maximum, 0.15 mM) but significantly higher than in NifL+ K. pneumoniae. The expression of the A. vinelandii nifA gene, unlike that of K. pneumoniae, was not repressed by ammonium. PMID:1622243

  20. Expression of the nifBfdxNnifOQ region of Azotobacter vinelandii and its role in nitrogenase activity.

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    Rodríguez-Quiñones, F; Bosch, R.; Imperial, J

    1993-01-01

    The nifBQ transcriptional unit of Azotobacter vinelandii has been previously shown to be required for activity of the three nitrogenase systems, Mo nitrogenase, V nitrogenase, and Fe nitrogenase, present in this organism. We studied regulation of expression and the role of the nifBQ region by means of translational beta-galactosidase fusions to each of the five open reading frames: nifB, orf2 (fdxN), orf3 (nifO), nifQ, and orf5. Expression of the first three open reading frames was observed u...

  1. Tn5-induced mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii affected in nitrogen fixation under Mo-deficient and Mo-sufficient conditions.

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    Joerger, R D; Premakumar, R; Bishop, P E

    1986-01-01

    Mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii affected in N2 fixation in the presence of 1 microM Na2MoO4 (conventional system), 50 nM V2O5, or under Mo deficiency (alternative system) have been isolated after Tn5 mutagenesis with the suicide plasmid pSUP1011. These mutants can be grouped into at least four broad phenotypic classes. Mutants in the first class are Nif- under Mo sufficiency but Nif+ under Mo deficiency or in the presence of V2O5. A nifk mutant and a mutant apparently affected in regulation...

  2. Identification of a Positive Transcription Regulatory Element within the Coding Region of the nifLA Operon in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Mitra, Ranjana; Das, Hirendra K.; Dixit, Aparna

    2005-01-01

    Nitrogen fixation in Azotobacter vinelandii is regulated by the nifLA operon. NifA activates the transcription of nif genes, while NifL antagonizes the transcriptional activator NifA in response to fixed nitrogen and molecular oxygen levels. However, transcriptional regulation of the nifLA operon of A. vinelandii itself is not fully understood. Using the S1 nuclease assay, we mapped the transcription start site of the nifLA operon, showing it to be similar to the σ54-dependent promoters. We a...

  3. Role of GlnK in NifL-Mediated Regulation of NifA Activity in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Rudnick, Paul; Kunz, Christopher; Gunatilaka, Malkanthi K.; Hines, Eric R.; Kennedy, Christina

    2002-01-01

    In several diazotrophic species of Proteobacteria, PII signal transduction proteins have been implicated in the regulation of nitrogen fixation in response to NH4+ by several mechanisms. In Azotobacter vinelandii, expression of nifA, encoding the nif-specific activator, is constitutive, and thus, regulation of NifA activity by the flavoprotein NifL appears to be the primary level of nitrogen control. In vitro and genetic evidence suggests that the nitrogen response involves the PII-like GlnK ...

  4. A Proposed Role for the Azotobacter vinelandii NfuA Protein as an Intermediate Iron-Sulfur Cluster Carrier*

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    Bandyopadhyay, Sibali; Naik, Sunil G.; O'Carroll, Ina P.; Huynh, Boi-Hanh; Dean, Dennis R.; Johnson, Michael K.; Dos Santos, Patricia C.

    2008-01-01

    Iron-sulfur clusters ([Fe-S] clusters) are assembled on molecular scaffolds and subsequently used for maturation of proteins that require [Fe-S] clusters for their functions. Previous studies have shown that Azotobacter vinelandii produces at least two [Fe-S] cluster assembly scaffolds: NifU, required for the maturation of nitrogenase, and IscU, required for the general maturation of other [Fe-S] proteins. A. vinelandii also encodes a protein designated NfuA, which shares amino acid sequence ...

  5. Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic data of the PAS domain of the NifL protein from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Hefti, M.H.; Hendle, J.; Enroth, C.; Vervoort, J.J.M.; Tucker, P A

    2001-01-01

    The Azotobacter vinelandii NifL protein is a redox-sensing flavoprotein which inhibits the activity of the nitrogen-specific transcriptional activator NifA. The N-terminal PAS domain has been overexpressed in Escherichia coli and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystal belongs to the rhombohedral space group R32, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 65.0, c = 157.3 Å, and has one molecule in the asymmetric unit. Native data were collected to 3.0 Å on the BW7B synchr...

  6. Analysis of Azotobacter vinelandii strains containing defined deletions in the nifD and nifK genes.

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    J. G. LI; Tal, S; Robinson, A. C.; Dang, V; Burgess, B. K.

    1990-01-01

    Strains of Azotobacter vinelandii which contain defined deletions within the nifD and nifK genes which encode, respectively, the alpha and beta subunits of the MoFe protein of nitrogenase were analyzed. When synthesized without its partner, the beta subunit accumulated as a soluble beta 4 tetramer. In contrast, when the alpha subunit was present without its partner, it accumulated primarily as an insoluble aggregate. The solubility of this protein was increased by the presence of a form of th...

  7. NifEN-B complex of Azotobacter vinelandii is fully functional in nitrogenase FeMo cofactor assembly

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    Wiig, Jared A.; Hu, Yilin; Ribbe, Markus W.

    2011-01-01

    Assembly of nitrogenase FeMoco is one of the key processes in bioinorganic chemistry. NifB and NifEN are two essential elements immediately adjacent to each other along the biosynthetic pathway of FeMoco. Previously, an 8Fe-precursor of FeMoco was identified on NifEN; however, the identity of the biosynthetic intermediate on NifB has remained elusive to date. Here, we present a combined biochemical and spectroscopic investigation of a His-tagged NifEN-B fusion protein of Azotobacter vinelandi...

  8. Spectroscopic and Functional Characterization of Iron-Sulfur Cluster-Bound Forms of Azotobacter vinelandii NifIscA†

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    Mapolelo, Daphne T.; Zhang, Bo; Naik, Sunil G.; Huynh, Boi Hanh; Johnson, Michael K.

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    The mechanism of [4Fe-4S] cluster assembly on A-type Fe-S cluster assembly proteins, in general, and the specific role of NifIscA in the maturation of nitrogen fixation proteins are currently unknown. To address these questions, in vitro spectroscopic studies (UV–visible absorption/CD, resonance Raman and Mössbauer) have been used to investigate the mechanism of [4Fe-4S] cluster assembly on Azotobacter vinelandii NifIscA, and the ability of NifIscA to accept clusters from NifU and to donat...

  9. VnfY Is Required for Full Activity of the Vanadium-Containing Dinitrogenase in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Rüttimann-Johnson, Carmen; Rubio, Luis M.; Dean, Dennis R.; Ludden, Paul W.

    2003-01-01

    A gene from Azotobacter vinelandii whose product exhibits primary sequence similarity to the NifY, NafY, NifX, and VnfX family of proteins, and which is required for effective V-dependent diazotrophic growth, was identified. Because this gene is located downstream from vnfK in an arrangement similar to the relative organization of the nifK and nifY genes, it was designated vnfY. A mutant strain having an insertion mutation in vnfY has 10-fold less vnf dinitrogenase activity and exhibits a gre...

  10. Noncoupled NADH:Ubiquinone Oxidoreductase of Azotobacter vinelandii Is Required for Diazotrophic Growth at High Oxygen Concentrations

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    Bertsova, Yulia V.; Alexander V. Bogachev; Skulachev, Vladimir P.

    2001-01-01

    The gene encoding the noncoupled NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (NDH II) from Azotobacter vinelandii was cloned, sequenced, and used to construct an NDH II-deficient mutant strain. Compared to the wild type, this strain showed a marked decrease in respiratory activity. It was unable to grow diazotrophically at high aeration, while it was fully capable of growth at low aeration or in the presence of NH4+. This result suggests that the role of NDH II is as a vital component of the respiratory p...

  11. Papel del Mn (II) como regulador del metabolismo del nitrógeno inorgánico en Azotobacter

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    Ruiz Pérez, María Teresa

    1989-01-01

    En este trabajo hemos estudiado el efecto que diversos metales divalentes, especialmente manganeso, ejercen sobre la asimilación de nitrato y la fijación de nitrógeno en Azotobacter chrococcum, un área de investigación que no gabía sido abordad ... a hasta ahora. Los resultados que se describen sugieren que el Mn (II) puede actuar como una señal regulatoria del metabolismo nitrogenado, siendo la glutamina sintetasa su blanco de acción.La hipótesis de trabajo formuladas para explicar estos res...

  12. Mutational analysis of genes of the mod locus involved in molybdenum transport, homeostasis, and processing in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Mouncey, N J; Mitchenall, L A; Pau, R N

    1995-01-01

    DNA sequencing of the region upstream from the Azotobacter vinelandii operon (modEABC) that contains genes for the molybdenum transport system revealed an open reading frame (modG) encoding a hypothetical 14-kDa protein. It consists of a tandem repeat of an approximately 65-amino-acid sequence that is homologous to Mop, a 7-kDa molybdopterin-binding protein of Clostridium pasteurianum. The tandem repeat is similar to the C-terminal half of the product of modE. The effects of mutations in the ...

  13. ACCUMULATION OF POLYHYDROXYALKANOIC ACIDS BY AZOTOBACTER CHROOCOCCUM MAL-201 FROM ORGANIC WASTE

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Azotobacter chroococcum MAL-201 (MTCC 3853, a free-living nitrogen-fixing bacterium accumulated intracellular poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid [P(3HB] accounting 69% of cell dry weight (CDW when grown in nitrogrn-free Stockdale medium containing 2% (w/v glucose. It also produced copolymer of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate co-3-hydroxyvalerate [P(3HB-co-3HV] using glucose as primary carbon source and valerate cas cosubstrate. To make the polymer production cost effective four types of waste material of different origin were tested for growth and polymer production. Stockdale medium supplemented with 1% (w/v waste materials failed to yield good growth and polymer accumulation. Two–step cultivation was adopted for better growth and enhanced polymer accumulation. The candy factory waste was most suitable for synthesis of P(3HB accounting 17.8 and 40.58% using single and two-step cultivation conditions respectively. Wastes of domestic and poultry origin produced P(3HB-co-3HV with 3HV content 28.8 and 21.5 mol% respectively in two-step cultivation. Increase concentration of these wastes resulted in further upliftment of 3HV content of polymer with reduced growth and polymer accumulation. However, at optimum incubation the strain MAL-201 cells accumulated P(3HB 48.5% of CDW (at 40h from candy factory waste and P(3HB-co-3HV 24.75 % of CDW with 3HV 34.65 mol % from domestic waste. Intrinsic viscosity, molecular weight and thermal degradation of the polymers accumulated in the cells grown in glucose, glucose with valerate and glucose with waste were compared.

  14. Molecular and bioengineering strategies to improve alginate and polydydroxyalkanoate production by Azotobacter vinelandii

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    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Several aspects of alginate and PHB synthesis in Azotobacter vinelandii at a molecular level have been elucidated in articles published during the last ten years. It is now clear that alginate and PHB synthesis are under a very complex genetic control. Genetic modification of A. vinelandii has produced a number of very interesting mutants which have particular traits for alginate production. One of these mutants has been shown to produce the alginate with the highest mean molecular mass so far reported. Recent work has also shed light on the factors determining molecular mass distribution; the most important of these being identified as; dissolved oxygen tension and specific growth rate. The use of specific mutants has been very useful for the correct analysis and interpretation of the factors affecting polymerization. Recent scale-up/down work on alginate production has shown that oxygen limitation is crucial for producing alginate of high molecular mass, a condition which is optimized in shake flasks and which can now be reproduced in stirred fermenters. It is clear that the phenotypes of mutants grown on plates are not necessarily reproducible when the strains are tested in lab or bench scale fermenters. In the case of PHB, A. vinelandii has shown itself able to produce relatively large amounts of this polymer of high molecular weight on cheap substrates, even allowing for simple extraction processes. The development of fermentation strategies has also shown promising results in terms of improving productivity. The understanding of the regulatory mechanisms involved in the control of PHB synthesis, and of its metabolic relationships, has increased considerably, making way for new potential strategies for the further improvement of PHB production. Overall, the use of a multidisciplinary approach, integrating molecular and bioengineering aspects is a necessity for optimizing alginate and PHB production in A. vinelandii.

  15. Bioflocculant exopolysaccharide production by Azotobacter indicus using flower extract of Madhuca latifolia L.

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    Patil, Satish V; Salunkhe, Rahul B; Patil, Chandrashekhar D; Patil, Deepak M; Salunke, Bipinchandra K

    2010-10-01

    Efficacy of Azotobacter indicus ATCC 9540 strain for production exopolysaccharide (EPS) bioflocculant was investigated. Mahua flower extract (Madhuca latifolia L), a natural substrate at the concentration of 20 g L(-1), gave maximum recovery of EPS followed by sucrose and mannitol as compared to other carbon sources after 172 h. Yeast extract was found to be the most effective nitrogen source as compared to beef extract, sodium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, casein hydrolysate, and urea for the production of EPS. EPS production was increased in presence of nitrogen (5.51 g L(-1)) as compared to nitrogen-free medium (3.51 g L(-1)), and fermentation time was also reduced by 28 h. Maximum EPS production (6.10 g L(-1)) was found in the presence of 20 g L(-1) flower extract and 0.5 g L(-1) yeast extract containing Ashby's media with 180 rpm at 30 degrees C at 144 h, under controlled conditions in 2.5 L fermenter using optimized medium. The isolated EPS showed cation-dependent flocculating activity. Concentration of EPS played an important role in bioflocculating activity which increased in a concentration-dependent manner up to a certain limit, with the maximum flocculation of 72% at 500 mg L(-1) concentration but remained almost static after this concentration. Extracted polymer was characterized by different chemical tests, FT-IR spectroscopy, and TLC which showed presence of uronic acids, O-acetyl groups, and Orcinol with suggestive indication of alginate like polymer. This study suggests that use of M. latifolia L. flowers can be a potential alternative bioresource for production of exopolysaccharide. PMID:19921493

  16. Physical and genetic map of the major nif gene cluster from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Jacobson, M R; Brigle, K E; Bennett, L T; Setterquist, R A; Wilson, M S; Cash, V L; Beynon, J; Newton, W E; Dean, D R

    1989-02-01

    Determination of a 28,793-base-pair DNA sequence of a region from the Azotobacter vinelandii genome that includes and flanks the nitrogenase structural gene region was completed. This information was used to revise the previously proposed organization of the major nif cluster. The major nif cluster from A. vinelandii encodes 15 nif-specific genes whose products bear significant structural identity to the corresponding nif-specific gene products from Klebsiella pneumoniae. These genes include nifH, nifD, nifK, nifT, nifY, nifE, nifN, nifX, nifU, nifS, nifV, nifW, nifZ, nifM, and nifF. Although there are significant spatial differences, the identified A. vinelandii nif-specific genes have the same sequential arrangement as the corresponding nif-specific genes from K. pneumoniae. Twelve other potential genes whose expression could be subject to nif-specific regulation were also found interspersed among the identified nif-specific genes. These potential genes do not encode products that are structurally related to the identified nif-specific gene products. Eleven potential nif-specific promoters were identified within the major nif cluster, and nine of these are preceded by an appropriate upstream activator sequence. A + T-rich regions were identified between 8 of the 11 proposed nif promoter sequences and their upstream activator sequences. Site-directed deletion-and-insertion mutagenesis was used to establish a genetic map of the major nif cluster. PMID:2644218

  17. Sequence and molecular analysis of the nifL gene of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Blanco, G; Drummond, M; Woodley, P; Kennedy, C

    1993-08-01

    In both Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii the nifL gene, which encodes a negative regulator of nitrogen fixation, lies immediately upstream of nifA. We have sequenced the A. vinelandii nifL gene and found that it is more homologous in its C-terminal domain to the histidine protein kinases (HPKs) than is K. pneumoniae NifL. In particular A. vinelandii NifL contains a conserved histidine at a position shown to be phosphorylated in other systems. Both NifL proteins are homologous in their N-termini to a part of the Halobacterium halobium bat gene product; Bat is involved in regulation of bacterio-opsin, the expression of which is oxygen sensitive. The same region showed homology to the haem-binding N-terminal domain of the Rhizobium meliloti fixL gene product, an oxygen-sensing protein. Like K. pneumoniae NifL, A. vinelandii NifL is shown here to prevent expression of nif genes in the presence of NH+4 or oxygen. The sequences found homologous in the C-terminal regions of NifL, FixL and Bat might therefore be involved in oxygen binding or sensing. An in-frame deletion mutation in the nifL coding region resulted in loss of repression by NH+4 and the mutant excreted high amounts of ammonia during nitrogen fixation, thus confirming a phenotype reported earlier for an insertion mutation. In addition, nifLA are cotranscribed in A. vinelandii as in K. pneumoniae, but expression from the A. vinelandii promoter requires neither RpoN nor NtrC. PMID:8231815

  18. Genes required for rapid expression of nitrogenase activity in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Curatti, Leonardo; Brown, Carolyn S; Ludden, Paul W; Rubio, Luis M

    2005-05-01

    Rnf proteins are proposed to form membrane-protein complexes involved in the reduction of target proteins such as the transcriptional regulator SoxR or the dinitrogenase reductase component of nitrogenase. In this work, we investigate the role of rnf genes in the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii. We show that A. vinelandii has two clusters of rnf-like genes: rnf1, whose expression is nif-regulated, and rnf2, which is expressed independently of the nitrogen source in the medium. Deletion of each of these gene clusters produces a time delay in nitrogen-fixing capacity and, consequently, in diazotrophic growth. Deltarnf mutations cause two distinguishable effects on the nitrogenase system: (i), slower nifHDK gene expression and (ii), impairment of nitrogenase function. In these mutants, dinitrogenase reductase activity is lowered, whereas dinitrogenase activity remains essentially unaltered. Further analysis indicates that deltarnf mutants accumulate an inactive and iron-deficient form of NifH because they have lower rates of incorporation of [4Fe-4S] into NifH. Deltarnf mutations also cause a noticeable decrease in aconitase activity; however, they do not produce general oxidative stress or modification of Fe metabolism in A. vinelandii. Our results suggest the existence of a redox regulatory mechanism in A. vinelandii that controls the rate of expression and maturation of nitrogenase by the activity of the Rnf protein complexes. rnf1 plays a major and more specific role in this scheme, but the additive effects of mutations in rnf1 and rnf2 indicate the existence of functional complementation between the two homologous systems. PMID:15845763

  19. The "Gln-Type" Thiol Dioxygenase from Azotobacter vinelandii is a 3-Mercaptopropionic Acid Dioxygenase.

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    Pierce, Brad S; Subedi, Bishnu P; Sardar, Sinjinee; Crowell, Joshua K

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    Cysteine dioxygenase (CDO) is a non-heme iron enzyme that catalyzes the O2-dependent oxidation of l-cysteine to produce cysteinesulfinic acid. Bacterial CDOs have been subdivided as either "Arg-type" or "Gln-type" on the basis of the identity of conserved active site residues. To date, "Gln-type" enzymes remain largely uncharacterized. It was recently noted that the "Gln-type" enzymes are more homologous with another thiol dioxygenase [3-mercaptopropionate dioxygenase (MDO)] identified in Variovorax paradoxus, suggesting that enzymes of the "Gln-type" subclass are in fact MDOs. In this work, a putative "Gln-type" thiol dioxygenase from Azotobacter vinelandii (Av) was purified to homogeneity and characterized. Steady-state assays were performed using three substrates [3-mercaptopropionic acid (3mpa), l-cysteine (cys), and cysteamine (ca)]. Despite comparable maximal velocities, the "Gln-type" Av enzyme exhibited a specificity for 3mpa (kcat/KM = 72000 M(-1) s(-1)) nearly 2 orders of magnitude greater than those for cys (110 M(-1) s(-1)) and ca (11 M(-1) s(-1)). Supporting X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies were performed using nitric oxide (NO) as a surrogate for O2 binding to confirm obligate-ordered addition of substrate prior to NO. Stoichimetric addition of NO to solutions of 3mpa-bound enzyme quantitatively yields an iron-nitrosyl species (Av ES-NO) with EPR features consistent with a mononuclear (S = (3)/2) {FeNO}(7) site. Conversely, two distinct substrate-bound conformations were observed in Av ES-NO samples prepared with cys and ca, suggesting heterogeneous binding within the enzymatic active site. Analytical EPR simulations are provided to establish the relative binding affinity for each substrate (3map > cys > ca). Both kinetic and spectroscopic results presented here are consistent with 3mpa being the preferred substrate for this enzyme. PMID:26624219

  20. Cloning of nifHD from Nostoc commune UTEX 584 and of a flanking region homologous to part of the Azotobacter vinelandii nifU gene.

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    Defrancesco, N; Potts, M

    1988-01-01

    The heterocystous cyanobacterium Nostoc commune UTEX 584 contains two nifH-like sequences (nifH1 and nifH2) in addition to nifHD. A region of DNA 1 kilobase upstream from the 5' end of nifH showed considerable sequence similarity to part of the published nifU sequences of Azotobacter vinelandii and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

  1. Studies on the incorporation of a covalently bound disubstituted phosphate residue into Azotobacter vinelandii flavodoxin in vivo.

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    Boylan, M H; Edmondson, D E

    1990-06-15

    Previous studies have shown the flavodoxin from Azotobacter vinelandii (strain OP, Berkeley) to contain a covalently bound disubstituted phosphate residue [Edmondson & James (1979) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 76, 3786-3789]. Phosphorylation of the protein in vivo was investigated by the addition of [32P]phosphate to cells grown under N2-fixing conditions, under conditions of nif-gene repression and under conditions of nif-gene de-repression. Rocket immunoelectrophoresis of cell extracts showed an approx. 5-fold decrease in the concentration of flavodoxin expressed in cells grown in the presence of NH4+ as compared with those grown under N2-fixing conditions. A similar increase in flavodoxin concentration was observed on nif-gene de-repression. Incorporation of [32P]phosphate occurs only into newly synthesized flavodoxin, as observed on SDS/PAGE of immunoprecipitates of cell extracts. Western blots demonstrated no observable precursor forms of flavodoxin. These data provide conclusive evidence for the phosphorylation of Azotobacter strain OP flavodoxin in vivo and suggest that the covalently bound phosphate residue does not exchange with cellular phosphate pools. Thus the role of this phosphodiester cross-link is proposed to be structural rather than regulatory. PMID:2363708

  2. Complementation of a pleiotropic Nif-Gln regulatory mutant of Rhodospirillum rubrum by a previously unrecognized Azotobacter vinelandii regulatory locus.

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    Hu, C Z; Yoch, D C

    1990-01-01

    A spontaneous pleiotropic Nif- mutation in Rhodospirillum rubrum has been partially characterized biochemically and by complementation analysis with recombinant plasmids carrying Azotobacter vinelandii DNA in the vicinity of ORF12 [Jacobson et al. (1989) J. Bacteriol 171: 1017-1027]. In addition to being unable to grow on N2 as a nitrogen source the phenotypic characterization of this and other metronidazole enriched spontaneous mutants showed (a) no nitrogenase activity, (b) the absence of NifHDK polypeptides, (c) a slower growth rate on NH4+, (d) approximately 50% higher glutamine synthetase (GS) activity than the wild-type, which was repressible, (e) an inability to switch-off GS activity in response to an NH4+ up-shift, and (f) an inability to modify (32P-label) the GS polypeptide. The apparent relationship between the absence of nifHDK expression and the absence of GS adenylylation cannot be explained in terms of the current model for nif gene regulation. However, R. rubrum transconjugants receiving A. vinelandii DNA which originated immediately upstream from nifH, restored all aspects of the wild-type phenotype. These data suggest a here-to-fore unrecognized relationship between nif expression and GS switch-off (adenylylation) activity, and the existence of a previously unidentified regulatory locus in Azotobacter that complements this mutation. PMID:1980582

  3. Molecular Study of nifH1, nifH2, nifH3, nifU, nifV, VF Genes and Classical Approach Cared out to Identification of Azotobacter chrococcum from Soil

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    Adel Kamal Khider

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    The present study aimed to compare classical approach with molecular based method for identification of Azotobacter chrococcum from soil samples. A. chrococcum was isolated from soil source in Erbil city, Iraq. They were cultivated under laboratory conditions using Nitrogen free Azotobacter specific medium. A. chrococcum was present in all soil samples. result shows that A. chrococcum were rod shape, motility occur through the use of peritrichous flagella, cysts-forming, positive to oxidase, ...

  4. Mössbauer characterization of the metal clusters in Azotobacter vinelandii nitrogenase VFe protein.

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    Ravi, N; Moore, V; Lloyd, S G; Hales, B J; Huynh, B H

    1994-08-19

    The VFe protein of alternative nitrogenase, isolated from Azotobacter vinelandii, strain LS15 and designated as Av1', has been investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The Mössbauer spectrum of the dithionite-reduced Av1', recorded at 4.2 K with a 60-millitesla magnetic field applied parallel to the gamma-beam, is a superposition of three spectral components: 1) a complex spectrum (the M component) with magnetic hyperfine structures attributed to the paramagnetic FeV cofactor, 2) a component (the P component) consisting of three quadrupole doublets identifiable as the Fe2+, D, and S doublets similar to those observed for the P cluster pairs in MoFe proteins, and 3) a minor (4% of total absorption) quadrupole doublet attributable to adventitiously bound iron. The observed 4.2-K parameters for the Fe2+ (delta EQ = 2.99 mm/s and delta = 0.64 mm/s), D (delta EQ = 0.75 mm/s and delta = 0.63 mm/s), and S (delta EQ = 1.2 mm/s and delta = 0.65 mm/s) iron sites and their temperature dependence are very similar to those observed for the P cluster pairs in the conventional MoFe proteins. Similar to those of the MoFe protein, strong field spectra indicate that these doublets are associated with a diamagnetic system. Their percent absorption intensities (Fe(2+)/D/S = 13.0:32.2:6.8) determined at 4.2 K after the removal of the contributions from the adventitiously bound iron are comparable to those of the P cluster pairs in MoFe proteins. These observations established that Av1' also contains P cluster pairs that are identical, in both composition and quantity, to those of the MoFe proteins; i.e. each molecule contains two P cluster pairs and each pair is formed by two Fe2+, five D, and one S iron sites. Considering that 52% absorption of the P component corresponding to two 8Fe clusters, the remaining 48% absorption determined for the M component is consistent with two 7Fe-containing FeV cofactors/molecule of Av1'. The fact that both P cluster pairs are found in the

  5. Nif- phenotype of Azotobacter vinelandii UW97. Characterization and mutational analysis.

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    Pulakat, L; Hausman, B S; Lei, S; Gavini, N

    1996-01-26

    We have identified the molecular basis for the nitrogenase negative phenotype exhibited by Azotobacter vinelandii UW97. This strain was initially isolated following nitrosoguanidine mutagenesis. Recently, it was shown that this strain lacks the Fe protein activity, which results in the synthesis of a FeMo cofactor-deficient apodinitrogenase. Activation of this apodinitrogenase requires the addition of both MgATP and wild-type Fe protein to the crude extracts made by A. vinelandii UW97 (Allen, R.M., Homer, M.J., Chatterjee R., Ludden, P.W., Roberts, G.P., and Shah, V.K. (1993) J. Biol. Chem. 268 23670-23674). Earlier, we proposed the sequence of events in the MoFe protein assembly based on the biochemical and spectroscopic analysis of the purified apodinitrogenase from A. vinelandii DJ54 (Gavini, N., Ma, L., Watt, G., and Burgess, B.K. (1994) Biochemistry 33, 11842-11849). Taken together, these results imply that the assembly process of apodinitrogenase is arrested at the same step in both of these strains. Since A. vinelandii DJ54 is a delta nifH strain, this strain is not useful in identifying the features of the Fe protein involved in the MoFe protein assembly. Here, we report a systematic analysis of an A. vinelandii UW97 mutant and show that, unlike A. vinelandii DJ54, the nifH gene of A. vinelandii UW97 has no deletion in either coding sequence or the surrounding sequences. The specific mutation responsible for the Nif- phenotype of A. vinelandii UW97 is the substitution of a non-conserved serine at position 44 of the Fe protein by a phenylalanine as shown by DNA sequencing. Furthermore, oligonucleotide site-directed mutagenesis was employed to confirm that the Nif- phenotype in A. vinelandii UW97 is exclusively due to the substitution of the Fe protein residue serine 44 by phenylalanine. By contrast, replacing Ser-44 with alanine did not affect the Nif phenotype of A. vinelandii. Therefore, it seems that the Nif- phenotype of A. vinelandii UW97 is caused by a

  6. Spectroscopic and functional characterization of iron-bound forms of Azotobacter vinelandii (Nif)IscA.

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    Mapolelo, Daphne T; Zhang, Bo; Naik, Sunil G; Huynh, Boi Hanh; Johnson, Michael K

    2012-10-16

    The ability of Azotobacter vinelandii(Nif)IscA to bind Fe has been investigated to assess the role of Fe-bound forms in NIF-specific Fe-S cluster biogenesis. (Nif)IscA is shown to bind one Fe(III) or one Fe(II) per homodimer and the spectroscopic and redox properties of both the Fe(III)- and Fe(II)-bound forms have been characterized using the UV-visible absorption, circular dichroism, and variable-temperature magnetic circular dichroism, electron paramagnetic resonance, Mössbauer and resonance Raman spectroscopies. The results reveal a rhombic intermediate-spin (S = 3/2) Fe(III) center (E/D = 0.33, D = 3.5 ± 1.5 cm(-1)) that is most likely 5-coordinate with two or three cysteinate ligands and a rhombic high spin (S = 2) Fe(II) center (E/D = 0.28, D = 7.6 cm(-1)) with properties similar to reduced rubredoxins or rubredoxin variants with three cysteinate and one or two oxygenic ligands. Iron-bound (Nif)IscA undergoes reversible redox cycling between the Fe(III)/Fe(II) forms with a midpoint potential of +36 ± 15 mV at pH 7.8 (versus NHE). l-Cysteine is effective in mediating release of free Fe(II) from both the Fe(II)- and Fe(III)-bound forms of (Nif)IscA. Fe(III)-bound (Nif)IscA was also shown to be a competent iron source for in vitro NifS-mediated [2Fe-2S] cluster assembly on the N-terminal domain of NifU, but the reaction occurs via cysteine-mediated release of free Fe(II) rather than direct iron transfer. The proposed roles of A-type proteins in storing Fe under aerobic growth conditions and serving as iron donors for cluster assembly on U-type scaffold proteins or maturation of biological [4Fe-4S] centers are discussed in light of these results. PMID:23003563

  7. Identification of essential amino-acid residues in Azotobacter vinelandii isocitrate dehydrogenase by radical anions and H atoms

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    Pure TPN+-specific isocitrate dehydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii was irradiated with H atoms generated in a γ-irradiated solution at pH 6.5. A G(-activity) = 0.12 +- 0.01 was found. At the same time no corresponding loss in free sulfhydryls was observed. These results confirmed the essentiality of methionine for the enzymatic activity as known from previous studies. Irradiation with the radical anions, (CNS)2- and Br2- generated in γ-irradiated solutions at pH 6.5, strongly inactivated isocitrate dehydrogenase with yields of G(-activity) of 2.1 and 3.9, respectively. Part of the inactivating effect, however, is due to oxidation of sulfhydryl groups. These results lead to the conclusion that tryptophan is an essential amino-acid residue to isocitrate dehydrogenase from A. vinelandii. The presence of tryptophan in the enzyme was demonstrated by pulse radiolysis

  8. Peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerase-independent functional NifH mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Gavini, Nara; Tungtur, Sudheer; Pulakat, Lakshmi

    2006-08-01

    Peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerases (PPIases) play a pivotal role in catalyzing the correct folding of many prokaryotic and eukaryotic proteins that are implicated in a variety of biological functions, ranging from cell cycle regulation to bacterial infection. The nif accessory protein NifM, which is essential for the biogenesis of a functional NifH component of nitrogenase, is a PPIase. To understand the nature of the molecular signature that defines the NifM dependence of NifH, we screened a library of nifH mutants in the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii for mutants that acquired NifM independence. Here, we report that NifH can acquire NifM independence when the conserved Pro258 located in the C-terminal region of NifH, which wraps around the other subunit in the NifH dimer, is replaced by serine. PMID:16885471

  9. APLICACIÓN DE AZOTOBACTER CHROOCOCCUM EN LA PRODUCCIÓN DE PLÁNTULAS DE TABACO NEGRO

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    Yarilis León González

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    en la producción de plántulas de tabaco. Los resultados mostraron que con la aplicación de Azotobacter chroococcum, se lograron mejorar las características morfológicas de las plántulas, como el diámetro y longitud del tallo y la masa fresca y seca total. Además se redujo el ciclo del semillero en siete días. La variante biofertilizada tuvo el mejor comportamiento económico en comparación con la testigo, con valores de utilidades por hectárea de $ 23 344,9, rentabilidad de 127,05 % y costos de $ 0,44 por cada peso recibido.

  10. Nucleotide sequence and mutational analysis of the structural genes (anfHDGK) for the second alternative nitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Joerger, R D; Jacobson, M R; Premakumar, R; Wolfinger, E D; Bishop, P E

    1989-02-01

    The nucleotide sequence of a region of the Azotobacter vinelandii genome exhibiting sequence similarity to nifH has been determined. The order of open reading frames within this 6.1-kilobase-pair region was found to be anfH (alternative nitrogen fixation, nifH-like gene), anfD (nifD-like gene), anfG (potentially encoding a protein similar to the product of vnfG from Azotobacter chroococcum), anfK (nifK-like gene), followed by two additional open reading frames. The 5'-flanking region of anfH contains a nif promoter similar to that found in the A. vinelandii nifHDK gene cluster. The presumed products of anfH, anfD, and anfK are similar in predicted Mr and pI to the previously described subunits of nitrogenase 3. Deletion plus insertion mutations introduced into the anfHDGK region of wild-type strain A. vinelandii CA resulted in mutant strains that were unable to grow in Mo-deficient, N-free medium but grew in the presence of 1 microM Na2MoO4 or V2O5. Introduction of the same mutations into the nifHDK deletion strain CA11 resulted in strains that grew under diazotrophic conditions only in the presence of vanadium. The lack of nitrogenase 3 subunits in these mutant strains was demonstrated through two-dimensional gel analysis of protein extracts from cells derepressed for nitrogenase under Mo and V deficiency. These results indicate that anfH, anfD, and anfK encode structural proteins for nitrogenase 3. PMID:2644222

  11. Characterization of free nitrogen fixing bacteria of the genus Azotobacter in organic vegetable-grown Colombian soils

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    Diego Javier Jiménez

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available With the purpose of isolating and characterizing free nitrogen fixing bacteria (FNFB of the genus Azotobacter, soil samples were collected randomly from different vegetable organic cultures with neutral pH in different zones of Boyacá-Colombia. Isolations were done in selective free nitrogen Ashby-Sucrose agar obtaining a recovery of 40%. Twenty four isolates were evaluated for colony and cellular morphology, pigment production and metabolic activities. Molecular characterization was carried out using amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis (ARDRA. After digestion of 16S rDNA Y1-Y3 PCR products (1487pb with AluI, HpaII and RsaI endonucleases, a polymorphism of 16% was obtained. Cluster analysis showed three main groups based on DNA fingerprints. Comparison between ribotypes generated by isolates and in silico restriction of 16S rDNA partial sequences with same restriction enzymes was done with Gen Workbench v.2.2.4 software. Nevertheless, Y1-Y2 PCR products were analysed using BLASTn. Isolate C5T from tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum grown soils presented the same in silico restriction patterns with A. chroococcum (AY353708 and 99% of similarity with the same sequence. Isolate C5CO from cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis grown soils showed black pigmentation in Ashby-Benzoate agar and high similarity (91% with A. nigricans (AB175651 sequence. In this work we demonstrated the utility of molecular techniques and bioinformatics tools as a support to conventional techniques in characterization of the genus Azotobacter from vegetable-grown soils.

  12. Regulated expression of the nifM of Azotobacter vinelandii in response to molybdenum and vanadium supplements in Burk's nitrogen-free growth medium.

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    Lei, S; Pulakat, L; Gavini, N

    1999-10-14

    Azotobacter is a diazotrophic bacterium that harbors three genetically distinct nitrogenases referred to as nif, vnf, and anf systems. The nifM is an accessory gene located in the nif gene cluster and is transcriptionally regulated by the NifA. However, Azotobacter mutants that lack NifA are known to synthesize functional NifM and this accessory protein is known to be needed for the activity of nitrogenase-2 and nitrogenase-3. To determine how the transcription of nifM is regulated when Azotobacter is grown under conditions in which nitrogenase-2 or nitrogenase-3 is expressed, we generated an Azotobacter vinelandii strain that carries a nifM:lacZ-kanamycin resistance gene cassette in its chromosome. In this strain the nifM open reading frame was disrupted by the presence of a lacZ-kanamycin resistance gene cassette so that it could not produce active NifM. Moreover, the lacZ gene was placed under the transcriptional control elements of the nifM gene so that the lacZ expression could be used as a marker to determine the extent of expression of the nifM gene under different growth conditions. Our results show that this strain was unable to grow in Burk's nitrogen-free medium supplemented with either molybdenum or vanadium or lacking both metals suggesting that in the absence of functional NifM none of the nitrogenases were active. It was also found that the nifM expression was differentially regulated when the A. vinelandii cells were grown under conditions that activate nitrogenase-2 and nitrogenase-3, as determined by liquid beta-galactosidase activity measurements. These results suggest that the transcriptional activators, VnfA and AnfA, may regulate the nifM expression. PMID:10527862

  13. mRNA Extraction and Reverse Transcription-PCR Protocol for Detection of nifH Gene Expression by Azotobacter vinelandii in Soil

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    Bürgmann, Helmut; Widmer, Franco; Sigler, William V.; Zeyer, Josef

    2003-01-01

    The study of free-living nitrogen-fixing organisms in bulk soil is hampered by the great diversity of soil microbial communities and the difficulty of relating nitrogen fixation activities to individual members of the diazotroph populations. We developed a molecular method that allows analysis of nifH mRNA expression in soil in parallel with determinations of nitrogen-fixing activity and bacterial growth. In this study, Azotobacter vinelandii growing in sterile soil and liquid culture served ...

  14. Azotobacter vinelandii NIFL is a flavoprotein that modulates transcriptional activation of nitrogen-fixation genes via a redox-sensitive switch.

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    Hill, S.; Austin, S; Eydmann, T.; Jones, T.; Dixon, R

    1996-01-01

    The NIFL regulatory protein controls transcriptional activation of nitrogen fixation (nif) genes in Azotobacter vinelandii by direct interaction with the enhancer binding protein NIFA. Modulation of NIFA activity by NIFL, in vivo occurs in response to external oxygen concentration or the level of fixed nitrogen. Spectral features of purified NIFL and chromatographic analysis indicate that it is a flavoprotein with FAD as the prosthetic group, which undergoes reduction in the presence of sodiu...

  15. Comparative organization of nitrogen fixation-specific genes from Azotobacter vinelandii and Klebsiella pneumoniae: DNA sequence of the nifUSV genes.

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    Beynon, J; Ally, A; Cannon, M; Cannon, F.; Jacobson, M.; Cash, V; Dean, D.

    1987-01-01

    In the facultative anaerobe Klebsiella pneumoniae 17 nitrogen fixation-specific genes (nif genes) have been identified. Homologs to 12 of these genes have now been isolated from the aerobic diazotroph Azotobacter vinelandii. Comparative studies have indicated that these diverse microorganisms share striking similarities in the genetic organization of their nif genes and in the primary structure of their individual nif gene products. In this study the complete nucleotide sequence of the nifUSV...

  16. Genetic analysis of nifF and nifA and site-directed mutagenesis of nifE in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Bennett, Lisa Tracy

    1989-01-01

    Nitrogenase-catalyzed nitrogen fixation is a biochemically and genetically complex process requiring the participation of a number of different nif (nitrogen fixation) gene products. The nifF (electron transport), nifA (nif gene regulation) and nifE (FeMo-cofactor biosynthesis) genes from Azotobacter vinelandii were genetically analyzed. The nucleotide sequence of the nifF gene, which encodes a flavodoxin, was determined. Specific mutation strains indicated that in A vineland...

  17. Cloning and Characterization of Three Transketolase Genes (tktA1, tktA2 and tktA3) from Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Khider, Miriam

    2010-01-01

    Alginate is synthesized by the gram-negative bacteria Azotobacter vinelandii. Alginate appears as an important component in both active vegetative cells and in cysts, which is one of the bacteriums life cycle forms. Transketolase is an essential enzyme in the non-oxidative branch of the pentose phosphate pathway. Transketolase is responsible for the conversion of D-erythrose 4-phosphate to Dfructose 6-phosphate which is the starting precursor in alginate biosynthesis. Mutant and wild-type tra...

  18. Characterization of a spontaneous mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii in which vanadium-dependent nitrogen fixation is not inhibited by molybdenum.

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    Bageshwar, U K; Raina, R; Das, H K

    1998-05-01

    A spontaneous mutant derivative of Azotobacter vinelandii CA12 (delta nif HDK), which vanadium-dependent nitrogen fixation is not inhibited by molybdenum (A. vinelandii CARR), grows profusely on BNF-agar containing 1 microM Na2MoO4, alone or supplemented with 1 microM V2O5. The expression of A. vinelandii vnfH::lacZ and vnfA::lacZ fusions in A. vinelandii CARR was not inhibited by 1 mM Na2MoO4, whereas molybdenum at much lower concentration inhibited the expression of vnfH::lacZ and vnfA::lacZ fusions in A. vinlandii CA12. The mutant also exhibited normal acetylene reduction activity in the presence of 1 microM Na2MoO4. The expression of A. vinelandii nifH::lacZ fusion in A. vinelandii CARR was low even though the cells were cultured under non-repressing conditions with urea as nitrogen source in the presence of Na2MoO4. The molybdenum content of A. vinelandii CARR cells was found to be about one-fourth that of A. vinelandii CA12. No nitrate reductase activity could be detected in A. vinelandii CARR when the cells were cultured in the presence of 10 microM Na2MoO4, whereas A. vinelandii CA12 exhibited some activity even with 100 pM Na2MoO4. PMID:9595678

  19. PERFORMANCE AND PERSISTENCE OF GREEN FLUORESCENT PROTEIN (gfp) MARKED AZOTOBACTER CHROOCOCCUM IN STERILIZED AND UNSTERILIZED WHEAT RHIZOSPHERIC SOIL

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    SINGH R; KUMAR V; SHARMA S; BEHL RK; SINGH BP; NARULA N

    2005-01-01

    The persistence and performance (growth promoting potential) of green fluorescent protein (gfp) marked Azotobacter chroococcum strain ABR 4G were studied in sterilized and unsterilized wheat rhizospheric soil. The gfp was integrated via Tn 5 transposition into A. chroococcum chromosome and the resultant gfp marked colonies were identified by green fluorescent emission under UV light. The gfp was stably maintained in A. chroococcum and the gfp insertion had no apparent adverse effect on the growth promoting properties of the marked soil isolate ABR 4G. The growth promoting properties ( nitrogen fixation, ammonia excretion, phosphate solubilization and IAA production) of the parent soil isolate and the gfp marked strain were found to be almost the same. All the quantitative wheat plant traits were significantly influenced by inoculation of A. chroococcum ABR 4G strain in sterilized and unsterilized soil. Inoculated bacterial counts increased gradually in wheat rhizosphere, reached maximum on 60th d and declined on 80th d. Fertility levels also affected survival of marked strain and the survival was comparable in sterilized and unsterilized soil. The growth promoting properties were also determined from the marked strain reisolated from wheat rhizosphere in both types of soil. Fig 1, Tab 2, Ref 22

  20. SMALL SCALE PRODUCTION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ALGINATE FROM AZOTOBACTER CHROOCOCCUM USING DIFFERENT SUBSTRATES UNDER VARIOUS STRESS CONDITIONS

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    Gayathri Pandurangan

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    Full Text Available Alginates form an important family of biopolymers. These are linear polysaccharides composed of variable amounts of (1–4-β-D-mannuronic acid and its epimer, α-L-guluronic acid. Currently, commercial alginates are extracted from marine brown algae. Considering the merits of bacterial alginates, optimal fermentation conditions aiming at the maximization of alginate using bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum from different substrates were examined. Whey, molasses, ammonium nitrate, starch, yeast extract, butanol, mannitol, and glucose have been used. The alginate obtained from whey (45.15%, ammonium nitrate (46.02% and butanol (47.3% varied. Among the physical stress conditions, the production of alginate was maximum at heat shock 50 0C for 30min (42.96% followed by 41.29% on UV radiation for 10 min. At pH 7 and 8 the alginate produced was 44.63% and 46.64% respectively. Carbazole reagent was used to recognize alginate; it was lyophilized and quantitated by gas chromatography.

  1. Optimization of Extracellular Polymeric Substances production using Azotobacter beijreinckii and Bacillus subtilis and its application in chromium (VI) removal.

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    Chug, Ravneet; Gour, Vinod Singh; Mathur, Shruti; Kothari, S L

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    Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) of microbial origin are complex biopolymers and vary greatly in their chemical composition. They have a great potential in chelation of metal ions. In this work, the effect of growth phase, temperature and pH on production of EPS by two bacteria Azotobacter beijreinckii and Bacillus subtilis have been studied. Extracted EPS was used to remove Cr(VI) from aqueous system. A. beijreinckii produced maximum EPS after 24h at pH 7 and temperature 30°C while B. subtilis produced maximum EPS after 96h at pH 7 and temperature 37°C. For an initial concentration of 10ppm, 26% and 48% Cr(VI) removal was recorded for EPS derived from A. beijreinckii and B. subtilis respectively. The presence of functional groups on EPS and their interaction with Cr(VI) was confirmed using Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra analysis. In both the bacteria, carboxyl and phosphate groups show involvement in metal binding. PMID:27183236

  2. Mutant Forms of the Azotobacter vinelandii Transcriptional Activator NifA Resistant to Inhibition by the NifL Regulatory Protein

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    Reyes-Ramirez, Francisca; Little, Richard; Dixon, Ray

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    The Azotobacter vinelandii σ54-dependent transcriptional activator protein NifA is regulated by the NifL protein in response to redox, carbon, and nitrogen status. Under conditions inappropriate for nitrogen fixation, NifL inhibits transcription activation by NifA through the formation of the NifL-NifA protein complex. NifL inhibits the ATPase activity of the central AAA+ domain of NifA required to drive open complex formation by σ54-RNA polymerase and may also inhibit the activator-polymeras...

  3. Activity, reconstitution, and accumulation of nitrogenase components in Azotobacter vinelandii mutant strains containing defined deletions within the nitrogenase structural gene cluster.

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    Robinson, A. C.; Burgess, B. K.; Dean, D R

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    The Azotobacter vinelandii genes encoding the nitrogenase structural components are clustered and ordered: nifH (Fe protein)-nifD (MoFe protein alpha subunit)-nifK (MoFe protein beta subunit). In this study various A. vinelandii mutant strains which contain defined deletions within the nitrogenase structural genes were isolated and studied. Mutants deleted for the nifD or nifK genes were still able to accumulate significant amounts of the unaltered MoFe protein subunit as well as active Fe pr...

  4. A crucial arginine residue is required for a conformational switch in NifL to regulate nitrogen fixation in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Martinez-Argudo, Isabel; Little, Richard; Dixon, Ray

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    NifL is an antiactivator that tightly regulates transcription of genes required for nitrogen fixation in Azotobacter vinelandii by controlling the activity of its partner protein NifA, a member of the family of σ54-dependent transcriptional activators. Although the C-terminal region of A. vinelandii NifL shows homology to the transmitter domains of histidine protein kinases, signal transduction between NifL and NifA is conveyed by means of protein-protein interactions rather than by phosphory...

  5. Nucleotide sequence and genetic analysis of the Azotobacter chroococcum nifUSVWZM gene cluster, including a new gene (nifP) which encodes a serine acetyltransferase.

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    Evans, D J; Jones, R; Woodley, P R; Wilborn, J R; Robson, R.L.

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    Nucleotide sequence was obtained for a region of 7,099 bp spanning the nifU, nifS, nifV, nifW, nifZ, and nifM genes from Azotobacter chroococcum. Chromosomal mutations constructed at several sites within the locus confirmed a requirement for this region for expression of the molybdenum nitrogenase in this organism. The genes are tightly clustered and ordered as in Klebsiella pneumoniae except for two additional open reading frames (ORFs) between nifV and nifW. The arrangement of genes in A. c...

  6. Expression from the nifB promoter of Azotobacter vinelandii can be activated by NifA, VnfA, or AnfA transcriptional activators.

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    Drummond, M; Walmsley, J.; Kennedy, C

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    In Azotobacter vinelandii, nifB is required for the activity of all three nitrogenases. Expression of a nifB-lacZ fusion was examined to determine which regulatory gene products are important for nifB expression and how its transcription is regulated in response to metals. In all conditions, expression in A. vinelandii was eliminated by an rpoN mutation, confirming the absolute requirement for sigma N. In the wild type, nifB-lacZ expression was approximately twofold higher in cells grown with...

  7. Second gene (nifH*) coding for a nitrogenase iron protein in Azotobacter chroococcum is adjacent to a gene coding for a ferredoxin-like protein

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    Robson, Robert; Woodley, Paul; Jones, Robert

    1986-01-01

    Azotobacter chroococcum MCD1 contains a cluster of nitrogen fixation (nif) genes coding for the structural polypeptides for nitrogenase (nifH for the Fe-protein and nifD and nifK for the MoFe protein) and a second sequence in the genome homologous to nifH. DNA fragments bearing this second nifH-like sequence were cloned and the DNA sequence around the homologous region determined. Two open reading frames were identified in this region. One codes for a protein of 289 amino acid residues and is...

  8. Role of Escherichia coli Nitrogen Regulatory Genes in the Nitrogen Response of the Azotobacter vinelandii NifL-NifA Complex

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    Reyes-Ramirez, Francisca; Little, Richard; Dixon, Ray

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    The redox-sensing flavoprotein NifL inhibits the activity of the nitrogen fixation (nif)-specific transcriptional activator NifA in Azotobacter vinelandii in response to molecular oxygen and fixed nitrogen. Although the mechanism whereby the A. vinelandii NifL-NifA system responds to fixed nitrogen in vivo is unknown, the glnK gene, which encodes a PII-like signal transduction protein, has been implicated in nitrogen control. However, the precise function of A. vinelandii glnK in this respons...

  9. Mutational Inactivation of a Gene Homologous to Escherichia coli ptsP Affects Poly-β-Hydroxybutyrate Accumulation and Nitrogen Fixation in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Segura, Daniel; Espín, Guadalupe

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    Strain DS988, an Azotobacter vinelandii mutant with a reduced capacity to accumulate poly-β-hydroxybutyrate, was isolated after mini-Tn5 mutagenesis of the UW136 strain. Cloning and nucleotide sequencing of the affected locus revealed a gene homologous to Escherichia coli ptsP which encodes enzyme INtr, a homologue of enzyme I of the phosphoenol pyruvate-sugar phosphotransferase system with an N-terminal domain similar to the N-terminal domain of some NifA proteins. Strain DS988 was unable to...

  10. Identification of a positive transcription regulatory element within the coding region of the nifLA operon in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Mitra, Ranjana; Das, Hirendra K; Dixit, Aparna

    2005-07-01

    Nitrogen fixation in Azotobacter vinelandii is regulated by the nifLA operon. NifA activates the transcription of nif genes, while NifL antagonizes the transcriptional activator NifA in response to fixed nitrogen and molecular oxygen levels. However, transcriptional regulation of the nifLA operon of A. vinelandii itself is not fully understood. Using the S1 nuclease assay, we mapped the transcription start site of the nifLA operon, showing it to be similar to the sigma54-dependent promoters. We also identified a positive cis-acting regulatory element (+134 to +790) of the nifLA operon within the coding region of the nifL gene of A. vinelandii. Deletion of this element results in complete loss of promoter activity. Several protein factors bind to this region, and the specific binding sites have been mapped by DNase I foot printing. Two of these sites, namely dR1 (+134 to +204) and dR2 (+745 to +765), are involved in regulating the nifLA promoter activity. The absence of NtrC-like binding sites in the upstream region of the nifLA operon in A. vinelandii makes the identification of these downstream elements a highly significant finding. The interaction of the promoter with the proteins binding to the dR2 region spanning +745 to +765 appears to be dependent on the face of the helix as introduction of 4 bases just before this region completely disrupts promoter activity. Thus, the positive regulatory element present within the BglII-BglII fragment may play, in part; an important role in nifLA regulation in A. vinelandii. PMID:16000781

  11. Lethality of glnD null mutations in Azotobacter vinelandii is suppressible by prevention of glutamine synthetase adenylylation.

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    Colnaghi, R; Rudnick, P; He, L; Green, A; Yan, D; Larson, E; Kennedy, C

    2001-05-01

    GlnD is a pivotal protein in sensing intracellular levels of fixed nitrogen and has been best studied in enteric bacteria, where it reversibly uridylylates two related proteins, PII and GlnK. The uridylylation state of these proteins determines the activities of glutamine synthetase (GS) and NtrC. Results presented here demonstrate that glnD is an essential gene in Azotobacter vinelandii. Null glnD mutations were introduced into the A. vinelandii genome, but none could be stably maintained unless a second mutation was present that resulted in unregulated activity of GS. One mutation, gln-71, occurred spontaneously to give strain MV71, which failed to uridylylate the GlnK protein. The second, created by design, was glnAY407F (MV75), altering the adenylylation site of GS. The gln-71 mutation is probably located in glnE, encoding adenylyltransferase, because introducing the Escherichia coli glnE gene into MV72, a glnD(+) derivative of MV71, restored the regulation of GS activity. GlnK-UMP is therefore apparently required for GS to be sufficiently deadenylylated in A. vinelandii for growth to occur. The DeltaglnD GS(c) isolates were Nif(-), which could be corrected by introducing a nifL mutation, confirming a role for GlnD in mediating nif gene regulation via some aspect of the NifL/NifA interaction. MV71 was unexpectedly NtrC(+), suggesting that A. vinelandii NtrC activity might be regulated differently than in enteric organisms. PMID:11320130

  12. Assessment of free-living nitrogen fixing microorganisms for commercial nitrogen fixation. [Klebsiella penumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Stokes, B.O.; Wallace, C.J.

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    This economic assessment indicates that ammonia production by Klebsiella penumoniae is not economical with present strains; and improving nitrogen fixation to its theoretical limits in this organism is not sufficient to achieve economic viability. Contamination and reversion of the mutant are major technical problems. This leads to sterilization requirements which are economically prohibitive. Ammonia is a low value product and has been obtained only in dilute solutions with biological systems. Since the value of both the hydrogen produced by this organism and the methane value of the carbon source required greatly exceed the value of the ammonia formed, ammonia (fixed nitrogen) should be considered the by-product and attention should be focused on other products. The production of hydrogen by Klebsiella or other anaerobic nitrogen fixers should receive additional study, since the value of hydrogen produced by Klebsiella greatly exceeds the value of the nitrogen fixed and since the activity of nitrogenase offers a significant improvement in hydrogen production. At observed efficiencies, the production of fixed nitrogen in the form of cell mass by Azotobacter is also uneconomical and the methane value of the carbon substrate exceeds the value of the nitrogen fixed. Parametric studies indicate that as efficiencies approach the theoretical limits the economics may become competititve under the assumptions of the economic model employed. The use of nif-derepressed microorganisms, particularly blue--green algae, may have significant potential for in situ fertilization in the environment. Additional work is required to determine: (1) the extent of in situ nitrogen fixation when nif-derepressed strains are added to the environment and; (2) how effective these strains are in increasing crop yields through the production of substances, other than fixed nitrogen, which may enhance plant growth.

  13. Modeling and Re-Engineering of Azotobacter vinelandii Alginate Lyase to Enhance Its Catalytic Efficiency for Accelerating Biofilm Degradation

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    Jang, Chul Ho; Piao, Yu Lan; Huang, Xiaoqin; Yoon, Eun Jeong; Park, So Hee; Lee, Kyoung; Zhan, Chang-Guo; Cho, Hoon

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    Alginate is known to prevent elimination of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Alginate lyase (AlgL) might therefore facilitate treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-infected cystic fibrosis patients. However, the catalytic activity of wild-type AlgL is not sufficiently high. Therefore, molecular modeling and site-directed mutagenesis of AlgL might assist in enzyme engineering for therapeutic development. AlgL, isolated from Azotobacter vinelandii, catalyzes depolymerization of alginate via a β-elimination reaction. AlgL was modeled based on the crystal structure template of Sphingomonas AlgL species A1-III. Based on this computational analysis, AlgL was subjected to site-directed mutagenesis to improve its catalytic activity. The kcat/Km of the K194E mutant showed a nearly 5-fold increase against the acetylated alginate substrate, as compared to the wild-type. Double and triple mutants (K194E/K245D, K245D/K319A, K194E/K245D/E312D, and K194E/K245D/K319A) were also prepared. The most potent mutant was observed to be K194E/K245D/K319A, which has a 10-fold improved kcat value (against acetylated alginate) compared to the wild-type enzyme. The antibiofilm effect of both AlgL forms was identified in combination with piperacillin/tazobactam (PT) and the disruption effect was significantly higher in mutant AlgL combined with PT than wild-type AlgL. However, for both the wild-type and K194E/K245D/K319A mutant, the use of the AlgL enzyme alone did not show significant antibiofilm effect. PMID:27253324

  14. Characterization of the gamma protein and its involvement in the metallocluster assembly and maturation of dinitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Homer, M J; Dean, D R; Roberts, G P

    1995-10-20

    Dinitrogenase, the enzyme capable of catalyzing the reduction of N2, is a heterotetramer (alpha 2 beta 2) and contains the iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) at the active site of the enzyme. Mutant strains unable to synthesize FeMo-co accumulate an apo form of dinitrogenase, which is enzymatically inactive but can be activated in vitro by the addition of purified FeMo-co. Apodinitrogenase from certain mutant strains of Azotobacter vinelandii has a subunit composition of alpha 2 beta 2 gamma 2. The gamma subunit has been implicated as necessary for the efficient activation of apodinitrogenase in vitro. Characterization of gamma protein in crude extracts and partially pure fractions has suggested that it is a chaperone-insertase required by apodinitrogenase for the insertion of FeMo-co. These are three major forms of gamma protein detectable by Western analysis of native gels. An apodinitrogenase-associated form is found in extracts of nifB or nifNE strains and dissociates from the apocomplex upon addition of purified FeMo-co. A second form of gamma protein is unassociated with other proteins and exists as a homodimer. Both of these forms of gamma protein can be converted to a third form by the addition of purified FeMo-co. This conversion requires the addition of active FeMo-co and correlates with the incorporation of iron into gamma protein. Crude extracts that contain this form of gamma protein are capable of donating FeMo-co to apodinitrogenase, thereby activating the apodinitrogenase. These data support a model in which gamma protein is able to interact with both FeMo-co and apodinitrogenase, facilitate FeMo-co insertion into apodinitrogenase, and then dissociate from the activated dinitrogenase complex. PMID:7559591

  15. Molecular Study of nifH1, nifH2, nifH3, nifU, nifV, VF Genes and Classical Approach Cared out to Identification of Azotobacter chrococcum from Soil

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    Adel Kamal Khider

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to compare classical approach with molecular based method for identification of Azotobacter chrococcum from soil samples. A. chrococcum was isolated from soil source in Erbil city, Iraq. They were cultivated under laboratory conditions using Nitrogen free Azotobacter specific medium. A. chrococcum was present in all soil samples. result shows that A. chrococcum were rod shape, motility occur through the use of peritrichous flagella, cysts-forming, positive to oxidase, catalase and tryptophanase test, unable to liquefy gelatin, with insoluble brown or brown-black pigmentation and darken with age. Utilized starch, sucrose, mannitol and moloanat, but not rhamnose. molecular method based on detection of nifgenes have been successfully applied to describe A. chrococcum isolated from soil. The PCR products for nifH1 1102bp, nifH2 246bp, nifH3 128bp, nifU 930bp, nifV 1146bp and VF gene 594bp were detected on gel electrophoresis, while no bands observed for negative control. The isolated bacteria considered Azotobacte chrococcum belonging to Genus Azotobacter.

  16. Producción de un biofertilizante a partir de un aislamiento de Azotobacter nigricans obtenido en un cultivo de Stevia rebaudiana Bert

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    Daniel Borda-Molina

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    Full Text Available Bio-fertilizer production from an isolate of Azotobacter nigricans obtained from a plantation of Stevia rebaudiana Bert. Objective.To isolate nitrogen fixing bacteria to be used in a fertilization regime of an organic agriculture program. Materials and methods. Theisolation of nitrogen fixing bacteria was done in an Ashby-benzoate medium from soil of a Stevia rebaudiana plantation. Isolates identifiedas Azotobacter nigricans were evaluated by their growth kinetics and the strain with the fastest growth was used for the production of abiofertilizer by discontinuous fermentation. The preliminary evaluation of the biofertilizer was done by its inoculation into t hree ridges ofa plantation of S. rebaudiana and yield determination was based upon biomass production and glycoside concentration. Results. Twoisolates (A5 and A6 were identified as A. nigricans based on their phenotypic and genotypic characterization. Isolate A5 was selected forpreparing the biofertilizer because it showed a better stability, pigmentation, a faster growth rate (0.1405 h-1 exponential phase of 18 hoursand an average IAA production of 38.4 mg/ml after 150 hours. The bio-fertilizer was obtained in milk medium with a cell concentration of4x1012 CFU/ml. Conclusions. The preliminary field evaluation showed a positive correlation between the increase of the glycosideconcentration in the leaves of S. rebaudiana and a higher production of biomass in response to the bio-fertilizer application.

  17. Role of GlnK in NifL-mediated regulation of NifA activity in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Rudnick, Paul; Kunz, Christopher; Gunatilaka, Malkanthi K; Hines, Eric R; Kennedy, Christina

    2002-02-01

    In several diazotrophic species of Proteobacteria, P(II) signal transduction proteins have been implicated in the regulation of nitrogen fixation in response to NH(4)(+) by several mechanisms. In Azotobacter vinelandii, expression of nifA, encoding the nif-specific activator, is constitutive, and thus, regulation of NifA activity by the flavoprotein NifL appears to be the primary level of nitrogen control. In vitro and genetic evidence suggests that the nitrogen response involves the P(II)-like GlnK protein and GlnD (uridylyltransferase/uridylyl-removing enzyme), which reversibly uridylylates GlnK in response to nitrogen limitation. Here, the roles of GlnK and GlnK-UMP in A. vinelandii were studied to determine whether the Nif (-) phenotype of glnD strains was due to an inability to modify GlnK, an effort previously hampered because glnK is an essential gene in this organism. A glnKY51F mutation, encoding an unuridylylatable form of the protein, was stable only in a strain in which glutamine synthetase activity is not inhibited by NH(4)(+), suggesting that GlnK-UMP is required to signal adenylyltransferase/adenylyl-removing enzyme-mediated deadenylylation. glnKY51F strains were significantly impaired for diazotrophic growth and expression of a nifH-lacZ fusion. NifL interacted with GlnK and GlnKY51F in a yeast two-hybrid system. Together, these data are consistent with those obtained from in vitro experiments (Little et al., EMBO J., 19:6041-6050, 2000) and support a model for regulation of NifA activity in which unmodified GlnK stimulates NifL inhibition and uridylylation of GlnK in response to nitrogen limitation prevents this function. This model is distinct from one proposed for the related bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae, in which unmodified GlnK relieves NifL inhibition instead of stimulating it. PMID:11790752

  18. Tn5-induced mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii affected in nitrogen fixation under Mo-deficient and Mo-sufficient conditions

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    Joerger, R.D.; Premakumar, R.; Bishop, P.E.

    1986-11-01

    Mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii affected in N/sub 2/ fixation in the presence of 1 ..mu..M Na/sub 2/MoO/sub 4/ (conventional system), 50 nM V/sub 2/O/sub 5/, or under Mo deficiency (alternative system) have been isolated after Tn5 mutagenesis with the suicide plasmid pSUP1011. These mutants are grouped into four broad phenotypic classes. Mutants in the first class are Nif/sup -/ under Mo sufficiency but Nif/sup +/ under Mo deficiency or in the presence of V/sub 2/O/sub 5/. Mutants in the second class are Nif/sup -/ under all conditions. An FeMo-cofactor-negative mutant (NifB/sup -/) belongs to this class. The third mutant class consists of mutants incapable of N/sub 2/-dependent growth under Mo deficiency. Most of the mutants of this class are also affected in N/sub 2/ fixation in the presence of 1 ..mu..M Na/sub 2/MoO/sub 4/, with acetylene reduction rates ranging from 28 to 51% of the rates of the wild type. Strains constructed by genetic transfer of the Kan/sup r/ marker of mutants from this class into nifHDK or nifK deletion mutants showed N/sub 2/-dependent growth only in the presence of V/sup 2/O/sub 5/. The only mutant in the fourth class shows wild-type nitrogenase activity under Mo sufficiency, but only 10% of the acetylene reduction activity of the wild type in the presence of 50 nM V/sub 2/O/sub 5/. The acetylene reduction rates of whole cells of this mutant are identical in Mo-deficient medium and in medium containing V/sub 2/O/sub 5/. The conventional nitrogenase subunits are expressed in this mutant even under Mo deficiency or in the presence of V/sub 2/O/sub 5/; however, the NH/sub 4//sup +/-and Mo-repressible proteins normally seen under these conditions could not be detected on two-dimensional gels.

  19. Spectroscopic and functional characterization of iron-sulfur cluster-bound forms of Azotobacter vinelandii (Nif)IscA.

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    Mapolelo, Daphne T; Zhang, Bo; Naik, Sunil G; Huynh, Boi Hanh; Johnson, Michael K

    2012-10-16

    The mechanism of [4Fe-4S] cluster assembly on A-type Fe-S cluster assembly proteins, in general, and the specific role of (Nif)IscA in the maturation of nitrogen fixation proteins are currently unknown. To address these questions, in vitro spectroscopic studies (UV-visible absorption/CD, resonance Raman and Mössbauer) have been used to investigate the mechanism of [4Fe-4S] cluster assembly on Azotobacter vinelandii(Nif)IscA, and the ability of (Nif)IscA to accept clusters from NifU and to donate clusters to the apo form of the nitrogenase Fe-protein. The results show that (Nif)IscA can rapidly and reversibly cycle between forms containing one [2Fe-2S](2+) and one [4Fe-4S](2+) cluster per homodimer via DTT-induced two-electron reductive coupling of two [2Fe-2S](2+) clusters and O(2)-induced [4Fe-4S](2+) oxidative cleavage. This unique type of cluster interconversion in response to cellular redox status and oxygen levels is likely to be important for the specific role of A-type proteins in the maturation of [4Fe-4S] cluster-containing proteins under aerobic growth or oxidative stress conditions. Only the [4Fe-4S](2+)-(Nif)IscA was competent for rapid activation of apo-nitrogenase Fe protein under anaerobic conditions. Apo-(Nif)IscA was shown to accept clusters from [4Fe-4S] cluster-bound NifU via rapid intact cluster transfer, indicating a potential role as a cluster carrier for delivery of clusters assembled on NifU. Overall the results support the proposal that A-type proteins can function as carrier proteins for clusters assembled on U-type proteins and suggest that they are likely to supply [2Fe-2S] clusters rather than [4Fe-4S] for the maturation of [4Fe-4S] cluster-containing proteins under aerobic or oxidative stress growth conditions. PMID:23003323

  20. A metodologia de superfície de resposta como ferramenta para a avaliação da produção de alginato e poli-hidroxibutirato pela Azotobacter vinelandii = The response surface methodology as a tool for assessing the production of alginate and polyhydroxybutirate by Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Adriana Navarro da Silva; Crispin Humberto Garcia-Cruz

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    O alginato é um polissacarídeo normalmente extraído de paredes celulares de algas marrons e utilizado nas indústrias de alimentos, farmacêuticas e biotecnológicas. A produção é concentrada no cultivo de algas marinhas marrons, mas várias bactérias do gênero Pseudomonas e Azotobacter produzem alginato. A estrutura química dos alginatosproduzidos por algas é similar a dos sintetizados pela A. vinelandii. Esta bactéria também produz polímeros intracelulares como o poli-hidroxibutirato (PHB), con...

  1. NifU and NifS are required for the maturation of nitrogenase and cannot replace the function of isc-gene products in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Johnson, D C; Dos Santos, P C; Dean, D R

    2005-02-01

    In recent years, it has become evident that [Fe-S] proteins, such as hydrogenase, nitrogenase and aconitase, require a complex machinery to assemble and insert their associated [Fe-S] clusters. So far, three different types of [Fe-S] cluster biosynthetic systems have been identified and these have been designated nif, isc and suf. In the present work, we show that the nif-specific [Fe-S] cluster biosynthetic system from Azotobacter vinelandii, which is required for nitrogenase maturation, cannot functionally replace the isc [Fe-S] cluster system used for the maturation of other [Fe-S] proteins, such as aconitase. The results indicate that, in certain cases, [Fe-S] cluster biosynthetic machineries have evolved to perform only specialized functions. PMID:15667274

  2. The FeMoco-deficient MoFe Protein Produced by a nifH Deletion Strain of Azotobacter vinelandii Shows Unusual P-cluster Features

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    Ribbe, Markus W.; Hu, Yilin; Guo, Maolin; Schmidt, Benedikt; Burgess, Barbara K.

    2002-01-01

    The His-tag MoFe protein expressed by the nifH deletion strain Azotobacter vinelandii DJ1165 (Delta nifH MoFe protein) was purified in large quantity. The alpha 2beta 2 tetrameric Delta nifH MoFe protein is FeMoco-deficient based on metal analysis and the absence of the S = 3/2 EPR signal, which arises from the FeMo cofactor center in wild-type MoFe protein. The Delta nifH MoFe protein contains 18.6 mol Fe/mol and, upon reduction with dithionite, exhibits an unusually strong S = 1/2 EPR signa...

  3. Nucleotide sequence and genetic analysis of the Azotobacter chroococcum nifUSVWZM gene cluster, including a new gene (nifP) which encodes a serine acetyltransferase.

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    Evans, D J; Jones, R; Woodley, P R; Wilborn, J R; Robson, R L

    1991-09-01

    Nucleotide sequence was obtained for a region of 7,099 bp spanning the nifU, nifS, nifV, nifW, nifZ, and nifM genes from Azotobacter chroococcum. Chromosomal mutations constructed at several sites within the locus confirmed a requirement for this region for expression of the molybdenum nitrogenase in this organism. The genes are tightly clustered and ordered as in Klebsiella pneumoniae except for two additional open reading frames (ORFs) between nifV and nifW. The arrangement of genes in A. chroococcum closely matches that described for Azotobacter vinelandii. The polypeptide encoded by ORF4 immediately downstream from nifV is 41% identical over 186 amino acids to the product of the cysE gene from Escherichia coli, which encodes serine acetyltransferase (SAT), a key enzyme in cysteine biosynthesis. Plasmids which potentially express ORF4 complemented E. coli JM39, a cysteine auxotroph which lacks SAT. SAT activity was detected in crude extracts of one such complemented strain. A strain of A. chroococcum carrying a chromosomal disruption of ORF4 grew normally with ammonium as the N source but more slowly than the parental strain when N2 was the sole N source. These data suggest that ORF4 encodes a nif-specific SAT required for optimizing expression of nitrogenase activity. ORF4 was assigned the name nifP. nifP may be required to boost rates of synthesis or intracellular concentrations of cysteine or methionine. Sequence identity between nifV and leuA gene products suggests that nifV may catalyze a condensation reaction analogous to that carried out by isopropylmalate synthase (LEUA) but in which acetyl coenzyme and alpha-ketoglutarate are substrates for the formation of homocitrate, the proposed product of NIFV activity. PMID:1885524

  4. Cloning and Characterization of Three Transketolase Genes (tktA1, tktA2 and tktA3) from Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Khider, Miriam

    2010-01-01

    Alginate is synthesized by the gram-negative bacteria Azotobacter vinelandii. Alginate appears as an important component in both active vegetative cells and in cysts, which is one of the bacteriums life cycle forms.Transketolase is an essential enzyme in the non-oxidative branch of the pentose phosphate pathway. Transketolase is responsible for the conversion of D-erythrose 4-phosphate to Dfructose 6-phosphate which is the starting precursor in alginate biosynthesis. Mutant and wild-type tran...

  5. Biopolymers by Azotobacter Vinelandii

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    Silva, Adriana Navarro da; Garcia-Cruz, Crispin Humberto

    2010-01-01

    The highest PHB yield (100 mg g cell-1 h-1) using sugar cane molasses occurred in the incubation time of 10 h, 60.0 ºC and the soluble solids concentrations between 14.0 – 25.0%. To alginate yield was observed that, using molasses, yield was greater (250 mg g cell-1 h-1) also in the incubation time of 10 h, temperature of 60.0 ºC and the soluble solids concentration between 4.0 - 6.0%. The PHB purity was between 93.0 to 97.5%. Thus, Cane sugar molasses was very promising for the alginate ...

  6. Assembly of iron-sulfur clusters. Identification of an iscSUA-hscBA-fdx gene cluster from Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Zheng, L; Cash, V L; Flint, D H; Dean, D R

    1998-05-22

    An enzyme having the same L-cysteine desulfurization activity previously described for the NifS protein was purified from a strain of Azotobacter vinelandii deleted for the nifS gene. This protein was designated IscS to indicate its proposed role in iron-sulfur cluster assembly. Like NifS, IscS is a pyridoxal-phosphate containing homodimer. Information gained from microsequencing of oligopeptides obtained by tryptic digestion of purified IscS was used to design a strategy for isolation and DNA sequence analysis of a 7,886-base pair A. vinelandii genomic segment that includes the iscS gene. The iscS gene is contained within a gene cluster that includes homologs to nifU and another gene contained within the major nif cluster of A. vinelandii previously designated orf6. These genes have been designated iscU and iscA, respectively. Information available from complete genome sequences of Escherichia coli and Hemophilus influenzae reveals that they also encode iscSUA gene clusters. A wide conservation of iscSUA genes in nature and evidence that NifU and NifS participate in the mobilization of iron and sulfur for nitrogenase-specific iron-sulfur cluster formation suggest that the products of the iscSUA genes could play a general role in the formation or repair of iron-sulfur clusters. The proposal that IscS is involved in mobilization of sulfur for iron-sulfur cluster formation in A. vinelandii is supported by the presence of a cysE-like homolog in another gene cluster located immediately upstream from the one containing the iscSUA genes. O-Acetylserine synthase is the product of the cysE gene, and it catalyzes the rate-limiting step in cysteine biosynthesis. A similar cysE-like gene is also located within the nif gene cluster of A. vinelandii. The likely role of such cysE-like gene products is to increase the cysteine pool needed for iron-sulfur cluster formation. Another feature of the iscSUA gene cluster region from A. vinelandii is that E. coli genes previously

  7. Non-chemical proton-dependent steps prior to O2-activation limit Azotobacter vinelandii 3-mercaptopropionic acid dioxygenase (MDO) catalysis.

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    Crowell, Joshua K; Sardar, Sinjinee; Hossain, Mohammad S; Foss, Frank W; Pierce, Brad S

    2016-08-15

    3-mercaptopropionate dioxygenase from Azotobacter vinelandii (Av MDO) is a non-heme mononuclear iron enzyme that catalyzes the O2-dependent oxidation of 3-mercaptopropionate (3mpa) to produce 3-sulfinopropionic acid (3spa). With one exception, the active site residues of MDO are identical to bacterial cysteine dioxygenase (CDO). Specifically, the CDO Arg-residue (R50) is replaced by Gln (Q67) in MDO. Despite this minor active site perturbation, substrate-specificity of Av MDO is more relaxed as compared to CDO. In order to investigate the relative timing of chemical and non-chemical events in Av MDO catalysis, the pH/D-dependence of steady-state kinetic parameters (kcat and kcat/KM) and viscosity effects are measured using two different substrates [3mpa and l-cysteine (cys)]. The pL-dependent activity of Av MDO in these reactions can be rationalized assuming a diprotic enzyme model in which three ionic forms of the enzyme are present [cationic, E((z+1)); neutral, E(z); and anionic, E((z-1))]. The activities observed for each substrate appear to be dominated by electrostatic interactions within the enzymatic active site. Given the similarity between MDO and the more extensively characterized mammalian CDO, a tentative model for the role of the conserved 'catalytic triad' is proposed. PMID:27311613

  8. Purification and Characterization of a New Heme-Binding Protein (HBP59) from the Mutant Strain DJ35 of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Shao-Min Bian; Huang-Ping Wang; Hui-Na Zhou; Ying Zhao; Jian-Feng Zhao; Ju-Fu Huang

    2007-01-01

    A new protein, an approximately 59-kDa monomer containing iron atoms, was first isolated from the mutant strain DJ35 of Azotobacter vinelandli Lipmann. After analysis by matrix-assisted laser desorptlon ionization time-offlight mass spectrometry, the protein was identified as the product of a predicted gene. Thus, the protein was tentatively called HBP59. Its absorption spectra (ABS) in the reduced state exhibited three peaks at 421,517, and 556nm and the maximal peak was shifted from 421 to 413 nm after exposure of HBP59 to air. The Soret circular dichroism (CD) spectrum of HBP59 in the reduced state displayed four positive peaks at 364, 382, 406, and 418 nm and two negative peaks at 398 and 433 nm; the Δε (CD extinction coefficient) values of these peaks were found to be 0.92, 0.58, 0.87, 0.72, -0.65 and -1.12 L/mol per cm, respectively. Titration with heme showed that the protein has 0.1 heme molecules/protein molecule. After HBP59 had fully interacted with heme, its maximal ABS value and Soret CD intensity were increased by approximately 10-fold compared with values before interaction. Therefore, it seems that one molecule of HBP59 can be interacted with only one heme. These results indicate that HBP59 contains heme with iow spin and may be involved in heme utilization or adhesion.

  9. The genes encoding the delta subunits of dinitrogenases 2 and 3 are required for mo-independent diazotrophic growth by Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Waugh, S I; Paulsen, D M; Mylona, P V; Maynard, R H; Premakumar, R; Bishop, P E

    1995-03-01

    vnfG and anfG encode the delta subunits of alternative nitrogenases 2 and 3 in Azotobacter vinelandii, respectively. As a first step towards elucidating the role of these subunits, diazotrophic growth and acetylene reduction studies were conducted on mutants containing alterations in the genes encoding these subunits. Mutants containing a stop codon (C36stop) or an in-frame deletion in anfG were unable to grow in N-free, Mo-deficient medium (Anf-). Mutants in which cysteine 36 of AnfG (a residue conserved between VnfG and AnfG) was changed to Ala or Ser were Anf+. Thus, this conserved cysteine is not essential for the function of AnfG in dinitrogenase 3. A mutant with a stop codon in vnfG (C17stop) grew after a lag of 25 h in N-free, Mo-deficient medium containing V2O5. However, a Nif- Anf- strain with this mutation was unable to grow under these conditions. This shows that the vnfG gene product is required for nitrogenase 2-dependent growth. Strains with mutations in vnfG and anfG reduced acetylene to different degrees. This indicates that the delta subunits are not required for acetylene reduction by nitrogenases 2 and 3. PMID:7883707

  10. NifB and NifEN protein levels are regulated by ClpX2 under nitrogen fixation conditions in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Martínez-Noël, Giselle; Curatti, Leonardo; Hernandez, Jose A; Rubio, Luis M

    2011-03-01

    The major part of biological nitrogen fixation is catalysed by the molybdenum nitrogenase that carries at its active site the iron and molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co). The nitrogen fixation (nif) genes required for the biosynthesis of FeMo-co are derepressed in the absence of a source of fixed nitrogen. The nifB gene product is remarkable because it assembles NifB-co, a complex cluster proposed to comprise a [6Fe-9S-X] cluster, from simpler [Fe-S] clusters common to other metabolic pathways. NifB-co is a common intermediate of the biosyntheses of the cofactors present in the molybdenum, vanadium and iron nitrogenases. In this work, the expression of the Azotobacter vinelandii nifB gene was uncoupled from its natural nif regulation to show that NifB protein levels are lower in cells growing diazotrophically than in cells growing at the expense of ammonium. A. vinelandii carries a duplicated copy of the ATPase component of the ubiquitous ClpXP protease (ClpX2), which is induced under nitrogen fixing conditions. Inactivation of clpX2 resulted in the accumulation of NifB and NifEN and a defect in diazotrophic growth, especially when iron was in short supply. Mutations in nifE, nifN and nifX or in nifA also affected NifB accumulation, suggesting that NifB susceptibility to degradation might vary during its catalytic cycle. PMID:21231969

  11. Redundancy of the conserved His residue in Azotobacter vinelandii NifL, a histidine autokinase homologue which regulates transcription of nitrogen fixation genes.

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    Woodley, P; Drummond, M

    1994-08-01

    The NifL protein of Azotobacter vinelandii inhibits NifA, the activator of nif (nitrogen fixation) transcription, in response to oxygen and fixed nitrogen. NifL shows strong homology in its C-terminal domain to the histidine autokinase domains of the canonical two-component sensor proteins, including the region around His-304, which corresponds to the residue known to be phosphorylated in other systems. To examine the mechanism of sensory transduction by NifL, mutations encoding 10 substitutions for His-304 were introduced into the A. vinelandii chromosome. Regulation of nif transcription was measured using acetylene reduction and RNA blots. The substitutions His-304-->Arg and His-304-->Pro impaired regulation by both fixed nitrogen and oxygen, but substitution of Ala, Phe, Ile, Lys, Asn, Ser, Thr, Val had no effect. None of the mutants, including His-304-->Arg and His-304-->Pro, excreted ammonium during diazotrophy, a phenotype of nifL deletion mutants, suggesting that the molecular basis of this effect differs from that responsible for the inhibition of nif transcription. The data show conclusively that phosphorylation of His-304 is not essential for any of the known functions of A. vinelandii NifL. Homology to the family of histidine autokinases is therefore inadequate evidence for a mechanism of sensory transduction involving phosphorylation of the conserved histidine residue. PMID:7997174

  12. Purification of a NifEN protein complex that contains bound molybdenum and a FeMo-Co precursor from an Azotobacter vinelandii DeltanifHDK strain.

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    Soboh, Basem; Igarashi, Robert Y; Hernandez, Jose A; Rubio, Luis M

    2006-12-01

    The NifEN protein complex serves as a molecular scaffold where some of the steps for the assembly of the iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) of nitrogenase take place. A His-tagged version of the NifEN complex has been previously purified and shown to carry two identical [4Fe-4S] clusters of unknown function and a [Fe-S]-containing FeMo-co precursor. We have improved the purification of the his-NifEN protein from a DeltanifHDK strain of Azotobacter vinelandii and have found that the amounts of iron and molybdenum within NifEN were significantly higher than those reported previously. In an in vitro FeMo-co synthesis system with purified components, the NifEN protein served as a source of both molybdenum and a [Fe-S]-containing FeMo-co precursor, showing significant FeMo-co synthesis activity in the absence of externally added molybdate. Thus, the NifEN scaffold protein, purified from DeltanifHDK background, contained the Nif-Bco-derived Fe-S cluster and molybdenum, although these FeMo-co constituents were present at different levels within the protein complex. PMID:17012743

  13. Azotobacter vinelandii NIFL is a flavoprotein that modulates transcriptional activation of nitrogen-fixation genes via a redox-sensitive switch.

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    Hill, S; Austin, S; Eydmann, T; Jones, T; Dixon, R

    1996-03-01

    The NIFL regulatory protein controls transcriptional activation of nitrogen fixation (nif) genes in Azotobacter vinelandii by direct interaction with the enhancer binding protein NIFA. Modulation of NIFA activity by NIFL, in vivo occurs in response to external oxygen concentration or the level of fixed nitrogen. Spectral features of purified NIFL and chromatographic analysis indicate that it is a flavoprotein with FAD as the prosthetic group, which undergoes reduction in the presence of sodium dithionite. Under anaerobic conditions, the oxidized form of NIFL inhibits transcriptional activation by NIFA in vitro, and this inhibition is reversed when NIFL is in the reduced form. Hence NIFL is a redox-sensitive regulatory protein and may represent a type of flavoprotein in which electron transfer is not coupled to an obvious catalytic activity. In addition to its ability to act as a redox sensor, the activity of NIFL is also responsive to adenosine nucleotides, particularly ADP. This response overrides the influence of redox status on NIFL and is also observed with refolded NIFL apoprotein, which lacks the flavin moiety. These observations suggest that both energy and redox status are important determinants of nif gene regulation in vivo. PMID:8700899

  14. The Role of the ncRNA RgsA in the Oxidative Stress Response and Biofilm Formation in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Huerta, Jesús Manuel; Aguilar, Israel; López-Pliego, Liliana; Fuentes-Ramírez, Luis Ernesto; Castañeda, Miguel

    2016-06-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii is a soil bacterium that forms desiccation-resistant cysts, and the exopolysaccharide alginate is essential for this process. A. vinelandii also produces alginate under vegetative growth conditions, and this production has biotechnological significance. Poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is another polymer synthetized by A. vinelandii that is of biotechnological interest. The GacS/A two-component signal transduction system plays an important role in regulating alginate production, PHB synthesis, and encystment. GacS/A in turn controls other important regulators such as RpoS and the ncRNAs that belong to the Rsm family. In A. vinelandii, RpoS is necessary for resisting oxidative stress as a result of its control over the expression of the catalase Kat1. In this work, we characterized a new ncRNA in A. vinelandii that is homologous to the P16/RsgA reported in Pseudomonas. We found that the expression of rgsA is regulated by GacA and RpoS and that it was essential for oxidative stress resistance. However, the activity of the catalase Kat1 is unaffected in rgsA mutants. Unlike those reported in Pseudomonas, RgsA in A. vinelandii regulates biofilm formation but not polymer synthesis or the encystment process. PMID:26858204

  15. Iron environment in ferritin with large amounts of phosphate, from Azotobacter vinelandii and horse spleen, analyzed using Extended X-ray Absorption fine Structure (EXAFS)

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    The iron core of proteins in the ferritin family displays structural variations that includes phosphate content was well as the number and the degree of ordering of the iron atoms. Earlier studies had shown that ferritin iron cores naturally high in phosphate, e.g., Azotobacter vinelandii (AV) ferritin had decreased long-range order. Here, the influence of phosphate on the local structure around iron in ferritin cores is reported, comparing the EXAFS of AV ferritin, reconstituted ferritin and native horse spleen ferritin. In contrast, when the phosphate content was high in AV ferritin and horse spleen ferritin reconstituted with phosphate, the average iron atom had five to six phosphorus neighbors at 3.17 angstrom. Moreover, the number of detectable iron neighbors was lower when phosphate was high or present during reconstitution and the interatomic distance was longer indicating that some phosphate bridges neighboring iron atoms. However, the decrease in the number of detectable iron-iron neighbors compared to HSF and the higher number of Fe-P interactions relative to Fe-Fe interactions suggest that some phosphate ligands were chain termini, or blocked crystal growth, and/or introduced defects which contributed both to the long-range disorder and to altered redox properties previously observed in AV ferritin

  16. Characterization of a FeMo cofactor-deficient MoFe protein from a nifE-deleted strain (DJ35) of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    ZHAO Ying; BIAN Shaomin; ZHANG Chunxi; ZHOU Huina; WANG Huangping; ZHAO Jianfeng; HUANG Jufu

    2005-01-01

    A MoFe protein (ΔnifE Av1) with a purity of ~80% was purified from a nifE-deleted mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii DJ35. Compared with MoFe protein purified from wild-type strain OP (OP Av1), ΔnifE Av1 had the same subunits composition, and had immune reaction with antibody to OP Av1, but its relative mobility in anaerobic native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) was a little larger than that of OP Av1. Metal analysis showed that Mo and Fe contents of ΔnifE Av1 both apparently decreased. When complemented with OP Fe protein, ΔnifE Av1 had no C2H2-reduction activity, but it could be in vitro activated by FeMoco extracted from OP Av1. The circular dichroism (CD) spectrum of ΔnifE Av1 at ~450 nm was similar to that of OP Av1, while the EPR signal at g≈3.7 was absolutely silent, and the signal intensities at g≈4.3 and 2.0 decreased by 75% and 50%, respectively. The results indicated that ΔnifE Av1 purified from DJ35 was a FeMoco-deficient but P-cluster-con- taining MoFe protein.

  17. The product of the nitrogen fixation regulatory gene nfrX of Azotobacter vinelandii is functionally and structurally homologous to the uridylyltransferase encoded by glnD in enteric bacteria.

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    Contreras, A; Drummond, M; Bali, A.; Blanco, G.; Garcia, E.; Bush, G; Kennedy, C; Merrick, M.

    1991-01-01

    We sequenced the nitrogen fixation regulatory gene nfrX from Azotobacter vinelandii, mutations in which cause a Nif- phenotype, and found that it encodes a 105-kDa protein (NfrX), the N terminus of which is highly homologous to that of the uridylyltransferase-uridylyl-removing enzyme encoded by glnD in Escherichia coli. In vivo complementation experiments demonstrate that the glnD and nfrX products are functionally interchangeable. A vinelandii nfrX thus appears to encode a uridylyltransferas...

  18. EFECTO DE LA INOCULACIÓN DE azotobacter chroococcum Y glomus intraradices EN EL CRECIMIENTO Y NUTRICIÓN DE PLÁNTULAS DE PAPAYA EN FASE DE VIVERO

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    Maricela Constantino; Regino Gómez; José David Álvarez; Juan Manuel Pat; Elda Guadalupe Espín

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    En el presente estudio se evaluó la etapa y el número de aplicaciones de los biofertilizantes (Azotobacter chroococcum y Glomus intraradices), sobre el crecimiento, biomasa y nutrición de papaya en fase de vivero. También se estudió el efecto de la materia orgánica y su interacción con los biofertilizantes aplicados. Se realizaron 2 experimentos; en el primero se aplicaron 2 inoculaciones, en semillas y después en plántulas, 30 días después de la emergencia. En el segundo se aplicó una inocul...

  19. The GacS/A-RsmA Signal Transduction Pathway Controls the Synthesis of Alkylresorcinol Lipids that Replace Membrane Phospholipids during Encystment of Azotobacter vinelandii SW136

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    Romero, Yanet; Guzmán, Josefina; Moreno, Soledad; Cocotl-Yañez, Miguel; Vences-Guzmán, Miguel Ángel; Castañeda, Miguel; Espín, Guadalupe; Segura, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii is a soil bacterium that undergoes a differentiation process that forms cysts resistant to desiccation. During encystment, a family of alkylresorcinols lipids (ARs) are synthesized and become part of the membrane and are also components of the outer layer covering the cyst, where they play a structural role. The synthesis of ARs in A. vinelandii has been shown to occur by the activity of enzymes encoded in the arsABCD operon. The expression of this operon is activated by ArpR, a LysR-type transcriptional regulator whose transcription occurs during encystment and is dependent on the alternative sigma factor RpoS. In this study, we show that the two component response regulator GacA, the small RNA RsmZ1 and the translational repressor protein RsmA, implicated in the control of the synthesis of other cysts components (i.e., alginate and poly-ß-hydroxybutyrate), are also controlling alkylresorcinol synthesis. This control affects the expression of arsABCD and is exerted through the regulation of arpR expression. We show that RsmA negatively regulates arpR expression by binding its mRNA, repressing its translation. GacA in turn, positively regulates arpR expression through the activation of transcription of RsmZ1, that binds RsmA, counteracting its repressor activity. This regulatory cascade is independent of RpoS. We also show evidence suggesting that GacA exerts an additional regulation on arsABCD expression through an ArpR independent route. PMID:27055016

  20. Nitrogenase MoFe protein from Clostridium pasteurianum at 1.08 Å resolution: comparison with the Azotobacter vinelandii MoFe protein

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    Zhang, Li-Mei; Morrison, Christine N.; Kaiser, Jens T. [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Rees, Douglas C., E-mail: dcrees@caltech.edu [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)

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    Determination of the nitrogenase MoFe protein from C. pasteurianum at 1.08 Å resolution and comparison to its distinct ortholog from A. vinelandii at atomic resolution reveals conserved structural arrangements that are significant to the function of nitrogenase. The X-ray crystal structure of the nitrogenase MoFe protein from Clostridium pasteurianum (Cp1) has been determined at 1.08 Å resolution by multiwavelength anomalous diffraction phasing. Cp1 and the ortholog from Azotobacter vinelandii (Av1) represent two distinct families of nitrogenases, differing primarily by a long insertion in the α-subunit and a deletion in the β-subunit of Cp1 relative to Av1. Comparison of these two MoFe protein structures at atomic resolution reveals conserved structural arrangements that are significant to the function of nitrogenase. The FeMo cofactors defining the active sites of the MoFe protein are essentially identical between the two proteins. The surrounding environment is also highly conserved, suggesting that this structural arrangement is crucial for nitrogen reduction. The P clusters are likewise similar, although the surrounding protein and solvent environment is less conserved relative to that of the FeMo cofactor. The P cluster and FeMo cofactor in Av1 and Cp1 are connected through a conserved water tunnel surrounded by similar secondary-structure elements. The long α-subunit insertion loop occludes the presumed Fe protein docking surface on Cp1 with few contacts to the remainder of the protein. This makes it plausible that this loop is repositioned to open up the Fe protein docking surface for complex formation.

  1. Functional expression of the FeMo-cofactor-specific biosynthetic genes nifEN as a NifE-N fusion protein synthesizing unit in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Suh, Man Hee; Pulakat, Lakshmi; Gavini, Nara

    2002-11-29

    The nifEN encodes an E2N2 tetrameric metalloprotein complex that serves as scaffold for assembly of the FeMo cofactor of nitrogenase. In most diazotrophs, the NifE and NifN are translated as separate polypeptides and then assembled into tetrameric E2N2 complex. However, in Anabaena variabilis which has two nif clusters that encode two different NifEN complexes, the NifEN2 is encoded by a single nifE-N like gene, which has high homology to the NifE at amino-terminus and to the NifN at the carboxy-terminus. These observations implied that a metalloprotein like NifEN can accommodate large variations in their amino acid composition and also in the way they are synthesized (as two separate proteins or as a single protein) and yet remain functional. In Azotobacter vinelandii NifE and NifN are synthesized separately. To test whether NifEN could retain its functionality when encoded by a single gene, we generated a translational fusion of the nifE and nifN genes of A. vinelandii that could encode a large NifE-N fusion protein. When expressed in the nifEN-minus strain of A. vinelandii, the nifE-N gene fusion could complement the NifEN function. Western blot analysis by using polyclonal NifEN antibodies revealed that the complementing nifEN product is a large NifE-N fusion protein unit. The fact that the gene fusion of nifE-N specifies a functional NifE-N fusion protein reflects that these metalloproteins can accommodate a wide range of flexibility in their gene organization, structure, and assembly. PMID:12437975

  2. Cloning and mutational analysis of the gamma gene from Azotobacter vinelandii defines a new family of proteins capable of metallocluster binding and protein stabilization.

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    Rubio, Luis M; Rangaraj, Priya; Homer, Mary J; Roberts, Gary P; Ludden, Paul W

    2002-04-19

    Dinitrogenase is a heterotetrameric (alpha(2)beta(2)) enzyme that catalyzes the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonium and contains the iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) at its active site. Certain Azotobacter vinelandii mutant strains unable to synthesize FeMo-co accumulate an apo form of dinitrogenase (lacking FeMo-co), with a subunit composition alpha(2)beta(2)gamma(2), which can be activated in vitro by the addition of FeMo-co. The gamma protein is able to bind FeMo-co or apodinitrogenase independently, leading to the suggestion that it facilitates FeMo-co insertion into the apoenzyme. In this work, the non-nif gene encoding the gamma subunit (nafY) has been cloned, sequenced, and found to encode a NifY-like protein. This finding, together with a wealth of knowledge on the biochemistry of proteins involved in FeMo-co and FeV-co biosyntheses, allows us to define a new family of iron and molybdenum (or vanadium) cluster-binding proteins that includes NifY, NifX, VnfX, and now gamma. In vitro FeMo-co insertion experiments presented in this work demonstrate that gamma stabilizes apodinitrogenase in the conformation required to be fully activable by the cofactor. Supporting this conclusion, we show that strains containing mutations in both nafY and nifX are severely affected in diazotrophic growth and extractable dinitrogenase activity when cultured under conditions that are likely to occur in natural environments. This finding reveals the physiological importance of the apodinitrogenase-stabilizing role of which both proteins are capable. The relationship between the metal cluster binding capabilities of this new family of proteins and the ability of some of them to stabilize an apoenzyme is still an open matter. PMID:11823455

  3. The amino-terminal GAF domain of Azotobacter vinelandii NifA binds 2-oxoglutarate to resist inhibition by NifL under nitrogen-limiting conditions.

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    Little, Richard; Dixon, Ray

    2003-08-01

    The expression of genes required for the synthesis of molybdenum nitrogenase in Azotobacter vinelandii is controlled by the NifL-NifA transcriptional regulatory complex in response to nitrogen, carbon, and redox status. Activation of nif gene expression by the transcriptional activator NifA is inhibited by direct protein-protein interaction with NifL under conditions unfavorable for nitrogen fixation. We have recently shown that the NifL-NifA system responds directly to physiological concentrations of 2-oxoglutarate, resulting in relief of NifA activity from inhibition by NifL under conditions when fixed nitrogen is limiting. The inhibitory activity of NifL is restored under conditions of excess combined nitrogen through the binding of the signal transduction protein Av GlnK to the carboxyl-terminal domain of NifL. The amino-terminal domain of NifA comprises a GAF domain implicated in the regulatory response to NifL. A truncated form of NifA lacking this domain is not responsive to 2-oxoglutarate in the presence of NifL, suggesting that the GAF domain is required for the response to this ligand. Using isothermal titration calorimetry, we demonstrate stoichiometric binding of 2-oxoglutarate to both the isolated GAF domain and the full-length A. vinelandii NifA protein with a dissociation constant of approximately 60 microm. Limited proteolysis experiments indicate that the binding of 2-oxoglutarate increases the susceptibility of the GAF domain to trypsin digestion and also prevents NifL from protecting these cleavage sites. However, protection by NifL is restored when the non-modified (non-uridylylated) form of Av GlnK is also present. Our results suggest that the binding of 2-oxoglutarate to the GAF domain of NifA may induce a conformational change that prevents inhibition by NifL under conditions when fixed nitrogen is limiting. PMID:12759352

  4. MgATP-induced conformational changes in the iron protein from Azotobacter vinelandii, as studied by small-angle x-ray scattering.

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    Chen, L; Gavini, N; Tsuruta, H; Eliezer, D; Burgess, B K; Doniach, S; Hodgson, K O

    1994-02-01

    Small angle x-ray scattering experiments have been carried out on the purified iron proteins of nitrogenase from wild-type Azotobacter vinelandii and from a Nif- mutant strain, A. vinelandii UW91 (which has an A157S mutation). This study was designed to investigate the influence of MgATP and MgADP binding on the protein structure in solution. For the wild-type protein, the binding of MgATP induces a significant conformational change that is observed as a decrease of about 2.0 A in the radius of gyration. In contrast, the binding of MgADP to the wild-type iron protein does not detectably affect the radius of gyration. In the absence of nucleotides, the radius of gyration for the UW91 mutant is indistinguishable from that of the wild-type. However, unlike for the wild-type protein, the radius of gyration of the UW91 iron protein is unaffected by the addition of MgATP. We have previously shown that the UW91 iron protein has a normal [4Fe-4S] cluster and MgATP binding ability but that it is completely blocked for electron transfer and MgATP hydrolysis (Gavini, N., and Burgess, B. K. (1992) J. Biol. Chem. 267, 21179-21186). These x-ray scattering measurements suggest that a conformation different from that of the native state is therefore required for the iron protein to perform electron transfer to the MoFe protein. These results also support the hypothesis that Ala-157 is crucial for the iron protein to establish the electron-transfer-favored conformation induced by MgATP binding. PMID:8106367

  5. The [2Fe-2S] protein I (Shetna protein I) from Azotobacter vinelandii is homologous to the [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin from Clostridium pasteurianum.

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    Chatelet, C; Meyer, J

    1999-06-01

    The [2Fe-2S] protein from Azotobacter vinelandii that was previously known as iron-sulfur protein I, or Shethna protein I, has been shown to be encoded by a gene belonging to the major nif gene cluster. Overexpression of this gene in Escherichia coli yielded a dimeric protein of which each subunit comprises 106 residues and contains one [2Fe-2S] cluster. The sequence of this protein is very similar to that of the [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin from Clostridium pasteurianum (2FeCpFd), and the four cysteine ligands of the [2Fe-2S] cluster occur in the same positions. The A. vinelandii protein differs from the C. pasteurianum one by the absence of the N-terminal methionine, the presence of a five-residue C-terminal extension, and a lesser number of acidic and polar residues. The UV-visible absorption and EPR spectra, as well as the redox potentials of the two proteins, are nearly identical. These data show that the A. vinelandii FeS protein I, which is therefore proposed to be designated 2FeAvFdI, is the counterpart of the [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin from C. pasteurianum. The occurrence of the 2FeAvFdI-encoding gene in the nif gene cluster, together with the previous demonstration of a specific interaction between the 2FeCpFd and the nitrogenase MoFe protein, suggest that both proteins might be involved in nitrogen fixation, with possibly similar roles. PMID:10439076

  6. The role of regulatory genes nifA, vnfA, anfA, nfrX, ntrC, and rpoN in expression of genes encoding the three nitrogenases of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Walmsley, J; Toukdarian, A; Kennedy, C

    1994-01-01

    Several regulatory gene mutants of Azotobacter vinelandii were tested for ability to synthesize functional nitrogenase-1 (Nif phenotype), nitrogenase-2 (Vnf), or nitrogenase-3 (Anf). While nifA mutants were Nif-, Vnf+, and Anf+/-, and ntrC mutants were Nif+, Vnf+, and Anf+, nifA ntrC double mutants were Nif-, Vnf-, and Anf-. A vnfA mutant was Nif+, Vnf+/-, and Anf+/-, and an anfA strain was Nif+, Vnf+, and Anf-. lacZ fusions in the nifH, vnfH, vnfD, anfH, and nifM genes of Azotobacter vinelandii were constructed and introduced into wild-type and regulatory mutants of A. vinelandii. Expression of these operons correlated with the growth phenotype of the regulatory mutants. Apparently either NifA or NtrC can activate expression of nifM. Also, expression of the anf operon required the NifA transcriptional activator, although there are no NifA binding sites at appropriate locations upstream of anfH (or anfA). The results confirm previous reports that VnfA and AnfA are required for expression of vnf and anf genes, respectively, and that VnfA is involved in repression of the nifHDK operon in the absence of molybdenum and of the anfHDGK operon in the presence of vanadium. PMID:7872838

  7. Kinetic Studies of Iron Deposition Catalyzed by Recombinant Human Liver Heavy, and Light Ferritins and Azotobacter Vinelandii Bacterioferritin Using O2 and H2O2 as Oxidants

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    Bunker, Jared; Lowry, Thomas; Davis, Garrett; Zhang, Bo; Brosnahan, David; Lindsay, Stuart; Costen, Robert; Choi, Sang; Arosio, Paolo; Watt, Gerald D.

    2005-01-01

    The discrepancy between predicted and measured H2O2 formation during iron deposition with recombinant heavy human liver ferritin (rHF) was attributed to reaction with the iron protein complex [Biochemistry 40 (2001) 10832-10838]. This proposal was examined by stopped-flow kinetic studies and analysis for H2O2 production using (1) rHF, and Azotobacter vinelandii bacterial ferritin (AvBF), each containing 24 identical subunits with ferroxidase centers; (2) site-altered rHF mutants with functional and dysfunctional ferroxidase centers; and (3) rccombinant human liver light ferritin (rLF), containing 110 ferroxidase center. For rHF, nearly identical pseudo-first-order rate constants of 0.18 per second at pH 7.5 were measured for Fe(2+) oxidation by both O2 and H2O2, but for rLF, the rate with O2 was 200-fold slower than that for H2O2 (k-0.22 per second). A Fe(2+)/O2 stoichiometry near 2.4 was measured for rHF and its site altered forms, suggesting formation of H2O2. Direct measurements revealed no H2O2 free in solution 0.5-10 min after all Fe(2+) was oxidized at pH 6.5 or 7.5. These results are consistent with initial H2O2 formation, which rapidly reacts in a secondary reaction with unidentified solution components. Using measured rate constants for rHF, simulations showed that steady-state H2O2 concentrations peaked at 14 pM at approx. 600 ms and decreased to zero at 10-30 s. rLF did not produce measurable H2O2 but apparently conducted the secondary reaction with H2O2. Fe(2+)/O2 values of 4.0 were measured for AvBF. Stopped-flow measurements with AvBF showed that both H2O2 and O2 react at the same rate (k=0.34 per second), that is faster than the reactions with rHF. Simulations suggest that AvBF reduces O2 directly to H2O without intermediate H2O2 formation.

  8. Functional NifD-K fusion protein in Azotobacter vinelandii is a homodimeric complex equivalent to the native heterotetrameric MoFe protein

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    The MoFe protein of the complex metalloenzyme nitrogenase folds as a heterotetramer containing two copies each of the homologous α and β subunits, encoded by the nifD and the nifK genes respectively. Recently, the functional expression of a fusion NifD-K protein of nitrogenase was demonstrated in Azotobacter vinelandii, strongly implying that the MoFe protein is flexible as it could accommodate major structural changes, yet remain functional [M.H. Suh, L. Pulakat, N. Gavini, J. Biol. Chem. 278 (2003) 5353-5360]. This finding led us to further explore the type of interaction between the fused MoFe protein units. We aimed to determine whether an interaction exists between the two fusion MoFe proteins to form a homodimer that is equivalent to native heterotetrameric MoFe protein. Using the Bacteriomatch Two-Hybrid System, translationally fused constructs of NifD-K (fusion) with the full-length λCI of the pBT bait vector and also NifD-K (fusion) with the N-terminal α-RNAP of the pTRG target vector were made. To compare the extent of interaction between the fused NifD-K proteins to that of the β-β interactions in the native MoFe protein, we proceeded to generate translationally fused constructs of NifK with the α-RNAP of the pTRG vector and λCI protein of the pBT vector. The strength of the interaction between the proteins in study was determined by measuring the β-galactosidase activity and extent of ampicillin resistance of the colonies expressing these proteins. This analysis demonstrated that direct protein-protein interaction exists between NifD-K fusion proteins, suggesting that they exist as homodimers. As the interaction takes place at the β-interfaces of the NifD-K fusion proteins, we propose that these homodimers of NifD-K fusion protein may function in a similar manner as that of the heterotetrameric native MoFe protein. The observation that the extent of protein-protein interaction between the β-subunits of the native MoFe protein in Bacterio

  9. Role of Escherichia coli nitrogen regulatory genes in the nitrogen response of the Azotobacter vinelandii NifL-NifA complex.

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    Reyes-Ramirez, F; Little, R; Dixon, R

    2001-05-01

    The redox-sensing flavoprotein NifL inhibits the activity of the nitrogen fixation (nif)-specific transcriptional activator NifA in Azotobacter vinelandii in response to molecular oxygen and fixed nitrogen. Although the mechanism whereby the A. vinelandii NifL-NifA system responds to fixed nitrogen in vivo is unknown, the glnK gene, which encodes a PII-like signal transduction protein, has been implicated in nitrogen control. However, the precise function of A. vinelandii glnK in this response is difficult to establish because of the essential nature of this gene. We have shown previously that A. vinelandii NifL is able to respond to fixed nitrogen to control NifA activity when expressed in Escherichia coli. In this study, we investigated the role of the E. coli PII-like signal transduction proteins in nitrogen control of the A. vinelandii NifL-NifA regulatory system in vivo. In contrast to recent findings with Klebsiella pneumoniae NifL, our results indicate that neither the E. coli PII nor GlnK protein is required to relieve inhibition by A. vinelandii NifL under nitrogen-limiting conditions. Moreover, disruption of both the E. coli glnB and ntrC genes resulted in a complete loss of nitrogen regulation of NifA activity by NifL. We observe that glnB ntrC and glnB glnK ntrC mutant strains accumulate high levels of intracellular 2-oxoglutarate under conditions of nitrogen excess. These findings are in accord with our recent in vitro observations (R. Little, F. Reyes-Ramirez, Y. Zhang, W. Van Heeswijk, and R. Dixon, EMBO J. 19:6041-6050, 2000) and suggest a model in which nitrogen control of the A. vinelandii NifL-NifA system is achieved through the response to the level of 2-oxoglutarate and an interaction with PII-like proteins under conditions of nitrogen excess. PMID:11325935

  10. Inoculation effect of endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica and bacteria Azotobacter chroococcum on activity of antioxidant enzymes and wheat tolerance to zinc deficiency (Niknejad cultivar in greenhouse conditions

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    Full Text Available Zinc (Zn deficiency is one of the most widespread micronutrients deficiencies in plants that causes severe reduction in their growth and yield. An increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS levels and a decrease in efficiency of detoxification mechanisms may be the major reasons for impairment of various cellular functions in Zn-deficient plants. This study was conducted in order to investigate the effects of individual and simultaneous inoculation of endophytic fungus, Piriformospora indica, and plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium, Azotobacter chroococcum, on biochemical properties, antioxidant enzyme activities and growth of wheat plant (Niknejad cultivar in Zn deficiency and sufficiency conditions. The experiment was conducted in greenhouse of the Soilless Culture Center of Isfahan University of Technology by using the sterile sand-perlite (2:1 v/v medium, as factorial in a completely randomized design with three replications. The results showed that Zn deficiency decreased shoot dry weight, carotenoids' content, total amount of Zn in shoot and antioxidant enzyme activities in control treatment (plants were not inoculated with fungi and bacteria. Inoculation of individual and simultaneous of P. indica and A. chroococcum resulted in increase of shoot dry weight at Zn deficiency condition. However, the highest shoot dry weight belonged to individual inoculation of A. chroococcum. Inoculated plants with P. indica had the highest total amount of Zn in shoot and concentration of carotenoids at both levels of Zn. Whereas, individual inoculation of A. chroococcum and also in combination with P. indica had only significant effect on increasing the total amount of Zn in shoot at Zn deficiency condition. Inoculation of A. chroococcum alone and also in combination with P. indica resulted in inducing antioxidant enzyme activities of ascorbate peroxidase and peroxidase in response to Zn deficiency. Whereas, individual inoculation of P. indica

  11. The composition and distribution of metal clusters in the MoFe protein from a nifZ deletion strain (DJ 194) of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    ZHOU Huina; ZHANG Chunxi; ZHAO Ying; BIAN Shaomin; REN Fei; WANG Huangping; HUANG Jufu

    2005-01-01

    Through the anaerobic chromatography on the columns of DEAE 52, Q-Sepharose and Sephacryl S-200, a nitrogenase MoFe protein (ΔnifZ Av1) was obtained from a nifZ deleted mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii (stain DJ194). The results of Western blotting after anoxic native electrophoresis and SDS-PAGE showed that ΔnifZ Av1 was similar to wild type MoFe protein (OP Av1) at the electrophoretic mobility, molecular weight and subunit composition. Furthermore, ΔnifZ Av1 was also similar to OP Av1 at the molybdenum content, EPR signal (g≈4.3, 3.65 and 2.01), and the molar extinction coefficient (Δε) of circular dichroism (CD) at 660 nm region. All of these indicated that, besides having the same α2β2 composition as OP Av1, the ΔnifZ Av1 also contained equal amount of reductive FeMoco in the spin state of S=3/2 to OP Av1. However, the iron content and substrate (C2H2, H+ and N2)-reduction activity of ΔnifZ Av1 were 74% and 46%―50% of those of OP Av1, respectively. Furthermore, the Δε at around 450 nm, which reflects P-cluster in Av1, was obviously lower than that of OP Av1. It suggested that the difference between ΔnifZ Av1 and OP Av1 resulted from P-cluster rather than FeMoco, and from the half number of P-cluster in ΔnifZ Av1, but the composition or redox state of P-cluster in ΔnifZ Av1 were not changed. Thus it could propose that ΔnifZ Av1 is composed of two different αβ subunit pairs. One is a FeMoco- and P-cluster-containing pair, and the other is a P-cluster-deficient but FeMoco-con- taining pair. Since the deletion of nifZ gene leads to the deficiency of only one of two P-clusters in a α2β2 tetramer, the assembly of P-cluster may not simply depend on one gene product, and so a possible mechanism of NifZ is supposed here.

  12. Characterization of a nitrogenase CrFe protein from a mutant UW3 of Azotobacter vinelandii grown on a Cr-containing medium

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    ZHANG Zhigang; ZHAO Ying; ZHANG Chunxi; BIAN Shaomin; ZHOU Huina; WANG Huangping; YIN Hong; HUANG Jufu

    2006-01-01

    Through the anoxic chromatography on the columns of DEAE-52, Q-Sepharose and Sephacryl S-200, a CrFe protein preparation was obtained from UW3, a mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii, which grew well on the Cr-containing medium. Compared with MoFe protein (OP Av1) from wild-type strain OP,-50% protein in the preparation had similar subunits composition and had immune reaction with antibody of OP Av1. The preparation had ~40% of C2H2-, H+-and N2 (expressed by the difference in H+-reduction activity between under Ar and under N2) -reduction activity of OP Av1 and similar electron pairs to those of OP Av1. And metal analysis showed that the preparation contained Fe, Cr and Mo. The circular dichroism (CD) spectrum in the preparation at ~450 nm was similar to that of OP Av1, while the relative intensities of three EPR signals appearing at the same g values (g≈4.3, 3.7 and 2.0) were different.The EPR-based calculated results showed that (1)the ratios of Mo to Cr and of Fe to (Cr+Mo) of the CrFe protein preparation were 0.41 and 15, respectively, indicating that in the preparation, a ratio of Cr-containing protein to MoFe protein was about 2.5;(2) the ratios of activity to Fe and to Cr of the preparation were close to the ratios of activity to Fe and to Mo of OP Av1, respectively; (3) the ratios of the EPR signal intensities at the above three g values to Cr of CrFe protein were about ~83%, 0% and ~40% of those to Mo of OP Av1, respectively. The results indicate further that CrFe protein might be a new nitrogenase component Ⅰ protein with a similar function and structure including metallocluster to those of MoFe protein instead of simple replacement of Mo by Mn in the cofactor.

  13. Regulation of nitrogen fixation in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii: NifL, transducing two environmental signals to the nif transcriptional activator NifA.

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    Schmitz, Ruth A; Klopprogge, Kai; Grabbe, Roman

    2002-05-01

    The enzymatic reduction of molecular nitrogen to ammonia requires high amounts of energy, and the presence of oxygen causes the catalyzing nitrogenase complex to be irreversible inactivated. Thus nitrogen-fixing microorganisms tightly control both the synthesis and activity of nitrogenase to avoid the unnecessary consumption of energy. In the free-living diazotrophs Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii, products of the nitrogen fixation nifLA operon regulate transcription of the other nifoperons. NifA activates transcription of nif genes by the alternative form of RNA-polymerase, sigma54-holoenzyme; NifL modulates the activity of the transcriptional activator NifA in response to the presence of combined nitrogen and molecular oxygen. The translationally-coupled synthesis of the two regulatory proteins, in addition to evidence from studies of NifL/NifA complex formation, imply that the inhibition of NifA activity by NifL occurs via direct protein-protein interaction in vivo. The inhibitory function of the negative regulator NifL appears to lie in the C-terminal domain, whereas the N-terminal domain binds FAD as a redox-sensitive cofactor, which is required for signal transduction of the internal oxygen status. Recently it was shown, that NifL acts as a redox-sensitive regulatory protein, which modulates NifA activity in response to the redox-state of its FAD cofactor, and allows NifA activity only in the absence of oxygen. In K. pneumoniae, the primary oxygen sensor appears to be Fnr (fumarate nitrate reduction regulator), which is presumed to transduce the signal of anaerobiosis towards NifL by activating the transcription of gene(s) whose product(s) function to relieve NifL inhibition through reduction of the FAD cofactor. In contrast, the reduction of A. vinelandii-NifL appears to occur unspecifically in response to the availability of reducing equivalents in the cell. Nitrogen status of the cells is transduced towards the NifL/NifA regulatory system

  14. HONGOS MICORRÍZICOS ARBUSCULARES, Azotobacter chroococcum, Bacillus megatherium Y FitoMas-E: UNA ALTERNATIVA EFICAZ PARA LA REDUCCIÓN DEL CONSUMO DE FERTILIZANTES MINERALES EN Psidium guajava, L. var. Enana Roja cubana

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    Leudiyanes Ramos Hernández

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    Full Text Available El trabajo experimental se desarrolló en la Unidad Básica de Producción Cooperativa (UBPC «Batalla de Jobito» ubicada en el municipio «El Salvador», provincia Guantánamo en el período comprendido entre los años 2007-2009. El objetivo de la investigación fue definir una alternativa de manejo nutricional basada en el empleo de hongos micorrízicos arbusculares (HMA, Azotobacter chroococcum , Bacillus megatherium y el fitoestimulante FitoMas-E, como vía factible para la reducción de la fertilización mineral en el cultivo de la guayaba Enana Roja cubana, sin afectaciones a los rendimientos. Para el montaje del experimento se combinaron 10 g.planta -1 de micorriza (especie: Glomus intraradices ; 2 L.ha -1 de AZOMEG [producto comercial compuesto por Azotobacter chroococcum (2x10 11 ufc x mL -1 y Bacillus megatherium (3.2x10 11 ufc x mL -1 ] y 1 L.ha -1 de FitoMas-E con la reducción gradual de la fertilización mineral de N y P; utilizando el 100, 75, 50 y 25 % respectivamente. Como variable respuesta se midieron la altura de las plantas, los pares de hojas, el número de brindillas, el número de flores y frutos, el diámetro polar y ecuatorial y peso promedio de los frutos; también se calcularon la pérdida de peso postcosecha y el rendimiento. Los resultados experimentales demostraron que la combinación del 75 % de la fertilización mineral con los biofertilizantes y el FitoMas-E fue superior al resto de los tratamientos en estudio para las variables evaluadas, así como posibilitó la reducción del 25 % de la fertilización mineral y obtener una mejor respuesta económica.

  15. The product of the nitrogen fixation regulatory gene nfrX of Azotobacter vinelandii is functionally and structurally homologous to the uridylyltransferase encoded by glnD in enteric bacteria.

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    Contreras, A; Drummond, M; Bali, A; Blanco, G; Garcia, E; Bush, G; Kennedy, C; Merrick, M

    1991-12-01

    We sequenced the nitrogen fixation regulatory gene nfrX from Azotobacter vinelandii, mutations in which cause a Nif- phenotype, and found that it encodes a 105-kDa protein (NfrX), the N terminus of which is highly homologous to that of the uridylyltransferase-uridylyl-removing enzyme encoded by glnD in Escherichia coli. In vivo complementation experiments demonstrate that the glnD and nfrX products are functionally interchangeable. A vinelandii nfrX thus appears to encode a uridylyltransferase-uridylyl-removing enzyme, and in this paper we report the first sequence of such a protein. The Nif- phenotype of nfrX mutants can be suppressed by a second mutation in a recently identified nifL-like gene immediately upstream of nifA in A. vinelandii. NifL mediates nif regulation in response to the N status in A. vinelandii, presumably by inhibiting NifA activator function as occurs in Klebsiella pneumoniae; thus, one role of NfrX is to modify, either directly or indirectly, the activity of the nifL product. PMID:1683868

  16. A metodologia de superfície de resposta como ferramenta para a avaliação da produção de alginato e poli-hidroxibutirato pela Azotobacter vinelandii - doi: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v32i2.1792

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    Adriana Navarro da Silva; Crispin Humberto Garcia-Cruz

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    O alginato é um polissacarídeo normalmente extraído de paredes celulares de algas marrons e utilizado nas indústrias de alimentos, farmacêuticas e biotecnológicas. A produção é concentrada no cultivo de algas marinhas marrons, mas várias bactérias do gênero Pseudomonas e Azotobacter produzem alginato. A estrutura química dos alginatos produzidos por algas é similar a dos sintetizados pela A. vinelandii. Esta bactéria também produz polímeros intracelulares como o poli-hidroxibutirato (PHB), c...

  17. Transcriptional regulation of cytochrome d in nitrogen-fixing Azotobacter vinelandii. Evidence that up-regulation during N2 fixation is independent of nifA but dependent on ntrA.

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    Moshiri, F; Smith, E G; Taormino, J P; Maier, R J

    1991-12-01

    Cytochrome d has been postulated to be the "respiratory protection" oxidase of Azotobacter vinelandii, allowing this organism to fix nitrogen under aerobic growth conditions. We have previously cloned and characterized the structural genes for the A. vinelandii cytochrome d (cydA and cydB). The cyd genes are co-transcribed, yielding an mRNA of approximately 3.6 kilobase pairs. The level of the cyd message was 2-3-fold higher in cells that were fixing nitrogen, as compared with non-nitrogen-fixing cells. RNase protection analysis was used to determine the transcriptional start site at 275 bases upstream of the initiator ATG of cydA, and this start site was the same for nitrogen-fixing and non-nitrogen-fixing cells. The cyd promoter has sequence similarities to the canonical Escherichia coli promoters, which are transcribed by the major sigma 70 form of RNA polymerase. Plasmid-borne lacZ transcriptional fusions were constructed, using approximately 650 base pairs of 5'-upstream sequences of the cyd structural genes. This region had a strong promoter activity which was further up-regulated 1.5-2.5-fold upon the induction of nitrogen fixation. The cyd-lacZ fusions were characterized in a nifA- as well as an ntrA- background. Mutations in neither of these nif regulatory genes affected the constitutive expression of cyd under non-nitrogen-fixing conditions. However, the up-regulation of this promoter during the induction of nitrogen fixation was abolished only in the ntrA- background. Based on these results, the cytochrome d promoter of A. vinelandii belongs to a new class of nitrogen-regulated promoters which, unlike the authentic nif genes, does not require the ntrA gene product for its expression. The up-regulation of this promoter during nitrogen fixation, however, requires the ntrA gene product. PMID:1660468

  18. 缺失nifH的棕色固氮菌突变种固氮酶钼铁蛋白的结晶%Crystallization of MoFe Protein (△nifH Av1) from a nifH Deleted Strain of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    边少敏; 赵剑峰; 吕玉兵; 赵颖; 周会娜; 王耀萍; 黄巨富

    2004-01-01

    A FeMoco-deficient △nifHAv1 was partially purified from a nifHdeleted mutant DJ54 of Azotobacter vinelandii Lipmann grown in NH3-limited medium. By using the same purification method, △nifE Av1 and NifB-Av1 were obtained from DJ35 and UW45, respectively. The latter two proteins were obviously much purer than △nifHAv1. Under a suitable condition for crystallization, dark brown short rhombohedron crystals could be obtained from the three proteins. Like NifB-Av1, the time for formation of △nifHAv1 crystal was longer than that of △nifEAv1. But the optimal concentrations of precipitant and buffer for crystallization of △nifH Av1 were similar to those of △nifE Av1. SDS-PAGE analysis showed that the crystalline △nifHAv1 was similar in the composition to OP Av1. It indicates that the crystal formed in △nifH Av1 solution could be the protein crystal.%从限氨固氮培养基中培养的缺失nif H的棕色固氮菌(Azotobacter vinelandii Lipmann)突变种DJ54中,分离纯化出部分纯的缺失FeMoco的钼铁蛋白(△nifH Av1).用相同纯化方法分别从DJ35和UW45突变种中纯化的△nifE Av1和NifB- Av1的纯度明显高于△nifH Av1的纯度.在合适的结晶条件下,可得到这三种蛋白的深棕色短斜四棱柱晶体.△nifH Av1与NifB- Av1一样,晶体形成所需的时间比△nifE Av1的长.而它结晶所需的沉淀剂和缓冲液最适浓度则与△nifE Av1的相同.SDS-PAGE鉴定表明,结晶的△nifH Av1与OP Av1的组成相似.这表明,在△nifH Av1溶液中形成的晶体可能就是该蛋白质的晶体.

  19. A metodologia de superfície de resposta como ferramenta para a avaliação da produção de alginato e poli-hidroxibutirato pela Azotobacter vinelandii - doi: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v32i2.1792

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    Adriana Navarro da Silva

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    Full Text Available O alginato é um polissacarídeo normalmente extraído de paredes celulares de algas marrons e utilizado nas indústrias de alimentos, farmacêuticas e biotecnológicas. A produção é concentrada no cultivo de algas marinhas marrons, mas várias bactérias do gênero Pseudomonas e Azotobacter produzem alginato. A estrutura química dos alginatos produzidos por algas é similar a dos sintetizados pela A. vinelandii. Esta bactéria também produz polímeros intracelulares como o poli-hidroxibutirato (PHB, conhecido como bioplástico. Neste trabalho, estudou-se a produção simultânea do alginato e PHB pela A. vinelandii, utilizando-se sacarose e diferentes parâmetros de fermentação em agitador orbital rotatório. Os valores ótimos para produção destes compostos foram determinados pela MSR. O 1º experimento foi um planejamento fatorial fracionado 26-2. O 2º foi baseado nas variáveis significativas do 1º experimento, resultando em um planejamento fatorial completo 33-0. Verificou-se, do primeiro para o segundo, aumento na produtividade do PHB de 12 para 45 mg g-1 de célula h-1 e do alginato de 100 para 1.600 mg g-1 de célula h-1. A produtividade de ambos os compostos foi máxima na temperatura de incubação de 62ºC, no menor tempo de incubação (18h e na concentração de sacarose de 11 g L-1. Em ambos os experimentos, o PHB extraído apresentou pureza de 94%.

  20. Purification and Activation In Vitro of MoFe Protein from a nifE Deleted Mutant Strain of Azotobacter vinelandii%缺失nifE的棕色固氮菌突变种MoFe蛋白的纯化及体外激活

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    赵剑峰; 赵颖; 汪志平; 吕玉兵; 潜中兴; 黄巨富

    2003-01-01

    The △ nif E MoFe protein ( △ nif EAv1) was obtained by a chromatography on DE52, SephacrylS-300 and Q-Sepharose columns from the unheated crude extract of nifE-deleted mutant strain (DJ35)of Azotobacter vinelandii Lipmann. The analysis by SDS-PAGE showed that the △ nifEAv1 was similar toOP MoFe protein (Av1) of A. vinelandii in the kinds and molecular weights of subunits (α and β subunit).When complemented with nitrogenase Fe protein (Av2), the △ nif EAv1 had hardly any proton-reductionactivity, but could be significantly activated by FeMoco extracted from OP Av1. After the △ nif E Av1 wastreated with an excess o-phenanthroline (o-phen) and chromatographied on Sephadex G-25 column underatmosphere of Ar, △ nif EAv1 was obtained. In the presence of both Av2 and MgATP regenerationsystem, the △ nif E Av1 , rather than △ nif E Av1, was significantly activated in vitro by a reconstituentsolution containing Mn which composed of KMnO4, ferric homocitrate, Na2S, Na2S2O4 (DT) and dithiothreitol(DTT). But in the absence of MgATP or Av2, the activation of △nifE Av1 did not happen. It indicates thatactivation of △ nif E Av1 by RS-Mn requires the pretreatment with o-phen and the simultaneous presenceof Av2 and MgATP.%经DEAE纤维素、Sephacryl S-300和Q-Sepharose柱层析分离纯化,从缺失nifE的棕色固氮菌(Azotobactervinelandii Lipmann)突变种(DJ35)的无细胞粗提物中得到△nifE MoFe蛋白(△nifE Av1).SDS凝胶电泳分析表明,△nifE Av1的亚单位种类和分子量分别与棕色固氮菌野生型(OP)MoFe蛋白(Av1)的α和β亚单位相似.当与固氮酶Fe蛋白(Av2)活性互补时,△nifE Av1不具有还原质子的能力,但从OP Av1中抽提的FeMoco却可使其激活.经过量的邻菲啰啉(o-phen)厌氧处理并经Sephadex G-25柱层析分离后,便得到△nifE Av1 .在同时存在Av2和MgATP发生系统的条件下,△nifE Av1 ,而不是△nifE Av1,可为由KMnO4、高柠檬酸铁、Na2S、Na2S2O4和二硫苏糖醇组成

  1. Electron transport through the nitrogenase enzyme complex of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Braaksma, A.

    1985-01-01

    In Chapter VII (Discussion) the current thoughts as they were accepted in 1980 about the electron transport within the nitrogenase complex are summarized. The starting points and ideas about the subject of this thesis are also given. In this way, Chapter VII can be considered both as a summary and as a discussion for the scientific interested reader. For those, who are less familiar with this kind of research, the following summary gives the results of this study which emerge in the different...

  2. Electron transport through the nitrogenase enzyme complex of Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Braaksma, A.

    1985-01-01

    In Chapter VII (Discussion) the current thoughts as they were accepted in 1980 about the electron transport within the nitrogenase complex are summarized. The starting points and ideas about the subject of this thesis are also given. In this way, Chapter VII can be considered both as a summary and a

  3. Characterization of transcripts expressed from nitrogenase-3 structural genes of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Premakumar, R; Jacobson, M R; Loveless, T M; Bishop, P E

    1992-09-01

    Five major anfH-hybridizing mRNA species accumulated in Azobacter vinelandii cells derepressed for nitrogenase-3 (an alternative nitrogenase, which appears to lack Mo and V). Using anfH-, anfD-, anfG-, anfK-, and orflorf2-specific probes and mutant strains of A. vinelandii these mRNA species have been identified as encoding anfHDGKorflorf2 (6.0 kb), anfHDGK (4.3 kb), anfHD (2.6 kb), vnfHorfFd (1.3 kb), and vnfH and (or) anfH (1.0 kb). A 0.6-kb mRNA species, which hybridized only to the orflorf2-specific probe, and a 3.5-kb mRNA species, which hybridized to anfD or anfK, also accumulated under these conditions. Northern blot analysis and S1 nuclease mapping indicate that transcription of the anf structural gene cluster initiates at a unique nif consensus promoter situated 127 base pairs upstream from the anfH coding region. Observation of anfH-hybridizing mRNA species that accumulate in strains derepressed for nitrogen fixation demonstrates that transcription of the anfHDGKorflorf2 cluster is normally repressed by Mo, V, and NH4+, whereas transcription of the vnfHorfFd cluster does not require the presence of V and is repressed only by Mo, but not NH4+. Analysis of the accumulation of mRNAs in a tungsten-tolerant strain revealed that Mo and V repression of anf transcription must occur by different mechanisms. PMID:1281443

  4. Structural studies on dihydrolipoyl transacetylase : the core component of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Hanemaaijer, R.

    1988-01-01

    The studies described in this thesis deal with the structure of the Azotobactervinelandii dihydrolipoyl transacetylase, the core component (E 2 ) of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex. in all organisms the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex is closely related to the 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex and, if present, the branched-chain 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complex. These enzyme complexes are large multimeric structures. The smallest known is the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex from A.vineland...

  5. Defining the Pseudomonas Genus: Where Do We Draw the Line with Azotobacter?

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    Özen, Asli Ismihan; Ussery, David

    2012-01-01

    genome family trees based on conserved gene families also show A. vinelandii to be more closely related to Pseudomonas than other related organisms. Third, exhaustive BLAST comparisons demonstrate that the fraction of shared genes between A. vinelandii and Pseudomonas genomes is similar to that of...... using three genomic sequence-based methods. First, using 16S rRNA trees, it is shown that A. vinelandii groups within the Pseudomonas close to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Genomes from other related organisms (Acinetobacter, Psychrobacter, and Cellvibrio) are outside the Pseudomonas cluster. Second, pan...

  6. Analysis of respiratory activity and carbon usage of a mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii impaired in poly-β-hydroxybutyrate synthesis.

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    Jiménez, Lucero; Castillo, Tania; Flores, Celia; Segura, Daniel; Galindo, Enrique; Peña, Carlos

    2016-08-01

    In this study, the respiratory activity and carbon usage of the mutant strain of A. vinelandii AT6, impaired in poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) production, and their relationship with the synthesis of alginate were evaluated. The alginate yield and the specific oxygen uptake rate were higher (2.5-fold and 62 %, respectively) for the AT6 strain, compared to the control strain (ATCC 9046), both in shake flasks cultures and in bioreactor, under fixed dissolved oxygen tension (1 %). In contrast, the degree of acetylation was similar in both strains. These results, together with the analysis of carbon usage (% C-mol), suggest that in the case of the AT6 strain, the flux of acetyl-CoA (precursor molecule for PHB biosynthesis and alginate acetylation) was diverted to the respiratory chain passing through the tricarboxylic acids cycle, and an important % C-mol was directed through alginate biosynthesis, up to 25.9 % and to a lesser extent, to biomass production (19.7 %). PMID:27154760

  7. Characterization of an altered MoFe protein from a nifV- strain from Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Comaratta, Leonard M.

    1998-01-01

    ABSTRACT The site of substrate binding and reduction for the nitrogenase complex is located on the iron molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) which is contained within the a-subunit of the molybdenum iron protein. FeMo co consists of a metal sulfur core composed of an FeS cluster bridged by three inorganic sulfides to a MoFeS cluster. An organic acid, homocitrate, is coordinated to the Mo atom through its 2-carboxy and 2-hydroxy groups. Homocitrate is formed by the condensation of acetyl-CoA a...

  8. Purification and characterization of the nifN and nifE gene products from Azotobacter vinelandii mutant UW45.

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    Paustian, T D; Shah, V K; Roberts, G P

    1989-01-01

    The nifN and -E gene products are involved in the synthesis of the iron-molybdenum cofactor of dinitrogenase, the enzyme responsible for the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia. By using the in vitro iron-molybdenum cofactor biosynthesis assay, we have followed the purification of these gene products 450-fold to greater than 95% purity. An overall recovery of 20% was obtained with the purified protein having a specific activity of 6900 units/mg of protein. The protein (hereafter referred to as...

  9. Peptidyl-Prolyl cis/trans Isomerase-Independent Functional NifH Mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii†

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    Gavini, Nara; Tungtur, Sudheer; Pulakat, Lakshmi

    2006-01-01

    Peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerases (PPIases) play a pivotal role in catalyzing the correct folding of many prokaryotic and eukaryotic proteins that are implicated in a variety of biological functions, ranging from cell cycle regulation to bacterial infection. The nif accessory protein NifM, which is essential for the biogenesis of a functional NifH component of nitrogenase, is a PPIase. To understand the nature of the molecular signature that defines the NifM dependence of NifH, we screened...

  10. Evaluation of gene expression and alginate production in response to oxygen transfer in continuous culture of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Full Text Available Alginates are polysaccharides used as food additives and encapsulation agents in biotechnology, and their functional properties depend on its molecular weight. In this study, different steady-states in continuous cultures of A. vinelandii were established to determine the effect of the dilution rate (D and the agitation rate on alginate production and expression of genes involved in alginate polymerization and depolymerization. Both, the agitation and dilution rates, determined the partitioning of the carbon utilization from sucrose into alginate and CO2 under oxygen-limiting conditions. A low D (0.07 h(-1 and 500 rpm resulted in the highest carbon utilization into alginate (25%. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to determine the transcription level of six genes involved in alginate polymerization and depolymerization. In chemostat cultures at 0.07 h(-1, the gene expression was affected by changes in the agitation rate. By increasing the agitation rate from 400 to 600 rpm, the algE7 gene expression decreased tenfold, whereas alyA1, algL and alyA2 gene expression increased between 1.5 and 2.8 times under similar conditions evaluated. Chemostat at 0.07 h(-1 showed a highest alginate molecular weight (580 kDa at 500 rpm whereas similar molecular weights (480 kDa were obtained at 400 and 600 rpm. The highest molecular weight was not explained by changes in the expression of alg8 and alg44 (genes involved in alginate polymerization. Nonetheless, a different expression pattern observed for lyases could explain the highest alginate molecular weight obtained. Overall, the results suggest that the control of alginate molecular weight in A. vinelandii cells growing in continuous mode is determined by a balance between the gene expression of intracellular and extracellular lyases in response to oxygen availability. These findings better our understanding of the biosynthesis of bacterial alginate and help us progress toward obtain tailor-made alginates.

  11. Another role for CO with nitrogenase? CO stimulates hydrogen evolution catalyzed by variant Azotobacter vinelandii Mo-nitrogenases.

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    Fisher, Karl; Hare, Nathan D; Newton, William E

    2014-10-01

    A likely entry/exit path for nitrogenase substrates, products, and/or protons involves residues α277(Arg), α192(Ser), and α356(Gly), all of which are highly conserved among MoFe proteins from different organisms. The α192(Ser) and α277(Arg) residues form part of a hydrogen-bonded network that also involves α195(His), which interacts with a FeMo cofactor-based sulfide. The terminal amino groups of α277(Arg) are also hydrogen-bonded directly to α281(Tyr), which resides at the surface of the MoFe protein. Individual amino acid substitutions placed at position α277 or α192 resulted in a variety of effects on the catalytic and/or spectroscopic properties of the resulting variant MoFe protein. Of particular interest was the effect of CO on H2 evolution catalyzed by three MoFe protein variants, α277(Cys), α192(Asp), and α192(Glu). All three variants exhibited CO stimulation of H2 evolution under high-electron flux conditions but not under low-electron flux conditions. This observation is best explained by these variants being redox-compromised but only at the most reduced redox states of the MoFe protein. Normally, these states are accessed and operational only under high-electron flux conditions, and the effect of added CO is to prevent access to these most reduced redox states, resulting in a normal rate of catalysis. Furthermore, via correlation of the effect of pH changes on H2 evolution activity for both the wild type and the α277(Cys) MoFe protein variant under argon, with or without 10% CO present, likely pathways for the delivery of a proton to the FeMo cofactor were identified. PMID:25203280

  12. Solution structures of lipoyl domains of the 2-oxo acid dehydrogenase complexes from Azotobacter vinelandii. Implications for molecular recognition.

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    Berg, A.

    1997-01-01

    The 2-oxo acid dehydrogenase complexes are large multienzyme complexes that catalyse the irreversible oxidative decarboxylation of a specific 2-oxo acid to the corresponding acyl-CoA derivative. The pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC) converts the product of the glycolysis, pyruvate, to acetyl-CoA, which enters the tricarboxylic acid cycle. The 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex (OGDHC functions in the tricarboxylic acid cycle itself by converting 2-oxoglutarate to succinyl-CoA. The branc...

  13. Growth Promotion and Enhanced Nutrient Uptake of Maize (Zea maysL.) by Application of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria in Arid Region of Iran

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    A. Biari; A. Gholami; H.A. Rahmani

    2008-01-01

    The effect of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) belonging to the genera Azospirillum and Azotobacter on the growth and nutrient uptake of maize (Zea mays) was investigated in the field as factorial experiment. Azospirillum strains were: Z0 = no inoculation, Z1 = Azospirillum sp. Strain 21, Z2 = Azospirillum lipoferum DSM 1691, Z3 = Azospirillum brasilense DSM 1690 and Azotobacter strains were: A0 = no inoculation, A1 = Azotobacter sp. Strain 5, A2 = Azotobacter chroococcum ...

  14. nasST, two genes involved in the induction of the assimilatory nitrite-nitrate reductase operon (nasAB) of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Gutierrez, J C; Ramos, F; Ortner, L; Tortolero, M

    1995-11-01

    An operon including two new genes (nasS and nasT) has been defined, cloned and sequenced. The deduced NASS protein is homologous to NRTA from Synechococcus sp. and to NASF from Klebsiella pneumoniae, two proteins involved in nitrate uptake. The predicted NAST polypeptide is homologous to the regulator proteins of the two-component regulatory systems. NASS plays a negative regulatory role in the synthesis of the nitrate and nitrite reductase. NAST is required for the expression of the nitrite-nitrate reductase operon (nasAB). Expression of the nasST operon is not under the control of the NTR system and is not regulated by the nitrogen source. A Phi(nasA-lacZ) fusion has been used to analyse expression of the nasAB operon in three different genetic backgrounds with altered nitrate reductase activity. Beta-galactosidase activity in two of them was independent of nitrate but in a mutant unable to reduce nitrate, nas-4, it was normally induced by nitrate. PMID:8748040

  15. The nifU, nifS and nifV gene products are required for activity of all three nitrogenases of Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Kennedy, C; Dean, D

    1992-02-01

    Strains with mutations in 23 of the 30 genes and open reading frames in the major nif gene cluster of A. vinelandii were tested for ability to grow on N-free medium with molybdenum (Nif phenotype), with vanadium (Vnf phenotype), or with neither metal present (Anf phenotype). As reported previously, nifE, nifN, nifU, nifS and nifV mutants were Nif- (failed to grow on molybdenum) while nifM mutants were Nif-, Vnf- and Anf-. nifV, nifS, and nifU mutants were found to be unable to grow on medium with or without vanadium, i.e. were Vnf- Anf-. Therefore neither vnf nor anf analogoues of nifU, nifS, nifV or nifM are expected to be present in A. vinelandii. PMID:1538703

  16. NifB and NifEN protein levels are regulated by ClpX2 under nitrogen fixation conditions in Azotobacter vinelandii

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    Martínez-Noël, Giselle; Curatti, Leonardo; Hernandez, Jose A.; Rubio, Luis M.

    2011-01-01

    The major part of biological nitrogen fixation is catalyzed by the molybdenum nitrogenase that carries at its active site the iron and molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co). The nitrogen fixation (nif) genes required for the biosynthesis of FeMo-co are derepressed in the absence of a source of fixed nitrogen. The nifB gene product is remarkable because it assembles NifB-co, a complex cluster proposed to have a [6Fe-9S-X] composition, from simpler [Fe-S] clusters common to other metabolic pathways. Ni...

  17. Biosynthesis of the Nitrogenase FeMo-cofactor from Azotobacter vinelandii: Involvement of the NifEN complex, NifX and the Fe protein

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    Goodwin, Paul Joshua

    1999-01-01

    The iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-cofactor) of nitrogenase is the subject of one the most intensive biochemical/genetic detective cases of modern science. At the active site of nitrogenase, the FeMo-cofactor not only represents the heart of biological nitrogen fixation, but its synthesis also serves as a model for complex metallocluster biosynthesis. Research in the Dean Lab is focused on furthering the understanding of Fe-S cluster biosynthesis in the nitrogenase enzyme system. Through...

  18. Impact of seed coatings on diversity of soybean rhizospheric azotobacter%种衣剂对大豆根际固氮菌多样性的影响

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    韩雪; 孙龙; 仕相林; 尹晓玉; 文景芝

    2010-01-01

    利用变性梯度凝胶电泳(DGGE)技术研究宁南霉素、甲霜灵、多克福和咯菌腈4种种衣剂对大豆根际固氮菌多样性的影响.运用nif H基因的特异引物对,将大豆根际土壤总DNA进行PCR扩增后,通过DGGE技术对PCR产物进行分析.结果表明,种衣剂对固氮菌产生了不同程度的抑制作用.对大豆根际固氮菌抑制作用由强到弱的种衣剂品种依次是咯菌腈、甲霜灵、多克福和宁南霉素;种衣剂浓度对大豆根际固氮菌多样性的抑制程度不同,但没有明显规律.

  19. Oxygen transfer rate during the production of alginate by Azotobacter vinelandii under oxygen-limited and non oxygen-limited conditions

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    Peña Carlos F

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The oxygen transfer rate (OTR and dissolved oxygen tension (DOT play an important role in determining alginate production and its composition; however, no systematic study has been reported about the independent influence of the OTR and DOT. In this paper, we report a study about alginate production and the evolution of the molecular mass of the polymer produced by a wild-type A. vinelandii strain ATCC 9046, in terms of the maximum oxygen transfer rate (OTRmax in cultures where the dissolved oxygen tension (DOT was kept constant. Results The results revealed that in the two dissolved oxygen conditions evaluated, strictly controlled by gas blending at 0.5 and 5% DOT, an increase in the agitation rate (from 300 to 700 rpm caused a significant increase in the OTRmax (from 17 to 100 mmol L-1 h-1 for DOT of 5% and from 6 to 70 mmol L-1 h-1 for DOT of 0.5%. This increase in the OTRmax improved alginate production, as well as the specific alginate production rate (SAPR, reaching a maximal alginate concentration of 3.1 g L-1 and a SAPR of 0.031 g alg g biom-1 h-1 in the cultures at OTRmax of 100 mmol L-1 h-1. In contrast, the mean molecular mass (MMM of the alginate isolated from cultures developed under non-oxygen limited conditions increased by decreasing the OTRmax, reaching a maximal of 550 kDa at an OTRmax of 17 mmol L-1 h-1 . However, in the cultures developed under oxygen limitation (0.5% DOT, the MMM of the polymer was practically the same (around 200 kDa at 300 and 700 rpm, and this remained constant throughout the cultivation. Conclusions Overall, our results showed that under oxygen-limited and non oxygen-limited conditions, alginate production and its molecular mass are linked to the OTRmax, independently of the DOT of the culture.

  20. Genetic Complementation Studies of Human Pin1 in Azotobacter vinelandii Revealed that it Requires Amino Terminus of the NifM to Deliver PPIase Effect to the Fe-protein of Nitrogenase

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    Kumaraguru Raja; Lakshmi Pulakat; Narayanan Gavini

    2006-01-01

    The NifM is a peptidyl prolyl cis-trans isomerase and is required for the maturation and activation of the Fe protein of Nitrogenase. Since the carboxyl terminus of NifM is similar to the Human Pin1, we expressed the Human Pin1 in A. vinelandii BG98, a nifM mutant strain containing a kanamycin insertion and found that it could not complement the function of nifM. It was hypothesized that the amino terminus of the NifM might be required for the Pin1 to bind to NifH similar to requirement of th...

  1. Genetic analysis on the NifW by utilizing the yeast two-hybrid system revealed that the NifW of Azotobacter vinelandii interacts with the NifZ to form higher-order complexes.

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    Lee, S H; Pulakat, L; Parker, K C; Gavini, N

    1998-03-17

    Nitrogenase is a complex metalloenzyme composed of two separately purified proteins designated the Fe-protein and the MoFe-protein. Apart from these two proteins, a number of accessory proteins are essential for the maturation and assembly of nitrogenase. Even though experimental evidence suggests that these accessory proteins are required for nitrogenase activity, the exact roles played by many of these proteins in the functions of nitrogenase are unclear. Our studies were directed to understand the role of two nif accessory proteins, the NifW and the NifZ in the biological nitrogen fixation. To accomplish this, we have utilized a genetic method, the Yeast based Two-Hybrid protein-protein interaction assay. This analysis showed that the NifW could interact with itself to make a multimeric complex. In contrast, the NifZ could not interact with itself. However, the NifZ could interact with the NifW. Previously it was shown that mutating either the NifW or the NifZ have similar effects on the activity of nitrogenase. This observation indicated that both these proteins may exert their regulation on the nitrogenase by a common pathway. Furthermore, it was suggested that the NifW plays a role in the oxygen-protection of the MoFe-protein by direct physical interaction. Our observation that the NifW can interact with itself as well as with the NifZ, suggests that the NifW and the NifZ may form a higher order complex and such a complex may be needed to exert the effects of the NifW or the NifZ on the nitrogenase activity. PMID:9514861

  2. Azotobacter vinelandii nitrogenase: “Kinetics of nif gene expression and insights into the roles of FdxN and NifQ in FeMo-co biosynthesis”

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    Jiménez Vicente, Emilio

    2014-01-01

    The Molybdenum-nitrogenase is responsible for most biological nitrogen fixation activity (BNF) in the biosphere. Due to its great agronomical importance, it has been the subject of profound genetic and biochemical studies. The Mo nitrogenase carries at its active site a unique iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMoco) that consists of an inorganic 7 Fe, 1 Mo, 1 C, 9 S core coordinated to the organic acid homocitrate. Biosynthesis of FeMo-co occurs outside nitrogenase through a complex and highly regu...

  3. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-LAFR-01-0111 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available e component [Azotobacter vinelandii AvOP] gb|EAM07348.1| Binding-protein-dependent transport systems inner membran...CBRC-LAFR-01-0111 ref|ZP_00415494.1| Binding-protein-dependent transport systems inner membran...e component [Azotobacter vinelandii AvOP] ZP_00415494.1 0.30 26% ...

  4. Improving yield and nitrogen nutrition of maize (zea mays, L) through azotobacterization and sulphur fertilization

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    The experiment was conducted in plastic pots each, containing 20 kg soil to study the effect of sulphur (20, 40, 60 kg S/ha) and azotobacter inoculation alone and in combination on the yield and nutrition of maize (cv. Azam). A basal dose of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P/sub 2/O/sub 3/) and potash (K/sub 2/O) at 40, 80, 40 kg/ha was applied to each pot. The results revealed that increasing rates of sulphur application significantly improved the total biomass yield by 31.4 to 34.0 percent and total biomass N yield of maize by 61.0 to 65.0 percent as compared to control receiving no sulphur or azotobacter. The effect of sulphur application in improving the total biomass and biomass N yield of maize was statistically at par with that of azotobacter inoculation alone. Application to sulphur at all the applied levels along with azotobacter inoculation further improved significantly the total biomass yield by 66.0 to 70.0 percent and total biomass N yield by 99.0 to 104.0 percent as compared to control receiving no sulphur or azotobacter. Azotobacterization of maize in the presence of sulphur fertilization further improved significantly the total biomass yield by 24.1 to 29.0 percent and total biomass N yield of maize by 13.0 to 17.0 percent as compared to control receiving azotobacter alone. Inoculation of maize with azotobacter alone or in combination with sulphur markedly stimulated the azotobacter population in the root rhizospheric soil as compared to non-rhizospheric (free) soil sulphur alone had no effect in stimulating the azotobacter population in the rhizospheric soil as compared to non-rhizospheric (free) soil of maize plant. Azotobacterization of maize alone or in the presence of sulphur fertilization significantly improved the maize height. (author)

  5. The algT gene of Pseudomonas syringae pv. glycinea and new insights into the transcriptional organization of the algT-muc gene cluster.

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    The phytopathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. glycinea infects soybean plants and causes bacterial blight. In addition to P. syringae, the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the soil bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii produce the exopolysaccharide alginate, copolymer of D-mannuronic a...

  6. Alterations in seedling vigour and antioxidant enzyme activities in Catharanthus roseus under seed priming with native diazotrophs

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    KARTHIKEYAN B.; JALEEL C.A.; GOPI R.; DEIVEEKASUNDARAM M.

    2007-01-01

    An experiment was conducted on Catharanthus roseus to study the effect of seed treatments with native diazotrophs on its seedling growth and antioxidant enzyme activities. The treatments had significant influence on various seedling parameters.There is no significant influence on dry matter production with the diazotrophs, Azospirillum and Azotobacter. However, the vital seedling parameters such as germination percentage and vigour index were improved. Azotobacter treatment influenced maximum of 50% germination, whereas Azospirillum and Azotobacter were on par with C. roseus with respect to their vigour index. There was significant difference in the population of total diazotrophs. Azospirillum and Azotobacter between rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils of C. roseus had the same trend and were observed at various locations of the study. The activities of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POX) and catalase (CAT) were increased to a significant extent due to the treatment with diazotrophs.

  7. Alterations in seedling vigour and antioxidant enzyme activities in Catharanthus roseus under seed priming with native diazotrophs

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    Karthikeyan, B.; Jaleel, C.A.; Gopi, R.; Deiveekasundaram, M.

    2007-01-01

    An experiment was conducted on Catharanthus roseus to study the effect of seed treatments with native diazotrophs on its seedling growth and antioxidant enzyme activities. The treatments had significant influence on various seedling parameters. There is no significant influence on dry matter production with the diazotrophs, Azospirillum and Azotobacter. However, the vital seedling parameters such as germination percentage and vigour index were improved. Azotobacter treatment influenced maximum of 50% germination, whereas Azospirillum and Azotobacter were on par with C. roseus with respect to their vigour index. There was significant difference in the population of total diazotrophs. Azospirillum and Azotobacter between rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils of C. roseus had the same trend and were observed at various locations of the study. The activities of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POX) and catalase (CAT) were increased to a significant extent due to the treatment with diazotrophs. PMID:17610323

  8. RESPONSE MICROORGANISMS TO SOIL CONTAMINATION WITH HEAVY METALS

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    Grazyna Kaczynska; Aneta Lipinska; Jadwiga Wyszkowska; Jan Kucharski

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    The main aim of our work was to evaluate the effect that the soil contamination with zinc, copper and cadmium has on the number of (CFU)Azotobacter, organotrophic bacteria and Streptomyces. The results of the experiment revealed their role in the CFU modification and the impact on the level of soil contamination with heavy metals. Organotrophic bacteria have a similar tolerance to the heavy metals as Streptomyces, since the lowest resistance characterizes the Azotobacter. The toxicity of the ...

  9. Alterations in seedling vigour and antioxidant enzyme activities in Catharanthus roseus under seed priming with native diazotrophs

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    B.Karthikeyan; Jaleel, C.A.; Gopi, R.; Deiveekasundaram, M.

    2007-01-01

    An experiment was conducted on Catharanthus roseus to study the effect of seed treatments with native diazotrophs on its seedling growth and antioxidant enzyme activities. The treatments had significant influence on various seedling parameters. There is no significant influence on dry matter production with the diazotrophs, Azospirillum and Azotobacter. However, the vital seedling parameters such as germination percentage and vigour index were improved. Azotobacter treatment influenced maximu...

  10. Study of some nitrogen transformation reactions as influenced by the agrochemicals in some soils of north Iraq by using labelled compounds. Part of a coordinated programme on isotopic-tracer-aided studies of agrochemical residue - soil biota interactions

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    The effect is described of different pesticides when applied to autoclaved soils to which the mixture of nitrifier, ammonifier, and azotobacter were added and incubated for 90 days. The results are given of the respiration parameter of 14CO2 evolved at 30 and 60 days of incubation from soil samples obtained at depths of 15, 30, 45, and 60 cm. Graphs show the survival of mixture of nitrifier, ammonifier, and azotobacter treated with pesticides Benlate, Sevin, and Diptrex at three dose levels. Total bacterial counts as estimated by 14C-glucose oxidation are also shown

  11. The role of soil microorganisms in the process of stabilization and anti-degradation in arid ecosystems

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    Layskhanov Sh.U.

    2015-01-01

    In the article the main microorganisms (actinomycetes, microscopical fungi, spore forming bacteria or bacilli, azotobacters, nitrifiers and denitrifiers, cyanobacteria) living in the soil of desert area and their role in ecosystem are described. Their functions in anti-degradation processes as formation of microenvironments in resources islands and formation of soil crust are identified.

  12. Genotypic Characterization of Azotobacteria Isolated from Argentinean Soils and Plant-Growth-Promoting Traits of Selected Strains with Prospects for Biofertilizer Production

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    Esteban Julián Rubio

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The genetic diversity among 31 putative Azotobacter isolates obtained from agricultural and non-agricultural soils was assessed using rep-PCR genomic fingerprinting and identified to species level by ARDRA and partial 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. High diversity was found among the isolates, identified as A. chroococcum, A. salinestris, and A. armeniacus. Selected isolates were characterized on the basis of phytohormone biosynthesis, nitrogenase activity, siderophore production, and phosphate solubilization. Indole-3 acetic-acid (IAA, gibberellin (GA3 and zeatin (Z biosynthesis, nitrogenase activity, and siderophore production were found in all evaluated strains, with variation among them, but no phosphate solubilization was detected. Phytohormones excreted to the culture medium ranged in the following concentrations: 2.2–18.2 μg IAA mL−1, 0.3–0.7 μg GA3 mL−1, and 0.5–1.2 μg Z mL−1. Seed inoculations with further selected Azotobacter strains and treatments with their cell-free cultures increased the number of seminal roots and root hairs in wheat seedlings. This latter effect was mimicked by treatments with IAA-pure solutions, but it was not related to bacterial root colonization. Our survey constitutes a first approach to the knowledge of Azotobacter species inhabiting Argentinean soils in three contrasting geographical regions. Moreover, this phenotypic characterization constitutes an important contribution to the selection of Azotobacter strains for biofertilizer formulations.

  13. Studies on the structure and function of pyruvate dehydrogenase complexes

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    Abreu, de R.A.

    1978-01-01

    The aim of the present investigation was to obtain more information of the structure and function of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complexes from Azotobacter vinelandii and Escherichia coli.In chapter 2 a survey is given of the recent literature on pyruvate dehydrogenase complexes.In chapter 3 results

  14. 5-Fluorotryptophan as dual probe for ground-state heterogeneity and excited-state dynamics in apoflavodoxin

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    Visser, N. V.; Westphal, A. H.; Nabuurs, S. M.; van Hoek, A.; Mierlo, C. P. M. van; Visser, A. J. W. G.; Broos, J.; van Amerongen, H.

    2009-01-01

    The apoflavodoxin protein from Azotobacter vinelandii harboring three tryptophan (Trp) residues, was biosynthetically labeled with 5-fluorotryptophan (5-FTrp). 5-FTrp has the advantage that chemical differences in its microenvironment can be sensitively visualized via (19)F NMR. Moreover, it shows s

  15. Biological control of Rhizoctonia solani in potato by antagonists : field testing of the effect of inoculation of seed tubers with Verticillium biguttatum and other antagonists in 1981 and 1982

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    Jager, G.; Velvis, H.

    1983-01-01

    Onderzoek naar de biologische bestrijding van Rhizoctonia solani in aardappelen op verschillende grondsoorten (klei, zavel en zand) door middel van inoculatie van de poters met de schimmel Verticillium biguttatum en andere antagonisten, inklusief Azotobacter chroococcum. Verticillium biguttatum gaf een bescherming voor infektie van spruiten vanuit sklerotien op de poter en een vermindering van de effekten van primaire Rhizoctonia (overgebracht via pootgoed) op de spruiten

  16. Isolation And Purification Of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (Pgpr From The Rhizosphere Of Acorus Calamus Grown Soil

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    P. Prakash

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Among the 10 bacterial isolates were obtained from Acorus calamus rhizospheric soil of Melaiyar and Nagapattinam districts in Tamil Nadu. All the isolates were identified as Azospirillum spp., Bacillus spp., Pseudomonas spp., and Azotobacter spp. These bacterial strains were tested on morphological, biochemical and screened for their direct growth promoting activities (IAA production, production of Ammonia and Phosphate solubilization and indirect growth promoting activities (HCN production, Siderophore production. The results obtained showed that among the 10 isolates of Melaiyar and Nagapattinam districts (M-M15 of ranged from (4.10 - 5.66 and 4.40 - 7.80 of Azospirillum spp., (3.00 – 6.00 and 3.20 – 6,.30 of Bacillus spp., (5.00 – 8.40 and 5.10 - 8.20 of Pseudomonas spp., and (3.00 - 6.00 and 3.30 - 6.30 of Azotobacter spp. The IAA production of Pseudomonas spp. (94%, Azospirillum spp (80%, Azotobacter spp. (65% and Bacillus spp. (40%. Ammonium production of the isolates, Bacillus spp. (96%, Pseudomonas spp. (92%, Azospirillum spp. (65% and Azotobacter spp. (55%. Thesiderophore and HCN production produced by all the isolates make it suitable for further investigation of pot and field trials by Acorus calamus cultivation

  17. Isolation and characterization of bacteria from Waste Sugar Mill Arasoe-Kab.Bone As Raw Material Producing Bioplastics Degraded (Poly-??-hydroxybutyrate)

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    Haedar, Nur; Gobel, Risco B.; Umar, Muhammad Ruslan; Ambeng, Ambeng

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    Beberapa genera bakteri seperti Alcaligenes, Pseudomonas, Azotobacter, Rhizobium, Azospirilum, dan Micrococcus dari beberapa spesies algae mampu mengakumulasi granula PHB yang diakumulasi oleh sel bakteri yang ditumbuhkan dalam medium yang mengandung konsentrasi karbon tinggi tetapi nitrogen dan fosfatnya terbatas, Salah satu upaya untuk menekan biaya produksi perlu dilakukan penelitian dari sudut pandang mikrobiologi, diantaranya ialah menemukan mikroba unggul baru penghasil PHB atau menemuk...

  18. Potential of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria and chemical fertilizers on soil enzymes and plant growth

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    The present investigation deals with the role of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria and chemical fertilizers alone or in combination on urease, invertase and phosphatase activities of rhizospheric soil and also on general impact on growth of safflower cvv. Thori and Saif-32. The PGPR (Azospirillum brasilense and Azotobacter vinelandii) were applied at 10/sup 6/ cells/mL as seed inoculation prior to sowing. Chemical fertilizers were applied at full (Urea 60 Kg ha/sup -1/ and Diammonium phosphate (DAP) 30 Kg ha/sup -1/), half (Urea 30 Kg ha/sup -1/ and DAP 15 Kg ha/sup -1/) and quarter doses (Urea 15 Kg ha-1 and DAP 7.5 Kg ha/sup -1/) during sowing. The chemical fertilizers and PGPR enhanced urease and invertase activities of soil. Presence of PGPR in combination with quarter and half doses of chemical fertilizers further augmented their effect on soil enzymes activities. The soil phosphatase activity was greater in Azospirillum and Azotobacter in combination with half dose of chemical fertilizers. Maximum increase in leaf melondialdehyde content was recorded in full dose of chemical fertilizers whereas coinoculation treatment exhibited significant reduction in cv. Thori. Half and quarter dose of chemical fertilizers increased the shoot length of safflower whereas maximum increase in leaf protein was recorded in Azotobacter in combination with full dose of chemical fertilizers. Root length was improved by Azospirillum and Azotobacter in combination with quarter dose of chemical fertilizers. Leaf area and chlorophyll contents were significantly improved by Azotobacter in combination with half dose of chemical fertilizers. It is inferred that PGPR can supplement 50 % chemical fertilizers for better plant growth and soil health. (author)

  19. RESPONSE MICROORGANISMS TO SOIL CONTAMINATION WITH HEAVY METALS

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    Grazyna Kaczynska

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of our work was to evaluate the effect that the soil contamination with zinc, copper and cadmium has on the number of (CFUAzotobacter, organotrophic bacteria and Streptomyces. The results of the experiment revealed their role in the CFU modification and the impact on the level of soil contamination with heavy metals. Organotrophic bacteria have a similar tolerance to the heavy metals as Streptomyces, since the lowest resistance characterizes the Azotobacter. The toxicity of the examined heavy metals can be ranked as follows (from the most sensitive to the least: Azotobacter>organotrophic bacteria>Streptomyces. It can be concluded that the succession of the microorganuisms is determined by the soil fertility, which stimulates both the characteristics and biochemical transformations, that occur in it through the mechanisms involved in reducing the negative impact of the heavy metals on the number of microorganisms.

  20. FREE-FLOWING COMPLEX BACTERIAL PREPARATION FOR CROP AND EFFICIENCY OF ITS USE IN AGROECOSYSTEMS

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    Ivan Кurdish

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study investigated the influence of different nanomaterials on physiological and biochemical activity of the nitrogen-fixing bacteria Azotobacter vinelandii IMV V-7076 and phosphate mobilizing bacteria Bacillus subtilis IMV V-7023 for the development of high-efficient free-flowing bacterial complex for crop production. Among the studied nanomaterials, vermiculite stimulated the most effectively bacterial growth, synthesis of amino acids and phytohormones, dehydrogenase, catalase and peroxidase activities. Based on vermiculite and highly efficient strains of bacteria Azotobacter vinelandii IMV V-7076 and Bacillus subtilis IMV V-7023, a free-flowing bacterial complex preparation for crop production was created. The preparation was stable during storage, it improved the nitrogenous and phosphorus nutrition of plants stimulated their growth by biologically active substances and protected plants from lesion by phytopathogenic micromicetes and bacteria.

  1. Increased root exudation of 14C-compounds by sorghum seedlings inoculated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria

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    Organic components leaked from Sorghum bicolor seedlings ('root exudates') were examined by recovering 14C labelled compounds from root solutions of seedlings inoculated with Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter vinelandii or Klebsiella pneumoniae nif-. Up to 3.5% of the total 14C recovered from shoots, roots, and nutrient solutions was found in the root solutions. Inoculation with Azospirillum and Azotobacter increased the amounts of 14C and decreased the amounts of carbohydrates in the root solutions. When sucrose was added as a carbon source for the bacteria, the increase of 14C in the solutions did not occur. Quantities of 14C found in the root solutions were proportional to amounts of mineral nitrogen supplied to the plants. Bacterial growth also was proportional to nitrogen levels. When sorghum plants were grown in soil and labelled with 14CO2, about 15% of the total 14C recovered within 48 hours exposure was found in soil leachates. (orig.)

  2. Evaluation of the association nitrogen fixing bacterias interspecific – rice lines – nitrogen, in typic haplustalf. Ibagué, Colombia Evaluación de la asociación bacterias fijadoras de nitrógeno – líneas interespecíficas de arroz–nitrógeno, en Typic haplustalf. Ibagué, Colombia

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    Bonilla Correa Carmen Rosa

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The study was carried out at the Cauchitos farm, Ibague municipality department of Tolima, with bounds: North 4°23'51"; and west 75°9'7";, 979 ansm, the average temperature is 24,3°C, tropical dry forest (bs–t in the Holdridge classification. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between the nitrogen fixation bacteries with and without inoculo in 10 interespecific rice lines with three nitrogen dosis (0, 50 and 100% de 250 kg/ ha–1 and three repetitions. The inoculation was realized with 108 former units of colonies per millimeter. 2.260 bacteries of the generums Azotobacter spp y Azospirrillum spp., and identification the species: Azospirillum brasilense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Azospirillum amazonense, were identified and from the genus Azotobacter were identified the species: A. choroococcum, A. vinelandii, A. paspali and A. veijerinckii. Weren't found none significative differences after the inoculation. Azotobacter spp and Azospirillum spp. were typical generums of the bacterian flora in the rice plantation and in field conditions were effect of the treatment effects in the bacterian . The Azotobacter spp was the predominant in generum in each one of the treatments.El estudio se llevó a cabo en la hacienda Cauchitos, municipio de Ibagué, departamento del Tolima (Norte 4° 23' 51"; y Oeste 75° 9' 7";, 979 msnm, 24.3°C, bosque seco tropical (bs–T, con el objetivo de evaluar las asociaciones entre bacterias fijadoras de nitrógeno con inóculo y sin él en diez líneas interespecíficas de arroz, con tres dosis de nitrógeno (0%, 50% y 100% de 250 kg/ha–1 y tres repeticiones por tratamiento. La inoculación se

  3. Impact of bio-fertilizers and different levels of cadmium on the growth, biochemical contents and lipid peroxidation of Plantago ovata Forsk.

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    Haneef, Irfana; Faizan, Shahla; Perveen, Rubina; Kausar, Saima

    2014-09-01

    Plantago ovata Forsk. (isabgol) is a valuable medicinal plant; its seeds and shell have a significant role in pharmacy as a laxative compound. Increasing soil contamination with cadmium (Cd) is one of the major concerns and is responsible for toxic effects in plants. This investigation was aimed to analyze the role of biofertilizers in alleviation of cadmium stress, given at the rate of 0, 50, and 100 mg kg(-1) of soil. The plants of isabgol, were grown in pots with and without application of AM fungi and Azotobacter (alone and combination). Cadmium showed negative effect on growth and biochemical component whereas proline and MDA content increase with increasing cadmium concentration. Addition of bio-fertilizer showed better growth and higher pigment concentration under cadmium stress as compared to the control. The dual inoculation of AM fungi and Azotobacter was found to be the best in reduction of cadmium stress and promotion of growth parameters. PMID:25183940

  4. Heavy Metal Concentration from Shrimp Culture Ponds at Point Calimer Area

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    G. Umamaheswari

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Palk strait estuarine water was highly polluted by Cu, Fe, Pb, Zn and Hg. The study was carryout the interactions between heavy metals and microorganisms. The study area paying attention on the role of probiotic bacteria such as Bacillus cereus, Aeromonas hydrophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Azotobacter vinelandii, and Lactobacillus sp. to remove the metals from polluted nine aquaculture ponds through the way of bioremediation, bioaccumulation and mineralization process. The highest inhibition zone was absorbed in Pseudomonas aeruginosa against Hg (3.796 mm and Cu (0.060 mm, Aeromonas hydrophila against Pb (5.526 mm and Bacillus cereus against Zn (4.504 mm and Fe (1.635 mm. No inhibition zone was produced by Azotobacter beijerinckii and control also maintained.

  5. Bacterias fijadoras asimbióticas de nitrógeno de la zona agrícola de San Carlos. Córdoba, Colombia

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    Lara Mantilla Cecilia; Villalba Anaya Mara; Oviedo Zumaqué Luis Eliécer

    2007-01-01

    Se aislaron bacterias diazotróficas de los géneros Azotobacter sp y Azospirrillum sp a partir de la rizosfera de cultivos de plátano, pastos, maíz y de rastrojos (zonas sin cultivar) en el municipio de San Carlos (Valle del Sinú medio en el departamento de Córdoba, Colombia). Las poblaciones microbianas se identificaron mediante pruebas bioquímicas y observación macroscópica y microscópica con tinción de Gram en diferentes medios de cultivo: a) Burk´s, Asbhy y Jensen´s, (género Azotobacter sp...

  6. BIOFERTILIZANTES, UNA ALTERNATIVA PROMISORIA PARA LA PRODUCCIÓN HORTÍCOLA EN ORGANOPÓNICOS

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    Elein Terry

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de evaluar el efecto agrobiológico de dos biofertilizantes, se estudió la influencia de la inoculación simple y combinada de Azotobacter chroococcum y hongos formadores de micorrizas arbusculares, en los cultivos hortícolas de tomate, lechuga, habichuela y rabanito, evaluándose la efectividad de estos bioproductos sobre el crecimiento, desarrollo y rendimiento de estas especies. Los resultados mostraron un efecto positivo de la inoculación de estos microorganismos en los diferentes parámetros evaluados, siendo la inoculación mixta (Glomus clarum-Azotobacter chroococcum la que brindó los resultados más efectivos, lo que demuestra que ambos microorganismos funcionaron de forma sinérgica cuando se añadieron simultáneamente.

  7. Studies on phosphorus utilization as influenced by bacterial seed inoculation and phosphorus fertilization in summer mung (Vigna radiata L. Wilczek)

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    A greenhouse experiment was conducted with four types of bacterial inoculation (Rhizobium alone; Rhizobium along with Azotobacter chroococcum; Rhizobium along with Azospirillum brasilense and no inoculation) and three levels of phosphorus (32P labelled SSP) application (O, 6.5 ppm and 13.0 ppm P). Inoculation with Rhizobium along with Azotobacter chroococcum was found to be better than Rhizobium alone or Rhizobium along with Azospirillum brasilense in respect of leaf, stem, root and nodule dry weight, phosphorus uptake and utilization efficiency. P application upto 6.5 ppm significantly increased leaf, stem, root and nodule dry weight and phosphorus uptake. Per cent phosphorus derived from fertilizer (per cent pdff) and fertilizer P uptake significantly increased while P utilization efficiency significantly decreased with increasing levels of P application. (author). 12 refs., 2 tables

  8. A STUDY ON NITROGEN FIXING AND PHOSPHATE SOLUBILIZING MICROORGANISMS ON GROWTH AND PHYSIOLOGY OF PLUMBAGO ZEYLANICA.L

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    D.Haribabu Rao; T.Vijaya; B.V.Ramana naidu; Subramanyam, P.; D.Jayasimha Rayalu

    2012-01-01

    Organisms that are commonly used as biofertilizers component are nitrogen fixers (N-fixer), potassium solubilizer (K-solubilizer) and phosphorus solubilizer (P- solubilizer), or with the combination of molds or fungi. Most of the bacteria included in biofertilizer have close relationship with plant roots. In this work we have selected plumbago zeylanica.L plant to study the effect of Azotobacter on the growth of roots, stem, and leaves. Also biochemical characterization was done to identify t...

  9. Growth enhancement of black pepper (Piper nigrum) by a newly isolated Bacillus tequilensis NII-0943

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    Dastager, S.G.; Deepa, C.K.; Pandey, A.

    like to thank CSIR for providing the financial support. References Ahmad F., Ahmad I. & Khan M.S. 2008. Screening of free-living rhizospheric bacteria for their multiple plant growth-promoting activities. Microbiol. Res. 163:173–181. Altschul S...: Azospirillum, Azotobacter, Bacillus, Pseudomonas, Serratia and Streptomyces (Baudoin et al. 2009, Biari et al. 2008, Ahmad et al.2008). In the present study we reporting on a potential isolate of bacillus sp isolated from Western ghat dense forest...

  10. Rhizosphere microorganisms potential antagonists fusarium sp. causing root rot of passion fruit (passiflora edulis sims)

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    Quiroga-Rojas, Luisa Fernanda; Ruiz-Quiñones, Nataly; Muñoz-Motta, Guerly; Lozano-Tovar, María Denis

    2013-01-01

    The passion fruit crop (Passiflora edulis) is very important for the Colombian economy. Nowadays this crop is affected by damping-off disease caused by Fusarium sp. So, it is necessary to look for alternatives which allow us to control the disease efficiently. The bacteria Azotobacter spp., Azoospirillum spp. and the fungi Trichoderma spp., were evaluated as a Fusarium sp. potential biocontrol in In vitro and In vivo test. The research was carried out in laboratory and nursery. The “dual test...

  11. Microorganismos rizosféricos, potenciales antagonistas de Fusarium sp. causante de la pudrición radicular de maracuyá (Passiflora edulis Sims)

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    Luisa Fernanda Quiroga-Rojas; Nataly Ruiz-Quiñones; Guerly Muñoz-Motta; María Denis Lozano-Tovar

    2012-01-01

    El cultivo de maracuyá (Passiflora edulis), de gran importancia económica para Colombia, actualmente es afectado por la enfermedad del marchitamiento vascular causado por Fusarium sp. lo que hace necesario la búsqueda de alternativas que permitan un control eficiente de esta enfermedad. Aislados de las bacterias Azotobacter spp., Azospirillum spp. y el hongo Trichoderma spp., fueron evaluados como potenciales biocontroladores de Fusarium sp. en pruebas in vitro e in vivo. Las pruebas de “test...

  12. Progress in Research of Bacteria Fertilizer Strengthening Resistance of Plants

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    2003-01-01

    Bacteria fertilizer is used most widely among all kinds of microbial fertilizers. We summarize the research headway of bacteria fertilizer. It mainly focuses on bacteria fertilizer improving the stress resistance of plant. Then we can offer basis to research and exploit bacteria fertilizer. These bacteria include azotobacter, photosynthetic bacteria, Bacillus mucilaginosus siliceous, phosphorus bacteria, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria(PGPR), effective microorganism(EM).

  13. GenBank blastx search result: AK061948 [KOME

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    Full Text Available AK061948 001-042-E07 AF267243.2 Azotobacter vinelandii PhbF (phbF), putative phasin protein PhbP (phb...P), putative transcription activator PhbR (phbR), acetoacetyl-CoA reductase (phbB), polyhy...droxybutyrate biosynthetic beta-ketothiolase (phbA), and PHB synthase (phbC) genes, complete cds.|BCT BCT 1e-56 +3 ...

  14. GenBank blastx search result: AK059654 [KOME

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    Full Text Available AK059654 001-031-C10 AF267243.2 Azotobacter vinelandii PhbF (phbF), putative phasin protein PhbP (phb...P), putative transcription activator PhbR (phbR), acetoacetyl-CoA reductase (phbB), polyhy...droxybutyrate biosynthetic beta-ketothiolase (phbA), and PHB synthase (phbC) genes, complete cds.|BCT BCT 3e-82 +1 ...

  15. Role of NifS in maturation of glutamine phosphoribosylpyrophosphate amidotransferase.

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    Chen, S.; Zheng, L; Dean, D R; Zalkin, H.

    1997-01-01

    Glutamine phosphoribosylpyrophosphate amidotransferase from Bacillus subtilis is synthesized as an inactive precursor that requires two maturation steps: incorporation of a [4Fe-4S] center and cleavage of an 11-residue NH2-terminal propeptide. Overproduction from a multicopy plasmid in Escherichia coli leads to the formation of soluble proenzyme and mature enzyme forms as well as a small fraction of insoluble proenzyme. Heterologous expression of Azotobacter vinelandii nifS from a compatible ...

  16. Controlled Expression of nif and isc Iron-Sulfur Protein Maturation Components Reveals Target Specificity and Limited Functional Replacement between the Two Systems▿ †

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    Dos Santos, Patricia C.; Johnson, Deborah C.; Ragle, Brook E.; Unciuleac, Mihaela-Carmen; Dean, Dennis R.

    2007-01-01

    The nitrogen-fixing organism Azotobacter vinelandii contains at least two systems that catalyze formation of [Fe-S] clusters. One of these systems is encoded by nif genes, whose products supply [Fe-S] clusters required for maturation of nitrogenase. The other system is encoded by isc genes, whose products are required for maturation of [Fe-S] proteins that participate in general metabolic processes. The two systems are similar in that they include an enzyme for the mobilization of sulfur (Nif...

  17. Quaternary structure changes in a second Per-Arnt-Sim domain mediate intramolecular redox signal relay in the NifL regulatory protein

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    Slavny, Peter; Little, Richard; Salinas Berná, Paloma; Clarke, Thomas A.; Dixon, Ray

    2009-01-01

    Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) domains play a critical role in signal transduction in multidomain proteins by sensing diverse environmental signals and regulating the activity of output domains. Multiple PAS domains are often found within a single protein. The NifL regulatory protein from Azotobacter vinelandii contains tandem PAS domains, the most N-terminal of which, PAS1, contains a FAD cofactor and is responsible for redox sensing, whereas the second PAS domain, PAS2, has no apparent cofactor and its...

  18. Identification and characterization of functional homologs of nitrogenase cofactor biosynthesis protein NifB from methanogens

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    Fay, Aaron W.; Wiig, Jared A.; Lee, Chi Chung; Hu, Yilin

    2015-01-01

    Nitrogenase biosynthesis protein NifB catalyzes the radical S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM)-dependent insertion of carbide into the nitrogenase cofactor, M cluster, in a chemically unprecedented and biologically important reaction. The observation that two naturally “truncated” NifB homologs from Methanosarcina acetivorans (NifBMa) and Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum (NifBMt) are functional equivalents of NifB from the diazotrophic organism, Azotobacter vinelandii, establishes the minimum ...

  19. Cysteine desulfurase activity indicates a role for NIFS in metallocluster biosynthesis.

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    Zheng, L; White, R H; Cash, V L; Jack, R F; Dean, D R

    1993-01-01

    Biological nitrogen fixation is catalyzed by nitrogenase, a complex metalloenzyme composed of two separately purifiable component proteins encoded by the structural genes nifH, nifD, and nifK. Deletion of the Azotobacter vinelandii nifS gene lowers the activities of both nitrogenase component proteins. Because both nitrogenase component proteins have metallocluster prosthetic groups that are composed of iron- and sulfur-containing cores, this result indicated that the nifS gene product could ...

  20. Nucleotide sequence of a cyanobacterial nifH gene coding for nitrogenase reductase

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    Mevarech, Moshe; Rice, Douglas; Haselkorn, Robert

    1980-01-01

    The nucleotide sequence of nifH, the structural gene for nitrogenase reductase (component II or Fe protein of nitrogenase) from the cyanobacterium Anabaena 7120 has been determined. Also reported are 194 bases of the 5′-flanking sequence and 170 bases of the 3′-flanking sequence. The predicted amino acid sequence was compared with that determined for the complete nitrogenase reductase of Clostridium pasteurianum and the cysteine-containing peptides of the protein from Azotobacter vinelandii. ...

  1. Kinetics of nif Gene Expression in a Nitrogen-Fixing Bacterium

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    C. Poza-Carrion; E. Jimenez-Vicente; M. Navarro-Rodriguez; C. Echavarri-Erasun; L. M. Rubio

    2014-01-01

    Nitrogen fixation is a tightly regulated trait. Switching from N2 fixation-repressing conditions to the N2-fixing state is carefully controlled in diazotrophic bacteria mainly because of the high energy demand that it imposes. By using quantitative real-time PCR and quantitative immunoblotting, we show here how nitrogen fixation (nif) gene expression develops in Azotobacter vinelandii upon derepression. Transient expression of the transcriptional activator-encoding gene, nifA, was followed by...

  2. The N-terminal and C-terminal portions of NifV are encoded by two different genes in Clostridium pasteurianum.

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    Wang, S Z; Dean, D R; Chen, J. S.; Johnson, J L

    1991-01-01

    The nifV gene products from Azotobacter vinelandii and Klebsiella pneumoniae share a high level of primary sequence identity and are proposed to catalyze the synthesis of homocitrate. While searching for potential nif (nitrogen fixation) genes within the genomic region located downstream from the nifN-B gene of Clostridium pasteurianum, we observed two open reading frames (ORFs) whose deduced amino acid sequences exhibit nonoverlapping sequence identity to different portions of the nifV gene ...

  3. CHARACTERIZATION, BIO-FORMULATION DEVELOPMENT AND SHELF-LIFE STUDIES OF LOCALLY ISOLATED BIO-FERTILIZER STRAINS

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    Vipin Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Nitrogen fixing, phosphate solubilizing and potash mobilizing bacterial strains were isolated from rhizosphere soil of agricultural land, the isolated bacterial strains were further characterized by a series of biochemical reactions and identified as genus Azotobacter, Bacillus and Pseudomonas respectively. A technology for their mass multiplication and their bio-formulation has been developed. Fly-ash was used as carrier materials for bio-formulation development of bio-fertilizer strains. Sh...

  4. Redox driven metabolic tuning: Carbon source and aeration affect synthesis of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) in Escherichia coli

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    Nikel, Pablo I.; de Almeida, Alejandra; Giordano, Andrea M.; Pettinari, M. Julia

    2010-01-01

    Growth and polymer synthesis were studied in a recombinant E. coli strain carrying phaBAC and phaP of Azotobacter sp. strain FA8 using different carbon sources and oxygen availability conditions. The results obtained with glucose or glycerol were completely different, demonstrating that the metabolic routes leading to the synthesis of the polymer when using glycerol do not respond to environmental conditions such as oxygen availability in the same way as they do when other substrates, such as...

  5. Effect of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on Ambrosia rtemisiifolia L. seed germination

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    Vrbničanin Sava; Božić Dragana; Sarić Marija; Pavlović Danijela; Raičević Vera

    2011-01-01

    Soil bacteria are able either to stimulate or inhibit seed germination. If seed germination is stimulated, the seedlings of weed species emerge more uniformly, so that they could be killed in the next step of weed control. This investigation focused on testing the germination of Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. on several media: Pseudomonas fluorescens (B1), Azotobacter chroococcum (B2), Bacillus licheniformis (B3), B. pumilus (B4), B. amyloliquefaciens (B5). In ...

  6. Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria on Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. Seed Germination

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    Sava Vrbničanin; Dragana Božić; Marija Sarić; Danijela Pavlović; Vera Raičević

    2011-01-01

    Soil bacteria are able either to stimulate or inhibit seed germination. If seed germination is stimulated, the seedlings of weed species emerge more uniformly, so that they could be killed in the next step of weed control. This investigation focused on testing the germination of Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. on several media: Pseudomonas fluorescens (B1), Azotobacter chroococcum (B2), Bacillus licheniformis (B3), B. pumilus (B4), B. amyloliquefaciens (B5). In control, seeds germinated in water. ...

  7. Effect of Biofertilizers on Agronomic Criteria of Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

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    Tabrizi, Leila; Alireza KOOCHEKI; Ghorbani, Reza

    2008-01-01

    An experiment was conducted under field conditions to evaluate the effects of pure or combinations of biofertilizers on agronomic and quality criteria of Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), a medicinal and aromatic plant from Labiateae family at the Research Station of the Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, during 2006 and 2007. A complete randomized block design with three replications was used. Treatments containing Azospirillum/Azotobacter(Nitroxin), Azospirillum/Bacillus s...

  8. Effect of mineral vs. biofertilizer on growth, yield, and essential oil content of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.)

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    M.A. Sharaf-Eldin; S.A. Mahfouz

    2007-01-01

    In field experiments during two successive seasons (2003-2004 and 2004-2005), the effects of biofertilization on growth, fruit yield, and oil composition of fennel plants were investigated. Application of biofertilizer, which was a mixture of Azotobacter chroococcum, Azospirillum liboferum, and Bacillus megatherium applied with chemical fertilizers (only 50% of the recommended dosage of NPK) increased vegetative growth (plant height, number of branches, and herb fresh and dry weight per plant...

  9. Genotypic Characterization of Azotobacteria Isolated from Argentinean Soils and Plant-Growth-Promoting Traits of Selected Strains with Prospects for Biofertilizer Production

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    Esteban Julián Rubio; Marcela Susana Montecchia; Micaela Tosi; Fabricio Darío Cassán; Alejandro Perticari; Olga Susana Correa

    2013-01-01

    The genetic diversity among 31 putative Azotobacter isolates obtained from agricultural and non-agricultural soils was assessed using rep-PCR genomic fingerprinting and identified to species level by ARDRA and partial 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. High diversity was found among the isolates, identified as A. chroococcum, A. salinestris, and A. armeniacus. Selected isolates were characterized on the basis of phytohormone biosynthesis, nitrogenase activity, siderophore production, and phosph...

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  11. History on the biological nitrogen fixation research in graminaceous plants: special emphasis on the Brazilian experience

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    José I. Baldani; Vera L.D. Baldani

    2005-01-01

    This review covers the history on Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF) in Graminaceous plants grown in Brazil, and describes research progress made over the last 40 years, most of whichwas coordinated by Johanna Döbereiner. One notable accomplishment during this period was the discovery of several nitrogen-fixing bacteria such as the rhizospheric (Beijerinckia fluminensis and Azotobacter paspali), associative (Azospirillum lipoferum, A. brasilense, A. amazonense) and the endophytic (Herbaspiril...

  12. New insights into the biosynthesis of alginate in Pseudomonas fluorescens: from precursor synthesis to multiprotein factories

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    Maleki, Susan

    2015-01-01

    Alginate is a biopolymer that has numerous industrial and medical applications due to its favorable material properties, which is greatly affected by the polymer chain length and monomer composition. Currently, all commercially available alginates are obtained from brown algae; however, the polymer is also produced by bacteria belonging to the two genera Pseudomonas and Azotobacter. Genetic engineering of bacteria opens up new possibilities for production of alginates with more...

  13. Nitrogen fixed by wheat plants as affected by nitrogen fertilizer levels and Non-symbiotic bacteria

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    Inorganic nitrogen is required for all egyptian soils for wheat. Free living and N 2-fixing microorganisms are able associate closely related with the roots of geraminacae. Pot experiment studies were carried out to examine the response of wheat plants to inoculation with Azospirillum Brasilense and Azotobacter Chroococcum, single or in combination, under various levels of ammonium sulfate interaction between both the inoculants increased straw or grain yield as well as N-uptake by wheat plants with increasing N levels. Results showed that grains of wheat plants derived over 19,24 and 15% of its N content from the atmospheric - N 2 (Ndfa) with application of 25,50 and 75 mg N kg-1 soil in the presence of + Azospirillum + azotobacter. The final amount of N 2-fixers. The highest values of N 2-fixed were observed with mixed inoculants followed by inoculation with Azospirillum and then azotobacter. The recovery of applied ammonium sulfate-N was markedly increased by inoculation with combined inoculants, but less in uninoculated treatments. Seeds inoculated with non-symbiotic fixing bacteria could be saved about 25 kg N without much affecting the grain yield. i fig., 4 tabs

  14. Response Of Guava Trees (Psidium Guajava To Soil Applications Of Mineral And Organic Fertilisers And Biofertilisers Under Conditions Of Low Fertile Soil

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    Shukla Sushil Kumar

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    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to assess the influence of different organic fertilisers - vermicompost, mulching, Azotobacter, phosphate solubilising microbes (PSM and Trichoderma harzianum added each year to mineral fertilisers containing NPK and to farmyard manure (FYM on leaf nutrient status, tree growth, fruit yield and quality of guava grown in low fertile soil. The results revealed that vermicompost, bio-fertilisers and organic mulching resulted in yield and fruit quality boosters, as compared to application of NPK and FYM as the only organic fertiliser. Significant differences in plant height, canopy spread and stem girth of guava plants were obtained in combination, where Azotobacter, T. harzianum, PSM and organic mulching were applied. The leaf nutrient contents (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, Mn and Zn were within sufficient ranges. Fruit yields and quality were highest in combination, where vermicompost, Azotobacter, T. harzianum, PSM and organic mulching was applied. Fruit quality parameters viz. soluble solid concentration, titratable acidity, total sugars and ascorbic acid showed positive correlation with the available macro- and micronutrients in the soil.

  15. Improving soil microbiology under rice-wheat crop rotation in Indo-Gangetic Plains by optimized resource management.

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    Sharma, P; Singh, G; Sarkar, Sushil K; Singh, Rana P

    2015-03-01

    The resource-intensive agriculture involving use of chemical fertilizers, irrigation, and tillage practices is a major cause of soil, water, and air pollution. This study was conducted to determine whether integrated use of nutrient, water, and tillage (reduced) can be manipulated to improve the population of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (Azotobacter, Bacillus, and Pseudomonas) to enhance soil fertility and yield. The study was conducted in the Indo-Gangetic plain (IGP) region of India, where resource-intensive agriculture is practiced. Various combinations of chemical (urea) and organic fertilizers (farmyard manure (FYM), biofertilizer, and green manure) were used on replicated field plots for all the experiments. The effect of integrated resource management (IRM) on activities of Azotobacter, Bacillus, and Pseudomonas and its relation to the yields of rice and wheat crops in subtropical soils of IGP region were also observed. The increased population of all the three microbes, namely, Azotobacter (5.01-7.74 %), Bacillus (3.37-6.79 %), and Pseudomonas (5.21-7.09 %), was observed due to improved structure and increased organic matter in the soil. Similarly, kernel number and 1000 kernel weight were found increased with sole organic N source, three irrigations, and conservation tillage. Thus, it was found that the IRM practices affect the environment positively by increasing the population of beneficial soil microbes and crop yield as compared to high-input agriculture (conventional practices). PMID:25720969

  16. Selección y caracterización de rizobacterias promotoras de crecimiento vegetal (RPCV asociadas al cultivo de algodón (Gossypium hirsutum

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    Andrés Guzmán

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES-CO X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Título en ingles: Selection and characterization of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR’s associated with cotton crop (Gossypium hirsutum Resumen: Como parte de las estrategias de una agricultura sostenible, se hace necesario disminuir el uso de fertilizantes nitrogenados de síntesis, mediante la utilización de los biofertilizantes. En particular, los géneros Azotobacter y Azospirillum son utilizados como agentes promotores de crecimiento vegetal debido a su capacidad para fijar nitrógeno atmosférico y producir hormonas de tipo indólico. Por tal razón, en este estudio se aislaron bacterias diazotróficas de los géneros Azotobacter y Azospirillum a partir de la rizósfera de cultivos de algodón en el Espinal (Tolima. Las poblaciones microbianas se caracterizaron fenotípicamente en los medios de cultivo semiespecíficos: Ashby y LG (Azotobacter sp. y NFb, LGI y Batata (Azospirillum sp.. La promoción de crecimiento vegetal se determinó mediante la actividad de la enzima nitrogenasa por medio de la técnica de reducción de acetileno y producción de índoles por el método colorimétrico de Salkowsky. Se obtuvieron 9 aislamientos tentativos de Azotobacter sp. y 4 de Azospirillum sp. Se presentaron diferencias significativas en la prueba de reducción de acetileno con las cepas presuntivas de Azotobacter sp.: NAT 9 (206.43 nmol C2H2 mL-1.h-1, NAT 4, (292.77 nmol C2H2 mL-1.h-1, y NAT 6 (460.60 nmol C2H2 mL-1.h-1 y en la producción de índoles de las cepas NAT 19 (19.87 μg.mL-1 y NAT 13 (20.08 μg.mL-1. Por su eficiencia in vitro en la promoción de crecimiento vegetal se seleccionaron las cepas NAT9, NAT4, NAT6, NAT19 y NAT13 para ser evaluadas como principio activo en futuros inoculantes para el algodón en esta zona del departamento del Tolima. Palabras clave: fijación biológica de nitrógeno; producción de índoles; promoción del crecimiento

  17. LA BIOFERTILIZACIÓN CON RIZOBACTERIAS Y HONGOS MICORRÍZICOS ARBUSCULARES EN LA PRODUCCIÓN DE POSTURAS DE TOMATE (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. Y CEBOLLA (Allium cepa L.. I. CRECIMIENTO VEGETATIVO

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    L. E. Pulido

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available En áreas experimentales de la Universidad de Ciego de Ávila, sobre un suelo Ferralítico Rojo compactado eútrico y durante dos campañas hortícolas sucesivas, se estudió el efecto de la inoculación, simple y combinada, mediante recubrimiento de las semillas y prescindiendo de la fertilización mineral, con cuatro y cinco especies, respectivamente, de rizobacterias promotoras del crecimiento vegetal -RPCV- (Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter chroococcum, Burkholderia cepacia y Pseudomonas fluorescens y de hongos micorrízicos arbusculares -HMA- (Glomus clarum, G. fasciculatum, G. mosseae, G. agregatum y G. versiculiferum, sobre algunos indicadores del crecimiento de posturas de tomate y cebolla, tomando como criterio de evaluación la altura y la longitud radical de las plántulas. Los resultados mostraron que, para el tomate, la inoculación con Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter chroococcum y Burkholderia cepacia permitió obtener posturas de calidad equivalente a la alcanzada con la fertilización mineral, mientras que para la cebolla, solo Azospirillum brasilense y Azotobacter chroococcum lograron que las posturas tuvieran dicha calidad. En relación con la inoculación con HMA, las especies Glomus clarum, G. fasciculatum y G. mosseae, para ambos cultivos, produjeron posturas con valores de altura y longitud radical considerados óptimos. Con las coinoculaciones de RPCV + HMA se lograron posturas de calidad superior a la alcanzada con las mejores variantes de inoculación simple, destacándose las combinaciones de G. clarum y G. fasciculatum con A. brasilense para el tomate y de G. clarum y G. fasciculatum con A. chroococcum para la cebolla.

  18. Selection of rhizosphere local microbial as bioactive inoculant based on irradiated compost

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    One of the main components of carrier based on irradiation compost for bio organic fertilizer is a potential microbial isolates role in nutrient supply and growth hormone. This research was conducted to obtain microbial isolates from plant root zone (rhizosphere), further isolation and selection in order to obtain potential isolates capable of nitrogen fixation (N2), resulting in growth hormone (Indole Acetic Acid), and phosphate solubilizing. Selected potential isolates used as bioactive microbial inoculants formulation in irradiation compost based. Forty eight (48) rhizosphere samples were collected from different areas of West and Central Java. One hundred sixteen (116) isolates have been characterized for their morphological, cultural, staining and biochemical characteristics. Isolates have been selected for further screening of PGPR traits. Parameters assessed were Indole Acetic Acid (IAA) content analysis with colorimetric methods, dinitrogen fixation using gas chromatography, phosphate solubility test qualitatively (in the media pikovskaya) and quantitative assay of dissolved phosphate (spectrophotometry). Evaluation of the ability of selected isolates on the growth of corn plants were done in pots. The isolates will be used as inoculant consortium base on compost irradiation. The selection obtained eight (8) bacterial isolates identified as Bacillus circulans (3 isolates), Bacillus stearothermophilus (1 isolate), Azotobacter sp (3 isolates), Pseudomonas diminuta (1 isolate). The highest phosphate released (91,21 mg/l) was by BD2 isolate (Bacillus circulan) with a holo zone size (1.32 cm) on Pikovskaya agar medium. Isolate of Pseudomonas diminuta (KACI) was capable to produce the highest IAA hormone (74.34 μg/ml). The highest nitrogen (N2) fixation activity was shown by Azotobacter sp isolates (KDB2) at a rate of 235.05 nmol/hour. The viability test showed that all selected isolates in compost irradiation carrier slightly decreased after 3 months of storage

  19. Bio fertilization of Cereal and Legume Crops for Increasing Soil available P Uptake Using Nuclear Technique

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    Application of N and P in uncommon sources such as N2-fixers and AM fungi considered as an important source to save money and reduce pollution. In this concern, two pot experiments were carried out in sandy soils, to study the role of these neutral organisms in increasing the fertility of sandy soil. Wheat and faba bean were used. Seeds of wheat or faba bean were inoculated with Azotobacter or Rhizobium and planted in soils inoculated with and without AM fungi. A 20 mg P/kg soil in the form of single super phosphate (15.5 % P2O5) or rock-P (26.6% P2O5) were applied in the first experiment while KH2PO4 was added in the second one. Dry weight, spore number, root infection, total and specific P were also determined. Maximum shoot growth were gained when either, wheat or faba bean inoculated with mycorrhizae and N2-fixers relative to the control. it was reached to 54 and 73%, respectively. Phosphorus uptake for shoots of both wheat and faba bean had been significantly increased upon inoculating with AM and/or Azotobacter or Rhizobium. Addition of fertilizer P help to identify the P uptake from soil or fertilizer. Mycorrhizal plants induced significant increase in Pdff by about 39 and 27% over inoculated with Azotobacter for wheat and Rhizobium for faba bean and it reached to 95 and 79% when inoculated with combined inoculation. This may be due to AM fungi absorb more available P than do nonmycorrhizal roots. FUE was increased from about 5 to 10% for wheat; 6 to 19% for faba bean. It can be concluded that, bio fertilizers can increase crop production and soil fertility. Rock-P might be recommended as a source of P fertilizer to be applied with AM fungi. (Authors)

  20. Stage-specific requirement for Isa1 and Isa2 proteins in the mitochondrion of Trypanosoma brucei and heterologous rescue by human and Blastocystis orthologues

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    Long, Shaojun; Changmai, Piya; Tsaousis, A.D.; Skalický, Tomáš; Verner, Zdeněk; Wen, Yan-Zi; Roger, A. J.; Lukeš, Julius

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 81, č. 6 (2011), 1403-1418. ISSN 0950-382X R&D Projects: GA ČR GA204/09/1667; GA MŠk LC07032; GA MŠk 2B06129 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60220518 Keywords : IRON-SULFUR CLUSTER * ESCHERICHIA-COLI * ASSEMBLY PROTEIN * SACCHAROMYCES-CEREVISIAE * AZOTOBACTER-VINELANDII * CYSTEINE DESULFURASE * CRYSTAL-STRUCTURE * BINDING ACTIVITY * GENE-CLUSTER Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 5.010, year: 2011

  1. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U15917-1 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available AATAAATAAATAAATAAT Gap gap included Contig length 2208 Chromosome number (1..6, M) - Chromosome length - Start...od and nucleic acids for pharmacogenomic meth... 36 0.97 2 ( AX348470 ) Sequence 165... ) Lycopersicon esculentum 1-aminocyclopropane-1-car... 46 5.7 1 ( AC002411 ) Arabidopsis tha...sions: 13479111 Number of sequences better than 10.0: 603 Length of query: 2218 Length...id:none) Azotobacter vinelandii DJ, comp... 57 4e-06 BX950229_1526( BX950229 |pid:none) Methanococcus mar

  2. Structure of precursor bound NifEN: a nitrogenase FeMo cofactor maturase/insertase*

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    Kaiser, Jens T.; Hu, Yilin; Wiig, Jared A.; Rees, Douglas C.; Ribbe, Markus W.

    2011-01-01

    NifEN plays an essential role in the biosynthesis of the nitrogenase iron-molybdenum (FeMo) cofactor (M cluster). It is an α_2β_2 tetramer that is homologous to the catalytic molybdenum-iron (MoFe) protein (NifDK) component of nitrogenase. NifEN serves as a scaffold for the conversion of an iron-only precursor to a matured form of the M cluster before delivering the latter to its target location within NifDK. Here, we present the structure of the precursor-bound NifEN of Azotobacter vinelandi...

  3. nifV-dependent, low-molecular-weight factor required for in vitro synthesis of iron-molybdenum cofactor of nitrogenase.

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    Hoover, T R; Shah, V K; Roberts, G P; Ludden, P W

    1986-01-01

    The molybdate- and ATP-dependent in vitro synthesis of the iron-molybdenum cofactor of nitrogenase requires a low-molecular-weight factor. The factor is present in extracts of nitrogen fixation-derepressed cultures of Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii, but not in extracts of repressed cultures of these bacteria. Analysis of K. pneumoniae Nif mutants has indicated that the nifV gene product is the only nif protein (besides nifA) necessary for the synthesis and accumulation of th...

  4. In vitro synthesis of the iron-molybdenum cofactor of nitrogenase.

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    Shah, V K; Imperial, J; Ugalde, R A; Ludden, P W; Brill, W J

    1986-01-01

    Molybdate- and ATP-dependent in vitro synthesis of the iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) of nitrogenase requires the protein products of at least the nifB, nifN, and nifE genes. Extracts of FeMo-co-negative mutants of Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii with lesions in different genes can be complemented for FeMo-co synthesis. Both K. pneumoniae and A. vinelandii dinitrogenase (component I) deficient in FeMo-co can be activated by FeMo-co synthesized in vitro. Properties of the ...

  5. EXAFS and NRVS Reveal that NifB-co, a FeMo-co Precursor, Comprises a 6Fe Core with an Interstitial Light Atom

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    George, Simon J.; Igarashi, Robert Y.; Xiao, Yuming; Hernandez, Jose A.; Demuez, Marie; Zhao, Dehua; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Ludden, Paul W.; Rubio, Luis M.; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2008-01-01

    NifB-co, a Fe-S cluster produced by the enzyme NifB, is an intermediate on the biosynthetic pathway for the iron molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) of nitrogenase. We have used Fe K-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy together with 57Fe nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) to probe the structure of NifB-co while bound to the NifX protein from Azotobacter vinelandii. EXAFS analysis of the NifX:NifB-co complex yields Fe-S distances of 2.26 Å and Fe-Fe dist...

  6. Structural insights into a protein-bound iron-molybdenum cofactor precursor

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    Corbett, Mary C.; Hu, Yilin; Fay, Aaron W.; Ribbe, Markus W.; Hedman, Britt; Hodgson, Keith O.

    2006-01-01

    The iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMoco) of the nitrogenase MoFe protein is a highly complex metallocluster that provides the catalytically essential site for biological nitrogen fixation. FeMoco is assembled outside the MoFe protein in a stepwise process requiring several components, including NifB-co, an iron- and sulfur-containing FeMoco precursor, and NifEN, an intermediary assembly protein on which NifB-co is presumably converted to FeMoco. Through the comparison of Azotobacter vinelandii s...

  7. Identification of a nitrogenase FeMo cofactor precursor on NifEN complex

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    Hu, Yilin; Fay, Aaron W.; Ribbe, Markus W.

    2005-01-01

    The biosynthesis of the FeMo cofactor (FeMoco) of Azotobacter vinelandii nitrogenase presumably starts with the production of its Fe/S core by NifB (the nifB gene product). This core is subsequently processed on the α2β2 tetrameric NifEN complex (formed by the nifE and nifN gene products). In this article, we identify a NifEN-bound FeMoco precursor form that can be converted to fully assembled FeMoco in a so-called FeMoco-maturation assay containing only purified components. We also establish...

  8. Influence of PAS Domain Flanking Regions on Oligomerisation and Redox Signalling By NifL

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    Richard Little; Peter Slavny; Ray Dixon

    2012-01-01

    Per-ARNT-Sim (PAS) domains constitute a typically dimeric, conserved α/β tertiary fold of approximately 110 amino acids that perform signalling roles in diverse proteins from all kingdoms of life. The amino terminal PAS1 domain of NifL from Azotobacter vinelandii accommodates a redox-active FAD group; elevation of cytosolic oxygen concentrations result in FAD oxidation and a concomitant conformational re-arrangement that is relayed via a short downstream linker to a second PAS domain, PAS2. A...

  9. Cloning, characterization, and regulation of nifF from Rhodobacter capsulatus.

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    G. de Gennaro; Hübner, P.; Sandmeier, U; Yakunin, A. F.; Hallenbeck, P C

    1996-01-01

    The Rhodobacter capsulatus nifF gene and upstream sequence were cloned by using a probe based on the N-terminal sequence of NifF. nifF was found to not be contained in the previously described nif regions I, II, and III. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequence showed that it is highly similar to NifF from Azotobacter vinelandii and NifF from Klebsiella pneumoniae. Analysis of translational fusions demonstrated that the regulation of transcription was the same as previously reported at t...

  10. Genetic and structural analysis of the Rhizobium meliloti fixA, fixB, fixC, and fixX genes.

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    Earl, C D; Ronson, C W; Ausubel, F M

    1987-01-01

    The fixA, fixB, fixC, and fixX genes of Rhizobium meliloti 1021 constitute an operon and are required for nitrogen fixation in alfalfa nodules. DNA homologous to the R. meliloti fixABC genes is present in all other Rhizobium and Bradyrhizobium species examined, but fixABC-homologous sequences were found in only one free-living diazotroph, Azotobacter vinelandii. To determine whether the fixABCX genes share sequence homology with any of the 17 Klebsiella pneumoniae nif genes, we determined the...

  11. NifS-directed assembly of a transient [2Fe-2S] cluster within the NifU protein

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    Yuvaniyama, Pramvadee; Agar, Jeffrey N.; Cash, Valerie L.; Johnson, Michael K.; Dean, Dennis R.

    2000-01-01

    The NifS and NifU proteins from Azotobacter vinelandii are required for the full activation of nitrogenase. NifS is a homodimeric cysteine desulfurase that supplies the inorganic sulfide necessary for formation of the Fe-S clusters contained within the nitrogenase component proteins. NifU has been suggested to complement NifS either by mobilizing the Fe necessary for nitrogenase Fe-S cluster formation or by providing an intermediate Fe-S cluster assembly site. As isolated, the homodimeric Nif...

  12. Biosynthesis of Iron-Sulfur Clusters

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    Yuvaniyama, Pramvadee

    1999-01-01

    It is not known whether biosynthesis of [Fe-S] clusters occurs through a spontaneous self-assembly process or an enzymatic process. However, in the Azotobacter vinelandii nitrogenase system, it has been proposed that NifS and NifU are involved in the mobilization of sulfur and iron necessary for nitrogenase-specific [Fe-S] cluster assembly. The NifS protein has been shown to have cysteine desulfurase activity and can be used to supply sulfur for the in vitro catalytic formation of [Fe-S] cl...

  13. Requirement of NifX and Other nif Proteins for In Vitro Biosynthesis of the Iron-Molybdenum Cofactor of Nitrogenase

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    Shah, Vinod K.; Rangaraj, Priya; Chatterjee, Ranjini; Allen, Ronda M.; Roll, Jon T.; Roberts, Gary P.; Ludden, Paul W.

    1999-01-01

    The iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) of nitrogenase contains molybdenum, iron, sulfur, and homocitrate in a ratio of 1:7:9:1. In vitro synthesis of FeMo-co has been established, and the reaction requires an ATP-regenerating system, dithionite, molybdate, homocitrate, and at least NifB-co (the metabolic product of NifB), NifNE, and dinitrogenase reductase (NifH). The typical in vitro FeMo-co synthesis reaction involves mixing extracts from two different mutant strains of Azotobacter vineland...

  14. Products of the iron-molybdenum cofactor-specific biosynthetic genes, nifE and nifN, are structurally homologous to the products of the nitrogenase molybdenum-iron protein genes, nifD and nifK.

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    Brigle, K E; Weiss, M C; Newton, W E; Dean, D R

    1987-01-01

    The genes from Azotobacter vinelandii, which are homologous to the iron-molybdenum cofactor biosynthetic genes, nifE and nifN, from Klebsiella pneumoniae, have been cloned and sequenced. These genes comprise a single transcription unit and are located immediately downstream from the nitrogenase structural gene cluster (nifHDK). DNA sequence analysis has revealed that the products of the nifE and nifN genes contain considerable homology when compared with the nifD (MoFe protein alpha subunit) ...

  15. Eisen-Schwefel-Cluster-Biosynthese: Biochemische und kristallographische Untersuchung von NifS-ähnlichen Proteinen

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    Kaiser, Jens Thomas

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    Eisen-Schwefel-Cluster (Fe/S-Cluster) sind ubiquitäre co-Faktoren in vielen Proteinen, deren Funktion vom Elektronentransport über enzymatische Aktivität bis zur Genregulation reicht. Trotz ihrer universellen Bedeutung und der einfachen Dar-stellung von Modellverbindungen aus Fe(II), S2-, S8 und Thiolen ist der Biosynthese-weg dieser anorganischen Einheiten bis heute nicht geklärt. In Azotobacter wurde das Protein NifS beschrieben, welches für die Bildung des Fe/S-Cluster in Nitrogenase essen...

  16. Quantification of Nitrogen Reductase and Nitrite Reductase Genes in Soil of Thinned and Clear-Cut Douglas-Fir Stands by Using Real-Time PCR ▿ †

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    Levy-Booth, David J.; Winder, Richard S.

    2010-01-01

    The abundance of nifH, nirS, and nirK gene fragments involved in nitrogen (N) fixation and denitrification in thinned second-growth Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii subsp. menziesii [Mirb.] Franco) forest soil was investigated by using quantitative real-time PCR. Prokaryotic N cycling is an important aspect of N availability in forest soil. The abundance of universal nifH, Azotobacter sp.-specific nifH (nifH-g1), nirS, and nirK gene fragments in unthinned control and 30, 90, and 100% thinni...

  17. The Nifl PAS domain: Insight into its structure and function

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    Hefti, M.H.

    2003-01-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii is an aerobic soil-dwelling organism with a wide variety of metabolic capabilities which include the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen by converting it to ammonia. The biosynthesis of ammonia is controlled by 15 to 20 different nif gene products. The activation of nif gene expression by the regulatory enhancer binding protein NifA is controlled by the sensor flavoprotein NifL in response to changes in oxygen or nitrogen levels. NifL contains a PAS domain, which is an ...

  18. Roles of nifF and nifJ gene products in electron transport to nitrogenase in Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Hill, S.; Kavanagh, E P

    1980-01-01

    Crude extracts of the wild-type Klebsiella pneumoniae reduced C2H2 with either pyruvate or formate as reductant (specific activity, 3 nmol min-1 mg of protein-1), whereas crude extracts of nifF mutant were almost inactive (specific activity, 0.05). However, activity in the latter extracts was stimulated by adding Azotobacter chroococcum flavodoxin (specific activity, 10). Thus, nifF mutants may lack an electron transport factor. Crude extracts of nifJ mutants had about 20% of the wild-type le...

  19. Identification and functional characterization of NifA variants that are independent of GlnB activation in the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum

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    Zou, Xiaoxiao; Zhu, Yu; Pohlmann, Edward L.; Li, Jilun; Zhang, Yaoping; Roberts, Gary P.

    2008-01-01

    The activity of NifA, the transcriptional activator of the nitrogen fixation (nif) gene, is tightly regulated in response to ammonium and oxygen. However, the mechanisms for the regulation of NifA activity are quite different among various nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Unlike the well-studied NifL–NifA regulatory systems in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii, in Rhodospirillum rubrum NifA is activated by a direct protein–protein interaction with the uridylylated form of GlnB, which ...

  20. EFFECT OF INTEGRATED NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ON VEGETATIVE GROWTH AND YIELD OF TRANSPLANTED HYBRID RICE (ORYZA SATIVA L. CROP

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    Full Text Available The integrated use of organic and inorganic sources of plant nutrients can help in sustainable and environmentally sound nutrient management of soils that are low in organic matter. A study was conducted  during 2009- 10 & 2010-11, on sandy loam soils, low in organic carbon, medium in available phosphorus and potash with pH of 7.5 at Agricultural Research Farm of C.C.R.(P.G. College, Muzaffarnagar U.P. India, to investigate the comparative use of  integrated nutrient management on vegetative growth and yield of hybrid rice. The experiment was laid out with fifteen treatments in a RBD. The treatments were; Control (T1, NPK 100% RDF (T2, NPK 75% RDF (T3, NPK 50% RDF + FYM @ 10 tons  ha-1 (T4, NPK 50% RDF + FYM @15 tons ha-1 (T5, NPK 50% RDF + wheat cut straw @10 tons ha-1 (T6, NPK 50% RDF + wheat cut straw @15 tons ha-1 (T7, NPK 50% RDF + Neem cake @ 2.5 tones ha-1 (T8, NPK 50% RDF + Neem cake @ 5 tones ha-1 (T9, NPK 50% RDF + Vermicompost @ 2.5 tons ha-1 (T10, NPK 50% RDF + Vermicompost @ 2.5 tons ha-1 +Azotobacter (T11, NPK 50% RDF + Vermicompost @ 2.5 tones ha-1 +PSB @ 5Kg ha-1 (T12, NPK 50% RDF + Vermicompost @ 2.5 tones ha-1 + Azospirillum (T13, NPK 50% RDF  + Azotobacter + Azospirillum + PSB @ 5 Kg ha-1(T14, and NPK 50% RDF + Neem cake @ 2.5 tones ha-1 +FYM @5 tons  ha-1 + Azotobacter+PSB @ 5Kg ha-1 (T15. The maximum grain yield (63 and 67 q per hectare during 2009 and 2010, respectively was obtained with the integration of NPK 50% RDF + Neem cake @2.5 tonnes ha-1 + FYM @5 tonnes ha-1+Azotobacter+PSB @ 5kg ha-1.

  1. Efekt inokulacije korijena korijenovim bakterijama za poticanje rasta (PGPR) na rast biljke, sadržaj alkaloida i nutrijenata kod biljke Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don.

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    Karthikeyan, Balathandayutham; Joe, Manoharan Melvin; Jaleel, Cheruth Abdul; Deiveekasundaram, Muthukumar

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    Testirani su učinci korijenovih bakterija za poticanje rasta, kao što su Azotobacter, Bacillus i Pseudomonas, zasebno ili u kombinaciji, na biljci Catharanthus roseus i to tijekom dviju godina (2005 i 2006). Kombinacije gorespomenutih PGPR sojeva značajno su povećale visinu biljaka, duljinu korijena, debljinu korijena i sadržaj alkaloida kod C. roseus u usporedbi s kontrolom. Uz to sadržaj svih nutrijenata (N, P, K, Ca i Mg) bio je značajno povišen u usporedbi s kontrolom. Maksimalni sadržaj ...

  2. New perspectives on bacterial ferredoxin evolution

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    George, D. G.; Hunt, L. T.; Yeh, L.-S. L.; Barker, W. C.

    1985-01-01

    Ferredoxins are low-molecular-weight, nonheme, iron proteins which function as electron carriers in a wide variety of electron transport chains. Howard et al. (1983) have suggested that the amino end of Azotobacter vinelandii ferredoxin shows a greater similarity to the carboxyl end of ferredoxin from Chromatium vinosum and that their half-chain sequences are homologous when the half-chains of either species are considered in inverse order. Examination of this proposition has made it necessary to reevaluate previous conclusions concerning the evolution of bacterial ferredoxin. Attention is given to the properties of the bacterial ferredoxin sequences, and the evolution of the bacterial ferredoxins.

  3. Application of microbiological fertilizers in viticulture: Grape yield and quality of wine cv. Riesling

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    Sivčev Branislava; Jović S.; Raičević Vera; Petrović A.; Lalević B.

    2005-01-01

    The recommended cultivars for top quality wines Riesling in the vineyards of Grocka is in full crop. It was grafted on Kober 5 BB stock and planted on the soil type cambysoil. The content of total nitrogen is 0.1-0.15%. Supply of easily available potassium varies between 12.3-15 mg/100g a.d.s.2, i.e. phosphorus 0.4-3.6 mg/100g a.d.s. in layer up to 40 cm. Microbiological fertilizer was used in the study - biological preparation prepared with mixed natural populations Azotobacter chroococcum, ...

  4. Iron-sulfur proteins: spin-coupling model for three-iron clusters.

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    Kent, T A; Huynh, B H; Münck, E

    1980-01-01

    Recent Mössbauer and EPR studies of two ferredoxins and of aconitase have given evidence for a three-iron cluster, probably of a [3Fe-3S] type. The studies of the oxidized EPR-active centers have shown that the three iron sites are characterized by significantly different magnetic hyperfine coupling constants. For the ferredoxin from Azotobacter vinelandii, for instance, we have observed A1 = -41 MHz, A2 = +18 MHz, and [A3] = 5 MHz. We demonstrate here that the magnetic properties of the clus...

  5. Survival of microorganisms in smectite clays - Implications for Martian exobiology

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    Moll, Deborah M.; Vestal, J. R.

    1992-01-01

    The survival of Baccillus subtilis, Azotobacter chroococcum, and the enteric bacteriophage MS2 has been examined in clays representing terrestrial (Wyoming type montmorillonite) and Martian (Fe3+ montmorillonite) soils exposed to terrestrial and Martian environmental conditions of temperature and atmospheric composition and pressure. An important finding is that MS2 survived simulated Mars conditions better than the terrestrial environment, probably owing to stabilization of the virus caused by the cold and dry conditions of the simulated Mars environment. This finding, the first published indication that viruses may be able to survive in Mars-type soils, may have important implications for future missions to Mars.

  6. Medio de cultivo utilizando residuos-sólidos para el crecimiento de una bacteria nativa con potencial biofertilizante

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    Cecilia Lara Mantilla; Liliana Pahola García Támara; Luis E. Oviedo Zumaqué

    2010-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se muestran los resultados obtenidos de la evaluación del crecimiento, desarrollo y viabilidad de una cepa bacteriana nativa Azotobacter A15M2G con potencial biofertilizante, sobre un medio de cultivo preparado con residuos sólidos vegetales procedentes del mercado: Brassica Oleracea (repollo), Lactusa sativa (lechuga) y Allium fistulosum (cebollín). El crecimiento de la bacteria en el medio de residuo vegetal a diferentes concentraciones: 25, 50 y 75% p/v fue evaluado,...

  7. Characterization of a globin-coupled oxygen sensor with a gene-regulating function

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    Thijs, L.; Vinck, E.; Bolli, A.; Trandafir, F.; Wan, X.; Hoogewijs, D.; Coletta, M.; Fago, Angela; Weber, Roy E.; Doorslaer, S. van; Ascenzi, P.; Alam, M.; Moens, L.; Dewilde, S.

    2007-01-01

    Globin-coupled sensors (GCSs) are multiple-domain transducers, consisting of a regulatory globin-like heme-binding domain and a linked transducer domain(s). GCSs have been described in both Archaea and bacteria. They are generally assumed to bind O2 (and perhaps other gaseous ligands) and to...... transmit a conformational change signal through the transducer domain in response to fluctuating O2 levels. In this study, the heme-binding domain, AvGReg178, and the full protein, AvGReg of the Azotobacter vinelandii GCS, were cloned, expressed, and purified. After purification, the heme iron of AvGReg178...

  8. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U14054-1 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available ple... 95 2e-18 CP000542_4658( CP000542 |pid:none) Verminephrobacter eiseniae EF01... 95 2e-18 CP00...) Francisella philomiragia subsp.... 87 4e-16 CP000821_1020( CP000821 |pid:none) Shewanella sedimin...lla pealeana ATCC 700345... 91 3e-17 CP001157_346( CP001157 |pid:none) Azotobacter vinelandii DJ, compl......p... 88 3e-16 BX571864_63( BX571864 |pid:none) Photorhabdus luminescens subsp. l....00030_3104( BA000030 |pid:none) Streptomyces avermitilis MA-468... 86 8e-16 CP000680_3701( CP000680 |pid:none) Pseudomonas mendocin

  9. DETECCIÓN DE BACTERIAS BENÉFICAS EN SUELO CON BANANO (Musa AAA Simmonds) cultivar 'Gran enano' Y SU POTENCIAL PARA INTEGRAR UN BIOFERTILIZANTE

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    Y Córdova-Bautista; MC Rivera-Cruz; R Ferrera-Cerrato; JJ Obrador-Olán; V Córdova-Ávalos

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    Se determinaron las densidades de bacterias totales fijadoras de N de vida libre en suelo hasta 110 cm de profundidad y en suelo rizosférico de la planta de banano establecido en un Fluvisol éutrico. Se colectaron muestras de suelo en los seis horizontes del perfil y en 30 puntos de muestreo rizosférico (0-10 cm de profundidad) distribuidos en forma aleatoria en 10 000 m2. Las poblaciones de Azospirillum y Azotobacter se aislaron hasta profundidades de 59 y 110 cm, respectivamente. Los gremio...

  10. Characterization of N/sub 2/-fixing bacteria and their role in plant growth under humic acid treatment

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    Diazo trophic bacteria isolated from rice belonged to the six genera i.e. Pseudomonas, Azospirillum, Azotobacter, Xanthobacter, Flavobacterium and Zoogloea. During reinoculation studies it was observed that the rice roots grow well under humic acid treatment. The maximum root length 49.5 cm, was recorded at 10 ppm in plants inoculated with Azospirillum strain K-1. The total plant dry weight increase was also observed with the same organism at the similar humic acid concentration. In wheat the bacterial inoculation or humic acid treatment separately increased the dry weight of plant, however the humic acid treatment followed by inoculation of bacteria always cause decrease in total dry weight of plants. (author)

  11. Effect of microwave irradiation on alfalfa seeds germination and nitrogenase activity of endophytic diazotrophs in seeds

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    Various microwave powers were used to irradiate alfalfa seeds with various time to study the effect of microwave irradiation on nitrogenase activity of endogenous azotobacter and germination of seeds. Germination rate, germination speed and nitrogenase activity of pure cultures that derived from seed-carried azotobacter were tested. The results indicate that : 800 W, 20 s and 500 W, 40 s are found with highest germination rate on the 1st day, which is 122% and 88.9% times higher than the control group (Pth day is 29.8% and 41.9% times longer than the control group, and more sensitive nitrogenase activity is found on condition of various time than various powers. Short time treatments on condition of the two irradiation powers can increase nitrogenase activity conspicuously, and the treatments that treated more than 32 s make nitrogenase activity lower than the control group, conspicuously. Nitrogenase activity is found 104.9% times higher than the control group on condition of 24 s. (authors)

  12. Characterization of diazotrophic bacteria non-symbiotic associated with eucalyptus (eucalyptus sp.) in Codazzi, Cesar (Colombia)

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    The effect of climatic seasons (rainy and dry) and the stratum sample (rhizospheric soil, roots and leaves) the population of the genera Azotobacter, Beijerinckia, Derxia, Azospirillum, Herbaspirillum, Gluconacetobacter and Burkholderia in soil rhizosphere, roots and leaves of eucalyptus (eucalyptus sp.). It also assesses their ability to produce indoles compounds as plant growth promoters and their acetylene reduction activity as an indicator of biological fixation of nitrogen. The results showed no statistically significant differences in the Duncan test (p ≤ 0.05) in the population with respect to the climate epoch, suggesting that these bacteria are able to tolerate stress conditions by different physiological mechanisms. With respect to the stratum sample isolates attempts of Herbaspirillum sp. and Azospirillum sp. significant differences in rhizospheric soil and roots. we obtained 44 isolates of which were grouped by phenotypic characterization as 14 suspected of Beijerinckia sp., 12 Azotobacter sp., 8 Derxia sp., 4 Herbaspirillum sp., 5 Azospirillum sp., 1 Gluconacetobacter sp. and 1 Burkholderia sp. due to their high potential were selected isolates C27, C26 and C25. These four strains present the best values of efficiency in vitro, exceeding production values of the reference strains used (A. chroococcum (AC1) and a. brasilense (SP7)).

  13. Application of microbiological fertilizers in viticulture: Grape yield and quality of wine cv. Riesling

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    Sivčev Branislava

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The recommended cultivars for top quality wines Riesling in the vineyards of Grocka is in full crop. It was grafted on Kober 5 BB stock and planted on the soil type cambysoil. The content of total nitrogen is 0.1-0.15%. Supply of easily available potassium varies between 12.3-15 mg/100g a.d.s.2, i.e. phosphorus 0.4-3.6 mg/100g a.d.s. in layer up to 40 cm. Microbiological fertilizer was used in the study - biological preparation prepared with mixed natural populations Azotobacter chroococcum, Bacillus megaterium and Bacillus circulons. The space in row is idle land and the space between rows was sown each year (March-April with a mixture of field pea and barley and ploughed in the inflorescence phase of legumes. Grape yield varied between 8772-6804 kg/ha. Microbiological fertilizer with Azotobacter had the highest yield and the control treatment had the lowest yield, where only grass mixture was sown. Extremely dry climatic conditions in the trial period caused the grape yield in cv. Riesling to be extremely low. In combination of fertilizers Bacillus megaterium + Bacillus circulons wine with the most ethanol, extracts and polyphenols was obtained. The wine obtained from the control treatment had a typical taste.

  14. Population of bacteria from soil in Tudu-Aog village, Passi district, Bolaang Mongondow, North Sulawesi

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    RIANI HARDININGSIH

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available An experiment was conducted in order to know the population of bacteria from soil in Tudu-Aog village, Passi district, Bolaang Mongondow, North Sulawesi, the purpose of the research was to study the population of bacteria from soil. Fourthy six soil samples were taken from two location, namelyTudu-Aog village and Bugis mountain. Isolation was done by dilution methods on YEMA medium (for Rhizobium bacteria, Winogradsky’s (for Azotobacter bacteria, Pycosvkaya (for Phosphat Solubilizing Bacteria, and selective Difco Pseudomonas (for Pseudomonas bacteria. Incubation at room temperature (27-280C until 15 days, and the enumeration with plate count method. The highest enumeration of Rhizobium bacteria with plant rhizosphere of Alocasia esculenta (27x105 CFU/g soil, Theobroma cacao (29x105 CFU/g soil,and Euphorbia paniculata (26x105 CFU/g soil, Azotobacter bacteria with plant rhizosphere of Lycopersicum esculantum (38x105 CFU/g soil, Eugenia aromaticum (43x105 CFU/g soil, Andropogon sp. (34x105 CFU/g soil, Phosphat Solubilizing bacteria with plant rhizosphere of Sechium edule (27x105 CFU/g soil, Cinnamomum sp. (48x105 CFU/g soil, Cyathea sp. (72x105 CFU/g soil, and Pseudomonas bacteria with plant rhizosphere of Oryza sativa (18x105 CFU/g soil, Vanilla sp. (12x105 CFU/g soil, dan Saurauia sp.(19x105 CFU/g soil.

  15. Agriculture Applications for Some Gamma Irradiated Bacterial Strains

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    GAMMA Radiation has many peaceful applications in different fields including agriculture. In this study, gamma radiation is used to enhance the activity of eight microbial strains, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter vinelandii, Bacillus megaterium ATCC 19213, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6051T, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, Cellulomonas fimi ATCC 484, Micrococcus luteus ATCC 9341 and Pseudomonas fluorescens subsp. Cellulosa that are used intensively in agricultural practices in Egypt. Nitrogen fixing activity of A. chroococcum and A. vinelandii was decreased with increasing gamma irradiation doses. Irradiation doses equals 1 and 1.5 kGy enhanced phosphatase activity of B. megaterium ATCC 19213 and B. subtilis ATCC 6633 by nearly three and two folds respectively. HPLC analysis showed qualitative and quantitative changes in organic acid profile of phosphate-solubilising bacteria after irradiation. Gamma radiation has a significant positive effect on cellulolytic activity of Cellulomonas fimi ATCC 484, Pseudomonas fluorescens subsp. Cellulosa, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6051T and Micrococcus luteus ATCC 9341 in bench scale experiment. By applying cellulose decomposer mixture to common compost used in Lower Egypt, there is a slight difference between compost treated with irradiated mixture and un-irradiated one. A field experiment was conducted to estimate the effect of irradiated phosphate-solubilising bacteria on planted maize.

  16. Radiotracer study on phosphorus utilization as influenced by bacterial seed inoculation, farmyard manure and nitrogen fertilization in Triticum aestivum grown on Typic ustifluvents (saline phase)

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    A field experiment was carried out in micro-plots using 32P labelled superphosphate with varying levels of nitrogen (0, 60, 80 and 120 kg ha-1). farmyard manure (0 and 20 t ha-l) and bio fertilizers (Azospirillum, Azotobacter and no inoculation). Results revealed that the application of P either alone or with FYM in the presence of increasing levels of nitrogen as well as different sources of bio-fertilizers enhanced grain and straw yield as well as total P uptake. Seed inoculated with bio fertilizers or individual application of N also enhanced the yield, total P uptake and fertilizer P utilization. On the contrary, radiochemical analysis showed some depletion in per cent phosphorus derived from fertilizer (% Pdff) when FYM was applied in association with P. However, inoculation of seeds with bio fertilizers enhanced it. P utilization on the other hand, increased considerably in presence of N, P and FYM particularly when seeds were inoculated with both the inoculants. Moreover, yield and utilization of P was higher in favour of Azotobacter compared to Azospirillum. (author)

  17. Biodiversity of Soil Microbes from Rhizosphere at Wamena Biological Garden (WBiG, Jayawijaya, Papua

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The isolation, identification and population of soil microbes from rizosphere at WBiG had been done in the Soil Laboratories Microbiology, Microbiology Division, Research Center of Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI, Bogor. The soil was collected randomly from 16 sites in WBiG, and taken from 0-15 cm depth. Isolates of microbes were identified by Bergeys manual method for bacteria; Ellis method for fungi, and the morphology of isolate method for Actinomycetes. The population of microbes was estimated by plate count method. The result of isolation, identification and population soil microbes from 16 samples in WBiG showed that 20 isolates of bacteria (Azotobacter sp., Accinetobacter sp. , Bacillus sp., Citrobacter sp., Flavobacterium sp., Klebsiella sp., Nitrosomonas sp., Pseudomonas sp., Rhizobium sp., Thiobacillus sp., Azospirillum sp., Azotobacter chrococcum, Bacillus panthothenticus, Chromobacterium violaceum, C.lividum, Escherrrichia coli, Flavobacterium breve, Klebsiella aerogenes, Spaerotillus natans, and Staphylococcus epidermidis; nine isolates of fungi (Aspergillus niger, Bisporomyces, Monilia sp., Cephalospharium sp., Verticillum sp., Giocladium sp., Penicillium sp., Nelicocephalum sp., and Cuninghamella sp., and seven isolates of Actinomycetes (Streptomyces, Streptosporangium, Nocardia, Thermomonospora, Thermoactinomyces, Micromonospora, Mycobacterium. The population of Bacillus (108-109, Rhizobium (106-107, Azospirillum (106-107, and Thiobacillus (104 -109 were founded all of soil samples.

  18. Two distinct ferredoxins from Rhodobacter capsulatus: complete amino acid sequences and molecular evolution.

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    Saeki, K; Suetsugu, Y; Yao, Y; Horio, T; Marrs, B L; Matsubara, H

    1990-09-01

    Two distinct ferredoxins were purified from Rhodobacter capsulatus SB1003. Their complete amino acid sequences were determined by a combination of protease digestion, BrCN cleavage and Edman degradation. Ferredoxins I and II were composed of 64 and 111 amino acids, respectively, with molecular weights of 6,728 and 12,549 excluding iron and sulfur atoms. Both contained two Cys clusters in their amino acid sequences. The first cluster of ferredoxin I and the second cluster of ferredoxin II had a sequence, CxxCxxCxxxCP, in common with the ferredoxins found in Clostridia. The second cluster of ferredoxin I had a sequence, CxxCxxxxxxxxCxxxCM, with extra amino acids between the second and third Cys, which has been reported for other photosynthetic bacterial ferredoxins and putative ferredoxins (nif-gene products) from nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and with a unique occurrence of Met. The first cluster of ferredoxin II had a CxxCxxxxCxxxCP sequence, with two additional amino acids between the second and third Cys, a characteristics feature of Azotobacter-[3Fe-4S] [4Fe-4S]-ferredoxin. Ferredoxin II was also similar to Azotobacter-type ferredoxins with an extended carboxyl (C-) terminal sequence compared to the common Clostridium-type. The evolutionary relationship of the two together with a putative one recently found to be encoded in nifENXQ region in this bacterium [Moreno-Vivian et al. (1989) J. Bacteriol. 171, 2591-2598] is discussed. PMID:2277040

  19. Increased root exudation of /sup 14/C-compounds by sorghum seedlings inoculated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria

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    Lee, K.J. (Institute of Forest Genetics, Suweon (Republic of Korea)); Gaskins, M.H. (Florida Univ., Gainesville (USA). Dept. of Agriculture)

    1982-01-01

    Organic components leaked from Sorghum bicolor seedlings ('root exudates') were examined by recovering /sup 14/C labelled compounds from root solutions of seedlings inoculated with Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter vinelandii or Klebsiella pneumoniae nif-. Up to 3.5% of the total /sup 14/C recovered from shoots, roots, and nutrient solutions was found in the root solutions. Inoculation with Azospirillum and Azotobacter increased the amounts of /sup 14/C and decreased the amounts of carbohydrates in the root solutions. When sucrose was added as a carbon source for the bacteria, the increase of /sup 14/C in the solutions did not occur. Quantities of /sup 14/C found in the root solutions were proportional to amounts of mineral nitrogen supplied to the plants. Bacterial growth also was proportional to nitrogen levels. When sorghum plants were grown in soil and labelled with /sup 14/CO/sub 2/, about 15% of the total /sup 14/C recovered within 48 hours exposure was found in soil leachates.

  20. Response of nitrogen, phosphorus and zinc efficiency of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum- graecum to combination of chemical and biological fertilizers in greenhouse culture

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    Full Text Available In order to investigate the effect of combination of chemical and biological fertilizers on dry matter, uptake and efficiency of nitrogen (N, phosphorus (P and zinc (Zn by fenugreek (Trigonella foenum- graecum, an experiment was conducted as randomized complete blocks design with three replications in the Research Greenhouse of Shahrekord University. Eight fertilizer treatments consisted of control (no fertilizer, urea fertilizer (UF, UF+ zinc sulfate (ZS, UF+ Azotobacter (Az, UF+ mycorrhiza (My, UF+ ZS+ Az, UF+ ZS+ My and UF+ ZS+ Az+ My. Results indicated that there was significant difference (P≤ 0.05 among different fertilizer treatments for agronomic efficiency of N, P and Zn. The highest agronomic efficiency of N, P and Zn (60, 96 and 198 g/g, respectively was achieved in UF+ZS+Az treatment. The highest P-uptake efficiency (18.7 % was observed in UF+My treatment and it had significant (P≤ 0.05 difference with other treatments, except UF+ZS treatment. The highest Zn physiologic efficiency was obtained in UF+ZS, which had no significant difference with UF+ ZS+ Az and UF+ ZS+ Az+ My. Maximum dry matter (292 g/m2 was produced in UF+ ZS+ Az treatment. In general, application of biofertilizers, especially Azotobacter, integrated with urea and zinc sulfate not only is effective in increasing dry matter, but also can increase productivity of fenugreek by increasing chemical fertilizers’ efficiency in greenhouse culture.

  1. 苹果树根际促生细菌种群分析%Analysis of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria population in apple rhizosphere soils

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    国辉; 毛志泉; 宋振; 张本峰; 仇念全; 刘训理

    2011-01-01

    Apple replant disease (ARD) is a complex syndrome of young apple trees in replanted orchards that causes death of fine feeder roots, stunted tree growth and low yield. Analyzing changes in the number and species of plant growth promoting rhizobacte-ria (PGPR) in perennial apple tree (PAT) and replanted young tree (RYT) fields could lay theoretical basis for understanding the interactions among ARD and rhizosphere microbes. In this study, rhizosphere soil samples were collected in PAT and RYT fields in Changli, Hebei Province. Rhizosphere bacteria of interest in the study included azotobacter, phosphate-dissolving bacteria, potas-sium-dissolving bacteria and antagonistic bacteria. While rhizosphere azotobacter, phosphobacteria, potassium-bacteria were cultivated by the selective media plate cultivation method, antagonistic bacteria (with antagonistic activity against Rhizoctonia solani or Fusarium camptoceras) were isolated using the in vitro screening technique. For soil samples from both fields, microbe species and population examined by colony-forming unit (CFU) count. Also BOX Polymerase Chain Reaction (BOX-PCR) was used to fingerprint the different PGPRs. Total rhizosphere bacteria, azotobacter, phosphate-dissolving bacteria, potassium-dissolving bacteria and antagonistic bacteria were more abundant in PAT than in RYT fields. In PAT fields, potassium-dissolving bacteria were the most abundant, followed by phosphate-dissolving bacteria and then azotobacter. Antagonistic bacteria were the least abundant. In RYT fields, phosphate-dissolving bacteria were the most abundant, followed by potassium-dissolving bacteria and then azotobacter. Antagonistic bacteria were also the least abundant. Based on BOX-PCR fingerprints cluster analysis of PGPR, there were over 1.2Sdissimilarities in both PAT and RYT fields. This somehow suggested close genetic evolutionary distance among the isolates. PGPR in PAT fields were divided into 79 clusters; including 18 azotobacter, 29

  2. Cyanobacterial inoculation elicits plant defense response and enhanced Zn mobilization in maize hybrids

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    Radha Prasanna

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation evaluated the effect of inoculating different cyanobacterial formulations on a set of hybrids of maize, in terms of plant defense enzyme activity, soil health parameters, Zn concentration, and yields. Microbial inoculation showed significant effects on accumulation of Zn in flag leaf, with A4 (Anabaena–Azotobacter biofilm recording the highest values. Analysis of variance (ANOVA indicated that both the hybrids and cyanobacterial treatments brought about significant variation in terms of glomalin-related soil proteins and polysaccharides in soil and the activity of defense enzymes in roots and shoots of the plants. Cyanobacterial inoculants—A4 (Anabaena–Azotobacter biofilm and A1 (Anabaena sp.–Providencia sp., CW1 + PW5 enhanced the activity of peroxidase, PAL and PPO in roots, which also showed a positive correlation with Zn concentration in the flag leaf. Grain yield ranged from 7.0 to 7.29 t/ha among the different inoculants. Comparative analyses of treatments showed that A3 (Anabaena–Trichoderma-biofilmed formulation and hybrid B8 (Bio-9681 were superior in terms of parameters investigated. This represents the first report on the genotypic responses of maize hybrids to cyanobacteria-based inoculants. Future research should focus on dissecting the role of root exudates and cyanobacteria-mediated Zn mobilization pathway in maize.

  3. The effect of use of nitrogen-fixators in forage pea production

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    Jokanović Svetlana

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Microorganisms are the most numerous group of living organisms in the pedosphere. They encompass bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa and lichens. Their numbers amount to several million per one gram of absolutely dry soil while their biomass amounts to 5-20 tons per hectare. The aims of this investigation were to examine the effect of application of root nodule bacteria (single strain, mixture of strains, microbiological fertilizer "Nitragin" on the total number of microorganisms, the numbers of fungi actinomycetes, azotobacters, free nitrogen-fixing bacteria and ammonifiers and the activity of dehydrogenase, as well as how the application of bacteria affects some parameters of nitrogen fixation (dry mater mass, percentage and content of nitrogen. In the variant with "Nitragin", the total number of microorganisms and the numbers of fungi, azotobacters and free N-fixing bacteria increased. The largest number of actino-myceles was found in the variant with the mixture of strains. The largest number of ammonifiers was found in the variant with the single strain. The dehydrogenase activity, dry mater mass, percentage and content of nitrogen were increased in the variants with the single strain and the mixture of strains.

  4. Role of bio-fertilizers in phosphorus utilization by wheat with various levels of N, P and FYM

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    An experiment was conducted at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi to study P utilization by wheat with various combinations of N, P, FYM and bio-fertilizers. The grain and straw yield of wheat increased with increasing levels of nitrogen along with P and FYM. The highest yield was obtained with 120 kg N + 60 kg P2O5 and 20 t FYM under no inoculation. However, it was highest with 80 kg N + 60 kg P2O5 + 20 t FYM under both the inoculation treatments. Almost similar trend was followed for the total P uptake. The values for per cent P derived from fertilizer (% Pdff) and P utilization were higher with 120 kg N + 60 kg P2O5 + 20 t FYM than the other treatments under no inoculation as well as Azospirillum inoculation. However, highest Pdff and P utilization were observed with 80 kg N + 60 kg P2O5 + 20 t FYM under the Azotobacter inoculation. The Azotobacter was superior to uninoculation and Azospirillum inoculation with respect to yield, total P uptake, percent Pdff and per cent P utilization by wheat. (author)

  5. INFLUENCIA DE DIFERENTES VARIANTES DE FERTILIZACIÓN EN EL CRECIMIENTO Y DESARROLLO DE POSTURAS DE Coffea canephora Pierre

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    A. Pérez

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    Full Text Available En áreas experimentales de la Estación Central de Investigaciones de Café y Cacao (ECICC, se desarrolló un experimento dirigido a evaluar la respuesta de Coffea canephora Pierre a la fertilización con hongos micorrízicos arbusculares (HMA, Azotobacter chroococcum y urea. La cepa de Azotobacter utilizada se aisló de la rizosfera del cafeto cultivado en suelo Pardo ócrico sin carbonatos. El inóculo se obtuvo en el medio DIMARGON y se aplicó con título de 1010UFC.mL-1. El inóculo micorrízico (Glomus fasciculatum, Glomus clarum provino del cepario del Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas; se utilizó además un concentrado de cepas nativas. Para la incoculación se utilizó una mezcla de propágulos de la micorrización del sorgo en suelo estéril que contenía hifas, raicillas y 40 esporas/g suelo. Se empleó un diseño de bloques al azar con 12 tratamientos y tres réplicas, realizándose a los seis meses de plantados los esquejes, las evaluaciones de altura (cm, diámetro del tallo (cm, área foliar (cm2, masa seca total (g, extracción de nutrientes (mg y se determinó además el porcentaje de colonización micorrízica. Se obtuvo una respuesta positiva de Coffea canephora a la inoculación con Azotobacter y HMA. El efecto positivo de las micorrizas dependió de las cepas utilizadas. Se reafirmó la utilización de la cepa certificada Glomus fasciculatum para la inoculación del cafeto en suelo Pardo. No se encontró respuesta positiva de la aplicación de urea foliar en el desarrollo de las posturas de Coffea canephora. La respuesta a la coinoculación dependió de ella y es factible cuando se utiliza el potencial de inóculo natural del suelo, lo que se expresa en el aumento de la absorción P. Con la cepa Glomus clarum la aplicación de Azotobacter deprimió o no causó efecto en la morfología de los esquejes, mientras que con Glomus fasciculatum aumentó la absorción de P. El concentrado de cepas nativas no debe aplicarse

  6. Bacterias fijadoras asimbióticas de nitrógeno de la zona agrícola de San Carlos. Córdoba, Colombia

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    Lara Mantilla Cecilia

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Se aislaron bacterias diazotróficas de los géneros Azotobacter sp y Azospirrillum sp a partir de la rizosfera de cultivos de plátano, pastos, maíz y de rastrojos (zonas sin cultivar en el municipio de San Carlos (Valle del Sinú medio en el departamento de Córdoba, Colombia. Las poblaciones microbianas se identificaron mediante pruebas bioquímicas y observación macroscópica y microscópica con tinción de Gram en diferentes medios de cultivo: a Burk´s, Asbhy y Jensen´s, (género Azotobacter sp, y b Burk´s, nfb y rojo congo (género Azospirillum sp. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue determinar la producción del ión amonio a partir de los géneros bacterianos aislados; la cuantificación del ión amonio fue llevada a cabo por el método colorimétrico de Berthelot (fenol-hipoclorito empleando un espectrofotómetro Perkin-Elmer Lamba 11 uv-Vis; la técnica fue modificada y estandarizada de acuerdo con las condiciones del equipo. Como resultado se obtuvieron 14 aislados que produjeron concentraciones de 0,9 hasta 5,2 mg/l, siendo los más destacados para el género Azotobacter sp, A16PG y A26M1P (5,1545 y 5,1743 mg/l de amonio, respectivamente, y para el género Azospirrillum spp, A5M1G (4,6741 mg/l de amonio. La fijación biológica del nitrógeno (fbn por bacterias diazotróficas ha contribuido a incrementar el rendimiento en las cosechas, reduciendo la necesidad de fertilizantes nitrogenados y la emisión de gases tóxicos como el N2O, obteniendo beneficios económicos y ambientales en las granjas.

  7. Antibacterial activity of curcuma long varieties against different strains of bacteria

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    Crude extracts of curcuminoids and essential oil of Curcuma long varieties Kasur, Faisalabad and Bannu were studied for their antibacterial activity against 4 bacterial strains viz., Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus macerans, Bacillus licheniformis and Azotobacter using agar well diffusion method. Solvents used to determine antibacterial activity were ethanol and methanol. Ethanol was used for the extraction of curcuminoids. Essential oil was extracted by hydrodistillation and diluted in methanol by serial dilution method. Both Curcuminoids and oil showed zone of inhibition against all tested strains of bacteria. Among all the three turmeric varieties, Kasur variety had the most inhibitory effect on the growth of all bacterial strains tested as compared to Faisalabad and Bannu varieties. Among all the bacterial strains B. subtilis was the most sensitive to turmeric extracts of curcuminoids and oil. The MIC value for different strains and varieties ranged from 3.0 to 20.6 mm in diameter. (author)

  8. [Physiological and biochemical activity of bacteria during germination of cucumber seeds and impact of ciliates Colpoda steinii on this process].

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    Chobotarova, V V; Bega, Z T; Kurdish, I K

    2015-01-01

    It is shown that the bacteria Bacillus subtilis B-7023 IMV produce indole-3-acetic acid and amino acids in the liquid medium Knoop. Processing cucumber seed suspension containing 10(7) cfu/ml as bacilli, and Azotobacter vinelandii IMV V-7076, resulted in a decrease in the length of the roots of plants. Reduction of bacterial load bacilli to 10(6) cfu/ml followed by reduction of indole-3-acetic acid in the medium, and to an increase in the length of roots, shoots and total plant mass. During the cultivation of Bacillus subtilis IMV V-7023 with ciliates Colpoda steinii reduced the amount of free forms of auxin in the medium to 5.5 times, and the related--to trace amounts. The content of histidine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, methionine and lysine significantly reduced. PMID:26036028

  9. BIO-DIAGNOSTICS OF RESISTANCE OF GREY FOREST SOILS OF ADYGEA TO POLLUTION WITH Zn, Cd, Mo, Se

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    Tatlok D. R.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The essential part of a soil cover of the Republic of Adygea is occupied by gray forest soils. Thus they still remain a little studied, including concerning their resistance to chemical pollution. Contamination of gray forest soils of Adygea with Zn, Cd, Mo, Se causes deterioration of their biological properties. In most cases, the degree of reduction of the values of biological indicators is directly dependent on the concentration of pollutant in the soil. According to the degree of toxicity to the biological properties of the investigated elements form the following sequence: Se > Zn > = Cd > Mo. Biological parameters investigated in research (activity of catalase and dehydrogenase, cellulolytic ability, abundance of bacteria of the genus Azotobacter, radish root length may be used for purposes of monitoring, diagnosis and regulation of chemical pollution of gray forest soils Zn, Cd, Mo, Se

  10. Isolation and Identification of Phosphate Solubilizing and Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria from Soil in Wamena Biological Garden, Jayawijaya, Papua

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    SRI WIDAWATI

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available A study was undertaken to investigate the occurrence of phosphate solubilizing bacteria (PSB and nitrogen-fixing bacteria (NFB from soil samples of Wamena Biological Garden (WbiG. Eleven soil samples were collected randomly to estimate microbial population which used plate count method. The result showed that the microbial population ranged from 5.0x103-7.5x106 cells of bacteria/gram of soil and 5.0x103-1.5x107 cells of bacteria/gram of soil for PSB and NFB respectively. There were 17 isolates which have been identified till genus and species. The isolated microorganism were identified as PSB i.e. Bacillus sp., B. pantothenticus, B. megatherium, Flavobacterium sp., F. breve, Klebsiella sp., K. aerogenes, Chromobacterium lividum, Enterobacter alvei, E. agglomerans, Pseudomonas sp., Proteus sp. and as NFB i.e. Azotobacter sp., A. chroococcum, A. paspalii, Rhizobium sp., and Azospirillum sp.

  11. Synergistic effects of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in bioremediation of iron contaminated soils.

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    Mishra, Vartika; Gupta, Antriksh; Kaur, Parvinder; Singh, Simranjeet; Singh, Nasib; Gehlot, Praveen; Singh, Joginder

    2016-07-01

    Three Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) from Glomus, Acaulospora and Scutellospora, and four plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) isolates related to genera Streptomyces, Azotobacter, Pseudomonas and Paenibacillus were found to be effective in phytoremediation of Fe(3+) contaminated soil where Pennisetum glaucum and Sorghum bicolor were growing as host plants. Co-inoculation of AMF and PGPR showed better results in comparison to either, AMF and PGPR under pot conditions. Both AMF and PGPR were able to produce siderophores. AMF and PGPR associated to P. glaucum and S. bicolor plants increased the extent of iron absorption. AMF and PGPR combination exhibited superior (p < 0.01) phytoremediation efficiency with P. glaucum compared to S. bicolor. These findings warrant further investigations of these synergistic interactions and large-scale in situ studies for bioremediation of iron-contaminated soils. PMID:26682583

  12. Efecto de la biofertilización y los biorreguladores en la germinación y el crecimiento de Carica papaya L.

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    Maricela Constantino

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Título en inglés: Effect of biofertilization and bioregulators on germination and growth of Carica papaya L. Resumen Con el objetivo de incrementar y acelerar el proceso de germinación de las semillas y obtener una alta producción y homogeneidad de plántulas de Carica papaya variedad Maradol en vivero, se evaluó el efecto de tres biofertilizantes aplicados solos o en combinación (Azotobacter chroococcum, Azospirillum brasilense y Glomus intraradices, y un biorregulador del crecimiento vegetal, el ácido giberélico (AG3, en la germinación y el crecimiento vegetal. Se realizó un experimento bajo un diseño completamente al azar con ocho tratamientos y tres repeticiones. A las semillas se les aplicó un pretratamiento germinativo con alternancia de temperatura para superar la dormancia. Los tratamientos simples con A. chroococcum y A. brasilense, incrementaron el porcentaje de germinación a 90,28 y 88,89% respectivamente. Además, con la aplicación de los biofertilizantes y el AG3, la velocidad de germinación se incrementó y el tiempo medio de germinación se redujo. La doble aplicación en semillas y foliar de los biofertilizantes y el AG3 en plántulas mejoró el crecimiento vegetal. La población de A. chroococcum fue mayor cuando se inoculó en combinación con G. intraradices. La prevalencia de colonización de las plántulas inoculadas con G. intraradices varió de 18,53 a 26,67%, con el mayor valor registrado para el tratamiento combinado con A. brasilense. Finalmente, aplicando esta metodología se logró acelerar la germinación, obteniéndose una mayor homogeneidad en la emergencia de las plántulas, disminuyendo así el tiempo de permanencia en el vivero. Palabras clave: Azospirillum brasilense; Azotobacter chroococcum; Glomus intraradices; ácido giberélico; dormancia. Abstract In order to increase and accelerate the process of seed germination and obtain a high yield and homogeneity of papaya seedlings cv. Maradol in

  13. CARACTERIZACIÓN DE BACTERIAS DIAZOTRÓFICAS ASIMBIÓTICAS ASOCIADAS AL EUCALIPTO (Eucalyptussp. EN CODAZZI, CESAR (COLOMBIA Characterization of Diazotrophic Bacteria Non-Symbiotic Associated with Eucalyptus (Eucalyptussp. in Codazzi, Cesar (Colombia

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    DOLLY MELISSA OBANDO CASTELLANOS

    Full Text Available Se evaluó el efecto de las épocas climáticas (lluvia y sequía y del estrato de la muestra (suelo rizosférico, raíces y hojas sobre la población de los géneros Azotobacter, Beijerinckia, Derxia, Azospirillum, Herbaspirillum, Gluconacetobacter y Burkholderia en el Eucalipto (Eucalyptus sp.. Así mismo, se evalúo su capacidad en la producción de compuestos indólicos como promotores del crecimiento vegetal y su actividad de reducción de acetileno como indicador de la fijación biológica de nitrógeno. Los resultados no registraron diferencias estadísticas significativas en el test de Tukey (P ≤ 0.05 en la población con respecto a la época climática. Con respecto al estrato de muestra, los aislamientos tentativos de Herbaspirillum sp. y Azospirillum sp. presentaron diferencias significativas en suelo rizosférico y raíces. Se obtuvieron 44 aislamientos de los cuales se agruparon por caracterización fenotípica como: 14 presuntivos de Beijerinckia sp., 12 de Azotobacter sp., ocho de Derxia sp., cuatro de Herbarpirillum sp., cinco de Azospirillum sp., uno de Gluconacetobacter sp. y uno de Burkholderia sp. Por su alto potencial fueron seleccionados y criopreservados los aislamientos C27, C26 y C25, las cuales presentaron los mejores valores de eficiencia in vitro, superando valores de producción de las cepas de referencia utilizadas (A. chroococcum (AC1 y A. brasilense (SP7.The effect of climatic seasons (rainy and dry and the stratum sample (rhizospheric soil, roots and leaves the population of the genera Azotobacter, Beijerinckia, Derxia, Azospirillum, Herbaspirillum, Gluconacetobacter and Burkholderia in soil rhizosphere, roots and leaves of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus sp.. It also assesses their ability to produce indoles compounds as plant growth promoters and their acetylene reduction activity as an indicator of biological fixation of nitrogen. The results showed no statistically significant differences in the Duncan test (P ≤ 0

  14. Expression, Purification, Crystallization and Preliminary X-ray Analysis of Pseudomonas fluorescens AlgK

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    AlgK is an outer-membrane lipoprotein involved in the biosynthesis of alginate in Pseudomonads and Azotobacter vinelandii. A recombinant form of Pseudomonas fluorescens AlgK with a C-terminal polyhistidine affinity tag has been expressed and purified from the periplasm of Escherichia coli cells and diffraction-quality crystals of AlgK have been grown using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystals grow as flat plates with unit-cell parameters a = 79.09, b = 107.85, c = 119.15 (angstrom), = 96.97o. The crystals exhibit the symmetry of space group P21 and diffract to a minimum d-spacing of 2.5 (angstrom) at Station X29 of the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory. On the basis of the Matthews coefficient (VM = 2.53 (angstrom)3 Da-1), four protein molecules are estimated to be present in the asymmetric unit

  15. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U09417-1 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available 72 2e-11 BC034374_1( BC034374 |pid:none) Homo sapiens nicotinamide nucleoti... 72 2e-11 ( P91851 ) RecName: Full=Uncharact...eni... 42 0.96 3 ( AX336388 ) Sequence 6897 from Patent WO0194629. 42 0.96 3 ( U66059 ) Human germline T-cell receptor beta chain...06 CP000423_1595( CP000423 |pid:none) Lactobacillus casei ATCC 334, c... 52 1e-05 (A7Z6X8) RecName: Full=Probable nicotin...adenylyltr... 45 0.002 CR936503_1389( CR936503 |pid:none) Lactobacillus sakei strain 23K ... 45 0.002 AK123208_1( AK123208 |pid:none...te-nucleotide adenylyltr... 36 0.76 CP001157_813( CP001157 |pid:none) Azotobacter vinelandii DJ, compl... 36 0.76 (Q5KWX9) RecNam

  16. Assessment of free-living nitrogen fixing microorganisms for commercial nitrogen fixation

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    Stokes, B.O.; Wallace, C.J.

    1978-08-01

    Ammonia production by Klebsiella pneumoniae is not economical with present strains and improving nitrogen fixation to its theoretical limits in this organism is not sufficient to achieve economic viability. Because the value of both the hydrogen produced by this organism and the methane value of the carbon source required greatly exceed the value of the ammonia formed, ammonia (fixed nitrogen) should be considered the by-product. The production of hydrogen by Klebsiella or other anaerobic nitrogen fixers should receive additional study, because the activity of nitrogenase offers a significant improvement in hydrogen production. The production of fixed nitrogen in the form of cell mass by Azotobacter is also uneconomical and the methane value of the carbon substrate exceeds the value of the nitrogen fixed. Parametric studies indicate that as efficiencies approach the theoretical limits the economics may become competitive. The use of nif-derepressed microorganisms, particularly blue-green algae, may have significant potential for in situ fertilization in the environment.

  17. Assessment of free-living nitrogen fixing microorganisms for commercial nitrogen fixation. [economic analysis of ammonia production

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    Stokes, B. O.; Wallace, C. J.

    1978-01-01

    Ammonia production by Klebsiella pneumoniae is not economical with present strains and improving nitrogen fixation to its theoretical limits in this organism is not sufficient to achieve economic viability. Because the value of both the hydrogen produced by this organism and the methane value of the carbon source required greatly exceed the value of the ammonia formed, ammonia (fixed nitrogen) should be considered the by-product. The production of hydrogen by KLEBSIELLA or other anaerobic nitrogen fixers should receive additional study, because the activity of nitrogenase offers a significant improvement in hydrogen production. The production of fixed nitrogen in the form of cell mass by Azotobacter is also uneconomical and the methane value of the carbon substrate exceeds the value of the nitrogen fixed. Parametric studies indicate that as efficiencies approach the theoretical limits the economics may become competitive. The use of nif-derepressed microorganisms, particularly blue-green algae, may have significant potential for in situ fertilization in the environment.

  18. Cloning, characterization, and regulation of nifF from Rhodobacter capsulatus.

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    Gennaro, G; Hübner, P; Sandmeier, U; Yakunin, A F; Hallenbeck, P C

    1996-07-01

    The Rhodobacter capsulatus nifF gene and upstream sequence were cloned by using a probe based on the N-terminal sequence of NifF. nifF was found to not be contained in the previously described nif regions I, II, and III. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequence showed that it is highly similar to NifF from Azotobacter vinelandii and NifF from Klebsiella pneumoniae. Analysis of translational fusions demonstrated that the regulation of transcription was the same as previously reported at the protein level. Insertional mutagen esis showed that NifF contributes significantly to nitrogenase activity under normal nitrogen-fixing conditions and that it is absolutely required for nitrogen fixation under iron limitation. PMID:8682802

  19. Seasonal changes in microbial community structure and nutrients content in rhizospheric soil of Aegle marmelos tree

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    Full Text Available A preliminary investigation was carried out on dominance of different types of microbial communities at different monsoon seasons in rhizospheric soils of Aegle marmelos tree. Nutrients content of soil were also determined simultaneously to correlate with the microbial population. Results show that the rhizosphere of Aegle marmelos contains gram-negative bacteria, Rhizobium, Azotobacter,Actinomycetes and Yeast and major plant nutrients and their count as well as dominance changes with moisture content in rhizosphere.Except actinomycetes all the microorganisms were found highest duringmonsoon season whereas in post-monsoon season Actinomycetes were dominant. Amount of water in rhizosphere soil also affects soil chemical properties. Soil pH, organic carbon, C:N ratio, available nitrogen and available phosphorus were recorded maximum in monsoon, whereas electrical conductivity and total nitrogen content were found maximum in post-monsoon.

  20. Nitrogenase activity in cell-free extracts of the blue-green alga, Anabaena cylindrica.

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    Smith, R V; Evans, M C

    1971-03-01

    Cell-free extracts with high nitrogenase activity were prepared by sonic oscillation and French press treatment from the blue-gree alga Anabaena cylindrica. Extracts were prepared from cells grown on a 95% N(2)-5% CO(2) gas mixture followed by a period of nitrogen starvation under an atmosphere of 95% argon-5% CO(2). No increase in the specific activity of extracts was achieved by breaking heterocysts. Activity (assayed by acetylene reduction) was found to be dependent on adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an ATP-generating system, and a low-potential reductant. Na(2)S(2)O(2) employed as reductant supports higher rates of nitrogenase activity than reduced ferredoxin. The activity is associated with a small-particle fraction that can be sedimented by ultracentrifugation. In contrast to the particulate nitrogenase of Azotobacter, which is stable in air, the A. cylindrica nitrogenase is an oxygen sensitive as nitrogenase prepared from anaerobic bacteria. PMID:4994040

  1. Expression of a cytoplasmic transhydrogenase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae results in formation of 2-oxoglutarate due to depletion of the NADPH pool

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    Nissen, T.L.; Anderlund, M.; Nielsen, Jens;

    2001-01-01

    systems is made possible by expression of a cytoplasmic transhydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii. We therefore cloned sth, encoding this enzyme and expressed it under the control of a S, cerevisiae promoter in a strain derived from the industrial model strain S, cerevisiae CBS8066, Anaerobic batch...... cultivations in high-performance bioreactors were carried out in order to allow quantitative analysis of the effect of transhydrogenase expression on product formation and on the intracellular concentrations of NADH, NAD(+), NADPH and NADP(+). A specific transhydrogenase activity of 4.53 U/mg protein was...... measured in the extracts from the strain expressing the sth gene from A. vinelandii, while no transhydrogenase activity could be detected in control strains without the gene. Production of the transhydrogenase caused a significant increase in formation of glycerol and 2-oxoglutarate. Since NADPH is used to...

  2. The level of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity strongly influences xylose fermentation and inhibitor sensitivity in recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains

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    Jeppsson, M.; Johansson, B.; Jensen, Peter Ruhdal;

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    Disruption of the ZWF1 gene encoding glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) has been shown to reduce the xylitol yield and the xylose consumption in the xylose-utilizing recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain TMB3255. In the present investigation we have studied the influence of different...... consumption, respectively, compared with the ZWF1-disrupted strain. Both strains exhibited decreased xylitol yields (0.13 and 0.19 g/g xylose) and enhanced ethanol yields (0.36 and 0.34 g/g xylose) compared with the control strain TMB3001 (0.29 g xylitol/g xylose, 0.31 g ethanol/g xylose). Cytoplasmic...... transhydrogenase (TH) from Azotobacter vinelandii has previously been shown to transfer NADPH and NAD(+) into NADP(+) and NADH, and TH-overproduction resulted in lower xylitol yield and enhanced glycerol yield during xylose utilization. Strains with low G6PDH-activity grew slower in a lignocellulose hydrolysate...

  3. Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) of rubredoxin and MoFe protein crystals

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    Guo, Yisong [University of California, Department of Applied Science (United States); Brecht, Eric [Montana State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (United States); Aznavour, Kristen [University of Southern California, Department of Chemistry (United States); Nix, Jay C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Physical Biosciences Division (United States); Xiao, Yuming; Wang, Hongxin [University of California, Department of Applied Science (United States); George, Simon J. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Physical Biosciences Division (United States); Bau, Robert [University of Southern California, Department of Chemistry (United States); Keable, Stephen; Peters, John W. [Montana State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (United States); Adams, Michael W. W. [University of Georgia, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (United States); Jenney, Francis E. Jr. [Georgia Campus, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (United States); Sturhahn, Wolfgang; Alp, Ercan E.; Zhao, Jiyong [Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source (United States); Yoda, Yoshitaka [JASRI (Japan); Cramer, Stephen P., E-mail: spcramer@lbl.gov [University of California, Department of Applied Science (United States)

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    We have applied {sup 57}Fe nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) for the first time to study the dynamics of Fe centers in Iron-sulfur protein crystals, including oxidized wild type rubredoxin crystals from Pyrococcus furiosus, and the MoFe protein of nitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii. Thanks to the NRVS selection rule, selectively probed vibrational modes have been observed in both oriented rubredoxin and MoFe protein crystals. The NRVS work was complemented by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) measurements on oxidized wild type rubredoxin crystals from Pyrococcus furiosus. The EXAFS spectra revealed the Fe-S bond length difference in oxidized Pf Rd protein, which is qualitatively consistent with the crystal structure.

  4. Utilization of Lignocellulosic Waste for the Preparation of Nitrogenous Biofertilizer

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    Farhat R. Malik

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available This work is a part of solid waste management project. Bagasse, a lignocellulosic waste of sugarcane industry was utilized for producing the nitrogenous biofertilizer. Nitrogen fixing free living bacteria were isolated from soil samples using dilution plate method. Selection of bacteria Azotobacter chroococcum was made due to its capability to survive and fix the maximum nitrogen as compared to other bacteria tested in a medium in which bagasse was the only carbon source. A. chroococcum, A. indicus and Azospirilum brasilense were tested for nitrogen fixation from 7 to 28 days. Maximum nitrogen fixed by these bacteria was 67.81, 28.00 and 43.20 mg/L respectively. Experimental results justified that bagasse biomass with A. chroococcum is a good source of nitrogen and organic matter, which can be utilized as a biofertilizer.

  5. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U07021-1 [Dicty_cDB

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  6. Biofertilización de café orgánico en etapa de vivero en Chiapas, México Biofertilizer of organic coffee in stage of seedlings in Chiapas, Mexico

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    María de Lourdes Adriano Anaya

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    Full Text Available En Chiapas, la producción de plántulas de café, se realiza convencionalmente con la aplicación de fertilizantes químicos. La producción de café orgánico, requiere la nutrición de plántulas con biofertilizantes y por ello el objetivo fue evaluar el efecto de algunos de éstos en el desarrollo de plántulas de café (Coffe arábica variedad Bourbon en vivero. El experimento se realizó durante 2007 y 2008 en Cacahohatan,Chiapas. Los inoculantes fueron una cepa Glomus intraradices Schenck y Smith, cepas PACHAZ08 de Azotobacter y 11B de Azospirillum. Se utilizó el diseño factorial 2³ con ocho tratamientos y 100 repeticiones por tratamiento. En las platulas inoculadas, se efectuaron 4 muestreos con intervalos de 28 días, midiendóse la altura, longitud de hojas, longitud de raíz, peso seco de hojas y raíces, contenido de clorofila y nitrógeno, y colonizacion de raíz por los inoculantes. Los datos se sometieron al análisis de varianza y comparacion de medias por Tukey p≤ 0.05. Las mejores características morfológicas y bioquímicas de las plántulas, se obtuvieron con Azospirillum sóla o coinoculada con Glomus y Azotobacter y estadísticamente fueron los mejores tratamientos. Azospirillum modificó la arquitectura de la raíz y estimuló la micorrización. Los diazotrofos en conjunto fueron antagónicos pero esta fue inhibida por Glomus. La interacción de los tres microorganismos indujo en las plántulas un mejor aprovechamiento de nutrimentos, agua, capacidad fotosintética y mayor acumulación de biomasa carbonada.In Chiapas, c offee seedlings product ion is conventionally done with chemical fertilizers. Organic coffee production requires see dlings nutrition with biofertilizers and therefore the objective was to evaluate the effect of some of these in coffee seedlings development (Coffee arabica Bourbon variety in a nursery. The experiment was conducted during 2007 and 2008 in Cacahohatan, Chiapas. Inoculants were a strain

  7. A STUDY ON NITROGEN FIXING AND PHOSPHATE SOLUBILIZING MICROORGANISMS ON GROWTH AND PHYSIOLOGY OF PLUMBAGO ZEYLANICA.L

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    D.Haribabu Rao

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    Full Text Available Organisms that are commonly used as biofertilizers component are nitrogen fixers (N-fixer, potassium solubilizer (K-solubilizer and phosphorus solubilizer (P- solubilizer, or with the combination of molds or fungi. Most of the bacteria included in biofertilizer have close relationship with plant roots. In this work we have selected plumbago zeylanica.L plant to study the effect of Azotobacter on the growth of roots, stem, and leaves. Also biochemical characterization was done to identify the effect of Azotobacter in Plumbago. The maximum shoot length was recorded in T4 plants (43.51 on 90th days of plant growth after transplanting the plants. There was a significant increase at 5 % level in the root length from 30th days to 90th days in all the treatments. The maximum number of leaves were found in T4 treatment followed by T3 and T2. Minimum numbers of leaves were found in T1 (1083. On 60th day and 90th day also the total chlorophyll content was maximum in T4 treated plants followed by T3, T2 plants. The amount of reducing sugars (μg/g in shoots of T4, T3 and T2 plants on 30th, 60th and 90th days were significantly high when compared to T1 plants. The content of protein in roots of T2, T3 and T4 plants on 30th, 60th and 90th days were significantly high when compared to protein content of T1 plants.

  8. CARACTERIZACIÓN DE BACTERIAS DIAZOTRÓFICAS ASIMBIÓTICAS ASOCIADAS AL EUCALIPTO (Eucalyptus sp. EN CODAZZI, CESAR.

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    Divan Baldani Vera Lúcia

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó el efecto de las épocas climáticas (lluvia y sequía y del estrato de la muestra (Suelo rizosférico, raíces y hojas sobre la población de los géneros Azotobacter, Beijerinckia, Derxia, Azospirillum, Herbaspirillum, Gluconacetobacter y Burkholderia en el Eucalipto (Eucalyptus sp.. Así mismo, se evalúo su capacidad en la producción de compuestos indólicos como promotores del crecimiento vegetal y su actividad de reducción de acetileno como indicador de la fijación biológica de nitrógeno. Los resultados no registraron diferencias estadísticas significativas en el test de Tukey (P ≤ 0.05 en la población con respecto a la época climática. Con respecto al estrato de muestra, los aislamientos tentativos a Herbaspirillum sp. y Azospirillum sp. presentaron diferencias significativas en suelo rizosférico y raíces. Se obtuvieron 44 aislamientos de los cuales se agruparon por caracterización fenotípica como: 14 presuntivos del género Beijerinckia sp., 12 de Azotobacter sp., 8 de Derxia sp., 4 de Herbarpirillum sp., 5 de Azospirillum sp., 1 de Gluconacetobacter sp. y 1 de Burkholderia sp. Por su alto potencial fueron seleccionados y criopreservados los aislamientos C27, C26, C25 y C45, las cuales presentaron los mejores valores de eficiencia in vitro, superando valores de producción de las cepas de referencia utilizadas (A. chroococcum (AC-01 y A. brasilense (SP7.

  9. Identification of a NifL-like protein in a diazotroph of the beta-subgroup of the Proteobacteria, Azoarcus sp. strain BH72.

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    Egener, Tanja; Sarkar, Abhijit; Martin, Dietmar E; Reinhold-Hurek, Barbara

    2002-10-01

    NifA, the transcriptional activator of nitrogenase (nif) genes, has up to now been described to be regulated in its activity via the sensor NifL only for members of the gamma-subgroup of the PROTEOBACTERIA: This paper reports a functionally similar NifL-like protein outside this group in Azoarcus sp. strain BH72, a diazotrophic grass endophyte belonging to the beta-subgroup of the PROTEOBACTERIA: Its structural genes for nitrogenase (nifHDK) are regulated in response to combined nitrogen and O(2) and expressed endophytically inside rice roots. In order to characterize nitrogen-regulatory genes, an Azoarcus sp. BH72 genomic library was used to select cosmids that complemented a nifA mutation in Azotobacter vinelandii. Sequence analysis of the 3.4 kb genomic region complementing nifA showed two ORFs with sequence identities of 44% to NifL and 61% to NifA of Azotobacter vinelandii. According to Northern blot and reverse transcriptase PCR analysis, the nifLA transcript was more abundant at low combined nitrogen and O(2) levels, results which were corroborated by GUS (beta-glucuronidase) assays using a transcriptional nifL::gusA fusion. N(2) fixation was abolished in a NifLA(-) and a NifA(-) mutant, wild-type fixation being restored by nifLA in trans. The NifLA(-) mutant also failed to activate nifH::gus expression, indicating that NifA is the obligate transcriptional activator for nifHDK. A nifL mutant was diazotrophic and did not show repression of nifH::gusA by ammonium or O(2), suggesting that NifL of Azoarcus sp. strain BH72 has a similar role in inactivating NifA in response to O(2) and combined nitrogen as NifL in bacteria of the gamma-PROTEOBACTERIA: PMID:12368454

  10. Bioinoculants: A sustainable approach to maximize the yield of Ethiopian mustard (Brassica carinata L.) under low input of chemical fertilizers.

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    Nosheen, Asia; Bano, Asghari; Ullah, Faizan

    2016-02-01

    This study aimed to find out the effect of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR; Azospirillum brasilense and Azotobacter vinelandii) either alone or in combination with different doses of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers on growth, seed yield, and oil quality of Brassica carinata (L.) cv. Peela Raya. PGPR were applied as seed inoculation at 10(6) cells/mL(-1) so that the number of bacterial cells per seed was 2.6 × 10(5) cells/seed. The chemical fertilizers, namely, urea and diammonium phosphate (DAP) were applied in different doses (full dose (urea 160 kg ha(-1) + DAP 180 kg ha(-1)), half dose (urea 80 kg ha(-1) + DAP 90 kg ha(-1)), and quarter dose (urea 40 kg ha(-1) + DAP 45 kg ha(-1)). The chemical fertilizers at full and half dose significantly increased the chlorophyll, carotenoids, and protein content of leaves and the seed yield (in kilogram per hectare) but had no effect on the oil content of seed. The erucic acid (C22:1) content present in the seed was increased. Azospirillum performed better than Azotobacter and its effect was at par with full dose of chemical fertilizers (CFF) for pigments and protein content of leaves when inoculated in the presence of half dose of chemical fertilizers (SPH). The seed yield and seed size were greater. Supplementing Azospirillum with SPH assisted Azospirillum to augment the growth and yield, reduced the erucic acid (C22:1) and glucosinolates contents, and increased the unsaturation in seed oil. It is inferred that A. brasilense could be applied as an efficient bioinoculant for enhancing the growth, seed yield, and oil quality of Ethiopian mustard at low fertilizer costs and sustainable ways. PMID:24097367

  11. The Influence of Mineral Fertilizer Combined With a Nitrification Inhibitor on Microbial Populations and Activities in Calcareous Uzbekistanian Soil Under Cotton Cultivation

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    Dilfuza Egamberdiyeva

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Application of fertilizers combined with nitrification inhibitors affects soil microbial biomass and activity. The objective of this research was to determine the effects of fertilizer application combined with the nitrification inhibitor potassium oxalate (PO on soil microbial population and activities in nitrogen-poor soil under cotton cultivation in Uzbekistan. Fertilizer treatments were N as urea, P as ammophos, and K as potassium chloride. The nitrification inhibitor PO was added to urea and ammophos at the rate of 2%. Three treatments—N200P140K60 (T1, N200 P140 POK60 (T2, and N200 P140 POK60 (T3 mg kg-1 soil—were applied for this study. The control (C was without fertilizer and PO. The populations of oligotrophic bacteria, ammonifying bacteria, nitrifying bacteria, denitrifying bacteria, mineral assimilating bacteria, oligonitrophilic bacteria, and bacteria group Azotobacter were determined by the most probable number method. The treatments T2 and T3 increased the number of oligonitrophilic bacteria and utilization mineral forms of nitrogen on the background of reducing number of ammonifying bacteria. T2 and T3 also decreased the number of nitrifying bacteria, denitrifying bacteria, and net nitrification. In conclusion, our experiments showed that PO combined with mineral fertilizer is one of the most promising compounds for inhibiting nitrification rate, which was reflected in the increased availability and efficiency of fertilizer nitrogen to the cotton plants. PO combined with mineral fertilizer has no negative effects on nitrogen-fixing bacteria Azotobacter and oligo-nitrophilic bacteria.

  12. Growth and Nutrient Uptake of Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L. and Meadow Fescue (Festuca pratensis Huds. as Affected by Rhizobacteria

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    Olivera STAJKOVIĆ-SRBINOVIĆ

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A diverse group of soil bacteria found in the rhizosphere which can colonize plant roots and improve plant growth are designated as plant growth promoting rhizobacteria. The aim of this study was isolation and screening of different rhizobacterial strains for plant growth promoting characteristics and their ability to improve growth of two grass species, orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L. and meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis Huds.. The strains investigated, belonging to the genera Azotobacter, Bacillus, Pseudomonas and rhizobial bacteria, showed various plant growth promoting traits, such as phosphate solubilisation, siderophore production, and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA production. Co-inoculation of meadow fescue with Azotobacter chroococcum A2 and Sinorhizobium meliloti or Pseudomonas sp., and A. chroococcum A5 with S. meliloti, significantly increased shoot dry weight (SDW(25-33%, as well as total N (26-33%, P (24-31% and K (26-28% contents in plants (mg pot-1, compared to uninoculated control. In addition, inoculation of orchardgrass with A. chroococcum strain A1, as well as co-inoculation with B. megaterium and A. chroococcum A1 or A31, significantly increased SDW (51-59% and total N (54-59%, P (51-74% and K (49-55% contents, compared to uninoculated control. Nitrogen percentage in SDW was slightly higher than sufficiency ranges, while K percentage was optimal in all treatments in both species. Phosphorous percentage was lower than sufficiency ranges as a consequence of very low soil P content. The results emphasize the potential of particular rhizobacteria to improve the growth of forage grasses.

  13. EFECTO DE LA BIOFERTILIZACIÓN SOBRE EL CRECIMIENTO EN MACETA DE PLANTAS DE CAÑA DE AZÚCAR (Saccharum officinarum EFEITO DA BIOFERTILIZAÇÃO NO CRESCIMENTO DE PLANTAS EM VASOS açúcar de cana (Saccharum officinarum EFFECT OF BIOFERTILIZATION ON THE GROWTH OF POTTED SUGARCANE PLANTS (Saccharum officinarum

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    LILIANA SERNA-COCK

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El uso de microorganismos como fertilizante, ha demostrado tener efectos benéficos sobre el crecimiento de plantas y son una alternativa al uso de fertilizantes guímicos, sin embargo, cada microorganismo difiere en sus efectos benéficos. En este trabajo se evaluó el efecto de la aplicación de microorganismos fertilizantes, Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter chroccocum y Trichoderma lignorum sobre el crecimiento en maceta de plantas de caña de azúcar variedad CC 934418. El crecimiento de las plantas se midió en términos de diámetro del tallo, longitud de tallo y raíces, y número de hojas y raíces a los 15, 30 y 45 días de la siembra. El crecimiento de las plantas mostró diferencias estadísticamente significativas entre los tratamientos. Los microorganismos fertilizantes mostraron efecto positivo sobre el crecimiento de plantas de caña de azúcar, siendo Azospirillum brasilense y Trichoderma lignorum los microorganismos gue ejercieron mayor efecto sobre el diámetro del tallo y los sistemas radical y foliar de la planta. Se observaron los efectos beneficiosos de Trichoderma lignorum sobre el crecimiento de la hoja. Este es un nuevo aporte científico, ya que esta especie no ha sido reportada como promotora de crecimiento vegetal.0 uso de microrganismos como fertilizante, tem sido demonstrado gue têm efeitos benéficos no crescimento das plantas e são considerados uma alternativa ao uso de fertilizantes guímicos, no entanto, cada microrganismo possui diferentes efeitos benéficos. Neste estudo foi avaliado o efeito da aplicação de microorganismos fertilizantes, Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter chroccocum e Trichoderma lignorum no crescimento de cana-de-açucar da variedade CC 934418 plantadas em vasos. 0 crescimento das plantas foi medido em termos do diâmetro do caule, comprimento de caule e da raiz e número de folhas e raízes nos dias 15, 30 e 45 após a semeadura. 0 crescimento da planta mostrou diferen

  14. Purification and Characterization of Cr-containing Nitrogenase Component Ⅰ%含铬固氮酶组分Ⅰ蛋白的纯化和特性

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    黄巨富; 董志刚; 张华峰; 吕玉兵; 赵颖; 汪志平

    2002-01-01

    在含Mo固氮培养基中不能生长而在无Mo条件下可固氮生长的固氮菌(Azotobacter vinelandii Lipmann)突变种UW3, 能在无Mo而含Cr的无氮培养基中生长.从菌体中分离得到的部分纯固氮酶组分Ⅰ蛋白含有Cr和Fe 原子(Fe/Mo/Cr为11.60∶0.41∶1.00),并能表达相当于棕色固氮菌野生型固氮菌MoFe蛋白对乙炔和质子还原的70%的活性.与从Mn中生长的UW3菌体中所提取纯化的MnFe蛋白不同,这种含铬蛋白与MoFe蛋白(α2β2)一样,是由两种亚基组成的四聚体.初步结果表明,这种含Cr蛋白可能是一种固氮酶组分Ⅰ蛋白.%A mutant UW3, which is unable to fix N2 in the presence of Mo (Nif-) but can undergo phenotypic reversal to Nif+ under Mo-deficient conditions, was able to grow in Cr-containing but Mo- and NH3-deficient medium. A partly purified nitrogenase component Ⅰ protein obtained from UW3 grown on the Cr-containing medium was shown to contain Fe and Cr (atom ratio of Fe to Cr and Mo to Cr: 11.60 and 0.41) and to have 70% of the C2H2- and H+-reduction activity of MoFe protein from the wild-type strain of Azotobacter vinelandii Lipmann. The Cr-containing protein was different in subunit composition from that of MnFe protein purified from the mutant strain grown in the presence of Mn, but similar to that of MoFe protein, that is, it was a tetramer composed of two different subunits (α2β2). The preliminary results indicated that the Cr-containing protein might be a nitrogenase component Ⅰ protein.

  15. Tubulinlike protein from Spirochaeta bajacaliforniensis

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    Bermudes, D.; Fracek, S. P. Jr; Laursen, R. A.; Margulis, L.; Obar, R.; Tzertzinis, G.

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    Tubulin proteins are the fundamental subunits of all polymeric microtubule-based eukaryotic structures. Long, hollow structures each composed of 13 protofilaments as revealed by electron microscopy, microtubules (240 angstroms in diameter) are nearly ubiquitous in eukaryotes. These proteins have been the subject of intense biochemical and biophysical interest since the early 1970s and are of evolutionary interest as well. If tubulin-based structures (i.e., neurotubules, mitotic spindle tubules, centrioles, kinetosomes, axonemes, etc.) evolved from spirochetes by way of motility symbioses, tubulin homologies with spirochete proteins should be detectable. Tubulin proteins are widely thought to be limited to eukaryotes. Yet both azotobacters and spirochetes have shown immunological cross-reactivity with anitubulin antibodies. In neither of these studies was tubulin isolated nor any specific antigen identified as responsible for the immunoreactivity. Furthermore, although far less uniform in structure than eukaryotic microtubules, various cytoplasmic fibers and tubules (as seen by electron microscopy) have been reported in several types of prokaryotes (e.g., Spirochaeta; large termite spirochetes; treponemes; cyanobacteria; and Azotobacter. This work forms a part of our long-range study of the possible prokaryotic origin of tubulin and microtubules. Spirochetes are helically shaped gram-negative motile prokaryotes. They differ from all other bacteria in that the position of their flagella is periplasmic: their flagella lie between the inner and outer membranes of the gram-negative cell wall. Some of the largest spirochetes have longitudinally aligned 240 angstroms microtubules. Unfortunately, in spite of many attempts, all of the larger spirochetes (family Pillotaceae) with well-defined cytoplasmic tubules and antitubulin immunoreactivity are not cultivable. However, a newly described spirochete species (Spirochaeta bajacaliforniensis) possessing cytoplasmic fibers

  16. Identificación de algunos géneros microbianos asociados al cultivo del maíz (Zea mays L. en diferentes suelos de Cuba Identification of some microbial genera associated to the maize crop (Zea mays L in different Cuban soils

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    Heydrich Mayra

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    Full Text Available Se ha demostrado que la aplicación de bioproductos a partir de microorganismos rizosféricos en la agricultura, provoca incrementos en la productividad de los cultivos. Si se trabaja con cepas nativas aumenta la factibilidad biológica de los mismos. Esta investigación se realizó con el objetivo de determinar algunos géneros microbianos asociados al cultivo del maíz variedad Francisco mejorado en suelos Nitisol Rhodic, Cambisol Eutric-Humic y Cambisol Eutric procedentes de diferentes localidades cubanas. Para ello se emplearon tres métodos de aislamiento: Método Convencional, Tubos Espermosféricos y Modelo Microcosmos. Los aislados fueron clasificados mediante la utilización de técnicas clásicas. Los resultados obtenidos demostraron que los géneros Pseudomona, Azospirillum, Azotobacter, Bacillus y Streptomyces forman parte de la comunidad microbiana de la rizosfera del cultivo del maíz en las condiciones estudiadas, constituyendo Pseudomonas el género dominante. Los métodos de aislamiento emplea­dos resultaron adecuados para la obtención de representantes típicos de las poblaciones microbianas en estudio, demostrándose la superioridad de los Tubos Espermosféricos y el Modelo Microcosmos para estos fines, ya que los mismos permiten aislar los microorganismos capaces de vivir a expensas de los exudados radicales del cultivo, en la interacción planta-bacteria. Palabras clave: rizosfera; maíz; modelo espermosférico; modelo microcosmos; Pseudomonas.It has been demonstrated that applying bio-products based on native rhizosphere micro-organisms in agriculture increases crop productivity. Working with native strains also improves their biological feasibility. Some microbial genera associated with the improved corn variety Francisco were isolated from Nitisol Rhodic, Cambisol Eutric-Humic and Cambisol Eutric soil from different Cuban regions using three isolation methods: the convencional method, the spermosphere model and the

  17. Microorganismos rizosféricos, potenciales antagonistas de Fusarium sp. causante de la pudrición radicular de maracuyá (Passiflora edulis Sims

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    Luisa Fernanda Quiroga-Rojas

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    Full Text Available El cultivo de maracuyá (Passiflora edulis, de gran importancia económica para Colombia, actualmente es afectado por la enfermedad del marchitamiento vascular causado por Fusarium sp. lo que hace necesario la búsqueda de alternativas que permitan un control eficiente de esta enfermedad. Aislados de las bacterias Azotobacter spp., Azospirillum spp. y el hongo Trichoderma spp., fueron evaluados como potenciales biocontroladores de Fusarium sp. en pruebas in vitro e in vivo. Las pruebas de “test dual” evidenciaron que un aislado nativo de Trichoderma sp. y un producto comercial (Trichoderma lignorum, provocaron la inhibición del crecimiento micelial de Fusarium sp. entre 94.2% y 93.6%, respectivamente. La evaluación de aislados de Trichoderma sobre plántulas de maracuyá en tres momentos de aplicación indicó que la inoculación previa disminuyó el porcentaje de infección de las plantas entre un 75 y 50%, mientras que con aplicaciones después o simultáneamente con el patógeno, el porcentaje de infección disminuyó en 25%. Estos resultados indican que la aplicación de organismos de biocontrol en semillas pregerminadas mejora la protección de las plantas contra el fitopatógeno estudiado y son un recurso importante en el manejo preventivo de las enfermedades de maracuyá.

  18. CHANGE OF BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY OF RENDZINA SOILS OF WESTERN CAUCASUS AT POLLUTION BY ZINC, CADMIUM, MOLYBDENUM AND SELENIUM

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    Tatlok D. R.

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    Full Text Available Rendzina soils are very widespread in the Caucasus. Because of their ecological and genetic characteristics Rendzina has significant buffering capacity to chemical pollution. The object of investigation was calcareous leached soil. Location selection - Azishskaya ridge on the border of the Republic of Adygea and the Krasnodar region. As pollutants, we have selected Zn, Cd, Mo, Se, since soil contamination with these elements in the south of Russia is not uncommon. Contamination of zinc, cadmium, molybdenum and selenium causes deterioration in the biological properties of calcareous soils of the Western Caucasus. We have investigated the toxicity of the elements formed following series due to their influence on Rendzina soils: Zn> Se> Cd> = Mo. The study attempted to analyze the entire range of concentrations of the examined elements in the soil, currently occurring in nature. In most cases, all the investigated substances registered direct correlation between the concentration of the pollutant in the soil and the degree of reduction of biological indicators. The activity of catalase and dehydrogenase cellulolytic ability, plenty of bacteria of the genus Azotobacter, length of roots of radish can be used to monitor, diagnose and regulation of chemical pollution of soil Zn, Cd, Mo, Se

  19. Phytoremediation of coal mine spoil dump through integrated biotechnological approach

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    Juwarkar, A.A.; Jambhulkar, H.P. [National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur (India)

    2008-07-15

    Field experiment was conducted on mine spoil dump on an area of 10 ha, to restore the fertility and productivity of the coal mine spoil dump using integrated biotechnological approach. The approach involves use of effluent treatment plant sludge (ETP sludge), as an organic amendment, biofertilizers and mycorrihzal fungi along with suitable plant species. The results of the study indicated that amendment with effluent treatment plant sludge (ETP sludge), at 50 ton/ha improved the physico-chemical properties of coal mine spoil. Due to biofertilizer inoculation different microbial groups such as Rhizobium, Azotobacter and VAM spores, which were practically absent in mine spoil improved greatly. Inoculation of biofertilizer and application of ETP sludge helped in reducing the toxicity of heavy metals such as chromium, zinc, copper, iron, manganese lead, nickel and cadmium, which were significantly reduced to 41%, 43%, 37%, 37%, 34%, 39%, 37% and 40%, respectively, due to the increased organic matter content in the ETP sludge and its alkaline pH (8.10-8.28), at which the metals gets immobilized and translocation of metals is arrested. Thus, amendment and biofertilizer application provided better supportive material for anchorage and growth of the plant on coal mine spoil dump.

  20. Microbial Nitrogen-Cycle Gene Abundance in Soil of Cropland Abandoned for Different Periods

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    Huhe; Borjigin, Shinchilelt; Buhebaoyin; Wu, Yanpei; Li, Minquan; Cheng, Yunxiang

    2016-01-01

    In Inner Mongolia, steppe grasslands face desertification or degradation because of human overuse and abandonment after inappropriate agricultural management. The soils in these abandoned croplands exist in heterogeneous environments characterized by widely fluctuating microbial growth. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis of microbial genes encoding proteins involved in the nitrogen cycle was used to study Azotobacter species, nitrifiers, and denitrifiers in the soils from steppe grasslands and croplands abandoned for 2, 6, and 26 years. Except for nitrifying archaea and nitrous oxide-reducing bacteria, the relative genotypic abundance of microbial communities involved in nitrogen metabolism differed by approximately 2- to 10-fold between abandoned cropland and steppe grassland soils. Although nitrogen-cycle gene abundances varied with abandonment time, the abundance patterns of nitrogen-cycle genes separated distinctly into abandoned cropland versus light-grazing steppe grassland, despite the lack of any cultivation for over a quarter-century. Plant biomass and plant diversity exerted a significant effect on the abundance of microbial communities that mediate the nitrogen cycle (P bacteria that mediate the nitrogen cycle in recently abandoned croplands. PMID:27140199

  1. Phasor approaches simplify the analysis of tryptophan fluorescence data in protein denaturation studies

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    The intrinsic fluorescence of tryptophan is frequently used to investigate the structure of proteins. The analysis of tryptophan fluorescence data is challenging: fluorescence (anisotropy) decays typically have multiple lifetime (correlation time) components and fluorescence spectra are broad and exhibit only minor shifts. In this work, we show that phasor approaches can substantially simplify tryptophan fluorescence analysis. To demonstrate this, we re-analyse previously recorded datasets of the denaturant (guanidinium hydrochloride, GuHCl) induced unfolding of a single-tryptophan-containing variant of apoflavodoxin from Azotobacter vinelandii. For three methods—(1) time-resolved fluorescence, (2) time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy and (3) steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy—we show that the phasor analysis can readily identify the presence of a folding intermediate. Moreover, the fractional contributions of protein states at various stages of unfolding and the values of the free energy difference of the unfolding process (ΔGUN0) are obtained. The outcomes are compared to the global analysis results published previously. (paper)

  2. N2 fixer free-living bacteria in two soils of Cauca Valley

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    Several soil samples were taken in two agricultural soils, located in Palmira and Ricaurte, Cauca Valley, with the aim of establishing the presence of free life N2 fixer bacteria and to identify the predominant species. Such soils were chemical and physically characterized and were collected information about their farmer management. For each one of them were counted the N2 a symbiotic fixers by the dilution method and culture in N free Ashby media. The main bacteria isolated in each soil were, purified and identified. The physical chemistry conditions in both soils favored the presence of such microorganisms because of the pH, closer to neutral and an adequate nutrient content in Ricaurte, the soils was an inceptisol, moderately deep and growing passion fruit Passiflora edulis sims, in which have had an intensive use of chemicals, similar to palmira's soil; there, the microbial population was 5.5 x 107 U.F.C. N2 fixer bacteria/g of dry soil. In Palmira, it was a mollisol growing tomato Lycopersicon esculentum mill with a population of 5.1 x 107 U.F.C./g of dry soil; both figures indicated the abundance of such microbiological resource and the potential for being explored in sustainable agricultural systems. In Ricaurte it was isolated Azotobacter is a main strain (probably a. chroococcum, according IMI) and in Palmira, Stenotroghomonas maltophilia (IMI), well known as a growth promoter in wheat and sunflower; referred in some cases as lightly pathogen in humans

  3. Effect of malachite green toxicity on non target soil organisms.

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    Gopinathan, R; Kanhere, J; Banerjee, J

    2015-02-01

    Although malachite green (MG), is banned in Europe and US for its carcinogenic and teratogenic effect, the dye being cheap, is persistently used in various countries for fish farming, silk, dye, leather and textile industries. Current research, however, fails to elucidate adequate knowledge concerning the effects of MG in our ecosystem. In the present investigation, for the first time, an attempt has been made to study the effects of MG on soil biota by testing Bacillus subtilis, Azotobacter chroococcum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Penicillium roqueforti, Eisenia fetida and seeds of three crop plants of different families. Various tests were conducted for determining cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, acute toxicity, morphological and germination effect. Our data confirmed MG toxicity on fungi and bacteria (gram positive and gram negative organisms) showing elevated level of ROS. Genotoxicity caused in the microorganisms was detected by DNA polymorphism and fragmentation. Also, scanning electron microscopy data suggests that the inhibitory effect of MG to these beneficial microbes in the ecosystem might be due to pore formation in the cell and its eventual disruption. Filter paper and artificial soil test conducted on earthworms demonstrated a LC 50 of 2.6 mg cm(-2) and 1.45 mg kg(-1) respectively with severe morphological damage. However, seed germination of Mung bean, Wheat and Mustard was found to be unaffected in presence of MG up to 100 mL(-1) concentration. Thus, understanding MG toxicity in non target soil organisms and emphasis on its toxicological effects would potentially explicate its role as an environmental contaminant. PMID:25462308

  4. Nitric oxide production in celomocytes of the earthworm Eisenia hortensis following bacterial challenge

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In this in vitro investigation, nitric oxide (NO production was induced within celomocytes of the earthworm Eisenia hortensis following microbial challenge. Celomocytes were pre-loaded with the fluorescent indicator 4-amino-5-methylamino-2’, 7’-difluorofluorescein diacetate (DAF-FM DA in order to detect the presence of intracellular nitric oxide subsequent to a 16 h incubation with chemically-fixed soil bacteria including Bacillus megaterium, Arthrobacter globiformis, Pseudomonas stutzeri, and Azotobacter chroococcum at a range of multiplicities of infection (MOIs. Flow cytometric analysis measuring increases in relative fluorescence intensity (RFI, which is directly proportional to the amount of intracellular NO produced, permitted determination of statistical significance (p < 0.05 of exposed celomocytes compared to baseline controls. Significant increases in NO were detected reproducibly in celomocytes treated with all bacterial species used. The most prominent results were observed after exposure to Gram positive B. megaterium and A. globiformis where 100 % of earthworms tested exhibited statistically significant increases of RFI at MOIs of 100:1 and 500:1, respectively. Furthermore, significant decreases in NO production in bacteria-stimulated earthworm celomocytes incubated with the NOS inhibitor aminoguanidine hydrochloride were observed. These results demonstrate microbial induction of NO synthesis in earthworms and provide evidence of an antimicrobial role of NO in the innate immune system.

  5. Chemotactic response of plant-growth-promoting bacteria towards roots of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal tomato plants.

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    Gupta Sood, Sushma

    2003-08-01

    The chemotactic responses of the plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria Azotobacter chroococcum and Pseudomonas fluorescens to roots of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal (Glomus fasciculatum) tomato plants were determined. A significantly (P=0.05) greater number of bacterial cells of wild strains were attracted towards vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal tomato roots compared to non-vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal tomato roots. Substances exuded by roots served as chemoattractants for these bacteria. P. fluorescens was strongly attracted towards citric and malic acids, which were predominant constituents in root exudates of tomato plants. A. chroococcum showed a stronger response towards sugars than amino acids, but the response was weakest towards organic acids. The effects of temperature, pH, and soil water matric potential on bacterial chemotaxis towards roots were also investigated. In general, significantly (P=0.05) greater chemotactic responses of bacteria were observed at higher water matric potentials (0, -1, and -5 kPa), slightly acidic to neutral pH (6, 6.5 and 7), and at 20-30 degrees C (depending on the bacterium) than in other environmental conditions. It is suggested that chemotaxis of P. fluorescens and A. chroococcum towards roots and their exudates is one of the several steps in the interaction process between bacteria and vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal roots. PMID:19719591

  6. Effects of cultivation on N20 emission and seasonal quantitative variations of related microbes in a temperate grassland soil

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    Laboratory and in situ experiments were done to investigate the influences of cultivation on temperate semi-arid grassland (for 17years spring wheat planted once every two years without fertilization) on soil N2O emission and quantitative variations of related soil microbes.In the laboratory (25℃ and soil moisture 18% ), cultivation increased soil transformations of fertilizer nitrogen ( 100 μg N/g as NaNO3, urea,or as urea with dicyandiamide I μg N/g). The N2O emissions from the cultivated and uncultivated soils with or without nitrogen additions were relatively Iow, and mainly originated from the nitrification. The soil N2O emission due to cultivation decreased somewhat upon no fertilization or NaNO3 addition, but significantly upon urea addition. The role of dicyandiamide as nitrification inhibitor was only considerable in the cultivated soil, and had small influence on decreasing N2O emission in the two soils. The influence of cultivation on soil N2O emission was also reflected by the number variations of microbes related with soil nitrogen transformation in the two soils. Compared to the uncultivated grassland, in situ ammonifiem and denitrifiers in the cultivated grassland quantitatively averagely increased, and aerobic no-symbiotic azotobacters were quantitatively similar, leading to the continued decrease of organic matter content and the decrease of N2O emission from the cultivated grassland soil.

  7. Alginate Production from Alternative Carbon Sources and Use of Polymer Based Adsorbent in Heavy Metal Removal

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Alginate is a biopolymer composed of mannuronic and guluronic acids. It is harvested from marine brown algae; however, alginate can also be synthesized by some bacterial species, namely, Azotobacter and Pseudomonas. Use of pure carbohydrate sources for bacterial alginate production increases its cost and limits the chance of the polymer in the industrial market. In order to reduce the cost of bacterial alginate production, molasses, maltose, and starch were utilized as alternative low cost carbon sources in this study. Results were promising in the case of molasses with the maximum 4.67 g/L of alginate production. Alginates were rich in mannuronic acid during early fermentation independent of the carbon sources while the highest guluronic acid content was obtained as 68% in the case of maltose. The polymer was then combined with clinoptilolite, which is a natural zeolite, to remove copper from a synthetic wastewater. Alginate-clinoptilolite beads were efficiently adsorbed copper up to 131.6 mg Cu2+/g adsorbent at pH 4.5 according to the Langmuir isotherm model.

  8. Swimming Motility Reduces Deposition to Silica Surfaces

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    Lu, Nanxi [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States); Massoudieh, Arash [The Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC (United States); Liang, Xiaomeng [The Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC (United States); Hu, Dehong [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kamai, Tamir [Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan (Israel); Ginn, Timothy R. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Zilles, Julie L. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States); Nguyen, Thanh H. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)

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    The role of swimming motility on bacterial transport and fate in porous media was evaluated. We present microscopic evidence showing that strong swimming motility reduces attachment of Azotobacter vinelandii cells to silica surfaces. Applying global and cluster statistical analyses to microscopic videos taken under non-flow conditions, wild type, flagellated A. vinelandii strain DJ showed strong swimming ability with an average speed of 13.1 μm/s, DJ77 showed impaired swimming averaged at 8.7 μm/s, and both the non-flagellated JZ52 and chemically treated DJ cells were non-motile. Quantitative analyses of trajectories observed at different distances above the collector of a radial stagnation point flow cell (RSPF) revealed that both swimming and non-swimming cells moved with the flow when at a distance of at least 20 μm from the collector surface. Near the surface, DJ cells showed both horizontal and vertical movement diverging them from reaching surfaces, while chemically treated DJ cells moved with the flow to reach surfaces, suggesting that strong swimming reduced attachment. In agreement with the RSPF results, the deposition rates obtained for two-dimensional multiple-collector micromodels were also lowest for DJ, while DJ77 and JZ52 showed similar values. Strong swimming specifically reduced deposition on the upstream surfaces of the micromodel collectors.

  9. TEKNIK PENGATURAN AIR PADA INTENSIFIKASI PADI AEROB TERKENDALI-BERBASIS ORGANIK (IPAT-BO UNTUK MENINGKATKAN POPULASI RHIZOBACTERIA, EFISIENSI PENGGUNAAN AIR, PERAKARAN TANAMAN, DAN HASIL TANAMAN PADI

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    Full Text Available Teknik pengaturan air pada budidaya tanaman padi melalui Intensifikasi Padi Aerob Terkendali-Berbasis Organik (IPAT-BO perlu dilakukan untuk meningkatkan efisiensi penggunaan air. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengtahui aktivitas rhizobacteria, tingkat efisiensi penggunaan air, perkaran tanaman, dan hasil tanaman pada berbagai teknik pengaturan air.Penelitian dilaksanakan di lahan percobaan Fakultas Pertanian Universitas Winaya Mukti, Tanjungsari pada inceptisol pada skala pot plastik. Rancangan percobaan yang digunakan adalah Rancangan Acak Kelompok (RAK faktor tunggal dengan 16 perlakuan dan diulang tiga kali, yaitu terdiri dari kombinasi antara perlakuan air dan empat varietas. Perlakuan air: tinggi muka air + 5cm, 0 cm, – 5 cm dan  – 10 cm. Empat varietas: Ciherang, Sintanur, Inpari 13 dan Fatmawati..Hasil penelitian menunjukkan terdapat pengaruhnyata terhadap populasi Rhizobacteria, perkembangan akar, dan hasil tanaman. Perlakuan tinggi muka air – 10 cm varietas Fatmawati memberikan hasil tertinggi pada volume akar 186,67 ml, populasi bakteri Azotobacter sp. (1,43 x 1010 CFU g-1, bakteri pelarut fosfat (6,07 x 108 CFU g-1, hasil tanaman tertinggi 95,9 g rumpun-1 setara dengan 9,14 ton ha-1 serta meningkatkan efisiensi penggunaan air 47,1 % dibandingkan dengan pengenangan 5 cm.Kata kunci:  Teknik pengaturan air, efisiensi penggunaan air, IPAT-BO, populasi rhizobakteria

  10. The role of uridylyltransferase in the control of Klebsiella pneumoniae nif gene regulation.

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    Edwards, R; Merrick, M

    1995-04-20

    The glnD gene in enteric bacteria encodes a uridylyltransferase/uridylyl-removing enzyme which acts as the primary nitrogen sensor in the nitrogen regulation (Ntr) system. We have investigated the role of this enzyme in transcriptional regulation of nitrogen fixation genes in Klebsiella pneumoniae by cloning glnD from this organism and constructing a null mutant by insertional inactivation of the chromosomal gene using the omega interposon. K. pneumoniae glnD encodes a 102.3 kDa polypeptide which is highly homologous to the predicted products of both Escherichia coli glnD and Azotobacter vinelandii nfrX. The glnD-omega mutant was unable to uridylylate PII and was altered in adenylylation/deadenylylation of glutamine synthetase. Uridylyltransferase was required for derepression of ntr-regulated promoters such as glnAp2 and pnifL but was not involved in the nif-specific response to changes in nitrogen status mediated by the nifL product. We conclude that a separate, as yet uncharacterised, nitrogen control system may be responsible for nitrogen sensing by NifL. PMID:7753028

  11. Sequence and structural organization of a nif A-like gene and part of a nifB-like gene of Herbaspirillum seropedicae strain Z78.

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    Souza, E M; Funayama, S; Rigo, L U; Yates, M G; Pedrosa, F O

    1991-07-01

    The deduced amino acid sequence derived from the sequence of a fragment of DNA from the free-living diazotroph Herbaspirillum seropedicae was aligned to the homologous protein sequences encoded by the nifA genes from Azorhizobium caulinodans, Rhizobium leguminosarum, Rhizobium meliloti and Klebsiella pneumoniae. High similarity was found in the central domain and in the C-terminal region. The H. seropedicae putative NifA sequence was also found to contain an interdomain linker similar to that conserved among rhizobial NifA proteins, but not K. pneumoniae or Azotobacter vinelandii. Analysis of the regulatory sequences found 5' from nifA indicated that the expression of this gene in H. seropedicae is likely to be controlled by NifA, NtrC and RpoN, as judged by the presence of specific NifA- and NtrC-binding sites and characteristic -24/-12 promoters. Possible additional regulatory features included an 'anaerobox' and a site for integration host factor. The N-terminus of another open reading frame was found 3' from nifA and tentatively identified as nifB by amino acid sequence comparison. The putative nifB promoter sequence suggests that expression of H. seropedicae nifB may be activated by NifA and dependent on RpoN. PMID:1840608

  12. Sequencing and complementation analysis of the nifUSV genes from Azospirillum brasilense.

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    Frazzon, J; Schrank, I S

    1998-02-15

    The functionality of nitrogenase in diazotrophic bacteria is dependent upon nif genes other than the structural nifH, D, and K genes which encode the enzyme subunit proteins. Such genes are involved in the activation of nif gene expression, maturation of subunit proteins, cofactor biosynthesis, and electron transport. In this work, approximately 5500 base pairs located within the major nif gene cluster of Azospirillum brasilense Sp7 have been sequenced. The deduced open reading frames were compared to the nif gene products of Azotobacter vinelandii and other diazotrophs. This analysis indicates the presence of five ORFs encoding ORF2, nifU, nifS, nifV, and ORF4 in the same sequential organization as found in other organisms. Consensus sigma 54 and NifA binding sites are present in the putative promoter region upstream of ORF2 in the A. brasilense sequence. The nifV gene of A. brasilense but not nifU or nifS complemented corresponding mutants strains of A. vinelandii. PMID:9503607

  13. Identification, sequencing and structural analysis of a nifA-like gene of Acetobacter diazotrophicus.

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    Teixeira, K R; Morgan, T; Meletzus, D; Galler, R; Baldani, J I; Kennedy, C

    1999-01-01

    A recombinant plasmid, pAD101, containing a DNA fragment of Acetobacter diazotrophicus strain PAL5 was isolated by its ability to restore Nif+ phenotype to a nifA- ntrC- double mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii. Hybridization with the nifA genes of Azospirillum brasilense located the nifA gene more precisely to specific fragments of pAD101. DNA sequencing of appropriate subclones of pAD101 revealed that the nifA gene was adjacent to the nifB gene in A. diazotrophicus, and the 5' end of the nifB gene was located downstream of the nitrogenase MoFe subunit gene, nifK. The deduced aminoacid sequence of A. diazotrophicus nifA and nifB gene were most similar to the NifA and NifB proteins of Azorhizobium caulinodans and Rhodobacter capsulatus, respectively. In addition, nucleotide sequences upstream of the A. diazotrophicus nifA-encoding region indicate features similar to those in the A. caulinodans nifA promoter region involved in O2 and fixed N regulation of nifA expression. PMID:10530336

  14. Functional Bradyrhizobium japonicum NifA expression under a hybrid nptII-nifH promoter in E. coli and Acetobacter diazotrophicus SRT4.

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    Menéndez, C; Selman-Housein, G; Arrieta, J G; Coego, A; Hernández, L

    1998-01-01

    A hybrid promoter consisting of the in tandem fusion of the Tn5 nptII and the Klebsiella pneumoniae nifH promoters was constructed to study the functionality of the nif genes transcriptional activator NifA from Bradyrhizobium japonicum in two different host bacteria. beta-galactosidase experiments in E. coli revealed that the hybrid nptII-nifH promoter can behave as a constitutive or a NifA-inducible promoter depending on the aeration conditions. Expression of the B. japonicum NifA from the hybrid nptII-nifH promoter (plasmid pBPF204) induced "in trans" lacZ transcription from the Azotobacter chroococcum nifH promoter in E. coli and A. diazotrophicus cells grown at low pO2. Similarly, the plasmid pBPF204 increased nitrogenase activity in A. diazotrophicus cells grown under microaerobic conditions. Based on these results, we suggest that the B. japonicum NifA could function as an efficient O2-sensitive transcriptional activator of nif genes in genetically distant diazotrophic bacteria. PMID:10932742

  15. Nitrogen fixation: key genetic regulatory mechanisms.

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    Martinez-Argudo, I; Little, R; Shearer, N; Johnson, P; Dixon, R

    2005-02-01

    The necessity to respond to the level of fixed nitrogen and external oxygen concentrations and to provide sufficient energy for nitrogen fixation imposes common regulatory principles amongst diazotrophs. The NifL-NifA system in Azotobacter vinelandii integrates the signals of redox, fixed-nitrogen and carbon status to regulate nif transcription. Multidomain signalling interactions between NifL and NifA are modulated by redox changes, ligand binding and interaction with the signal-transduction protein GlnK. Under adverse redox conditions (excess oxygen) or when fixed nitrogen is in excess, NifL forms a complex with NifA in which transcriptional activation is prevented. Oxidized NifL forms a binary complex with NifA to inhibit NifA activity. When fixed nitrogen is in excess, the non-covalently modified form of GlnK interacts with NifL to promote the formation of a GlnK-NifL-NifA ternary complex. When the cell re-encounters favourable conditions for nitrogen fixation, it is necessary to deactivate the signals to ensure that the NifL-NifA complex is dissociated so that NifA is free to activate transcription. This is achieved through interactions with 2-oxoglutarate, a key metabolic signal of the carbon status, which binds to the N-terminal GAF (cGMP-specific and stimulated phosphodiesterases, Anabaena adenylate cyclases and Escherichia coli FhlA) domain of NifA. PMID:15667291

  16. Phylogeny of nitrogenase sequences in Frankia and other nitrogen-fixing microorganisms.

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    Normand, P; Bousquet, J

    1989-11-01

    The complete nucleotide sequence of a nitrogenase (nifH) gene was determined from a second strain (HRN18a) of Frankia, an aerobic soil bacterium. The open reading frame is 870 bp long and encodes a polypeptide of 290 amino acids. The amino acid and nucleotide sequences were compared with 21 other published sequences. The two Frankia strains were 96% similar at the amino acid level and 93% similar at the nucleotide level. A number of methods were used to infer phylogenies of these nitrogen fixers, based on nifH amino acid and nucleotide sequences. The results obtained do not agree completely with other phylogenies for these bacteria and thus make probable occurrences of lateral transfer of the nif genes. The time of divergence of the two Frankia strains could be estimated at about 100 million years. The vanadium-dependent (Type 2) nitrogenase present in Azotobacter spp. appears to be a recent derivation from the conventional molybdenum-dependent (Type 1) enzyme, whereas the iron-dependent (Type 3) alternative nitrogenase would have a much older origin. PMID:2515293

  17. The role of heterologous nifAc product in the regulation of nif expression in Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

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    Zhang, J; Zhang, J

    1997-01-01

    The plasmids pCK5, pCK3, pSZ36, and pSZ23-CA, which carried constitutive nifAc gene of Azotobacter chroococcum and Klebsiella pneumoniae were transferred into A. tumefaciens C58/pGV3850 with triparental mating. The growth rate of these transconjugants was similar to the wild type. Nitrogenase synthesis was demonstrated by Western blotting, in the presence of 10 mmol/L NH4+, and the nitrogenase activity was restored to 73%, 24%, 11%, and 62%, respectively. The results showed that the regulative gene of nitrogen fixation in A. chroococcum and K. pneumoniae played a regulative role for the expression of A. tumefaciens nitrogen fixation gene. Among them, the role of A. chroococcum nifAc gene was the strongest, the fusion plasmid pSZ23-CA which carried nifA-ntrC gene of K. pneumoniae was stronger, and the nifAc gene of K. pneumoniae was weak. PMID:9376504

  18. Functional participation of a nifH-arsA2 chimeric fusion gene in arsenic reduction by Escherichia coli

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    The NifH (dimer) and ArsA proteins are structural homologs and share common motifs like nucleotide-binding domains, signal transduction domains and also possible similar metal center ligands. Given the similarity between two proteins, we investigated if the NifH protein from Azotobacter vinelandii could functionally substitute for the ArsA1 half of the ArsA protein of Escherichia coli. The chimeric NifH-ArsA2 protein was expressed and detected in the E. coli strain by Western blotting. Growth comparisons of E. coli strains containing plasmids encoding for complete ArsA, partial ArsA (ArsA2) or chimeric ArsA (NifH-ArsA2) in media with increasing sodium arsenite concentrations (0-5 mM) showed that the chimeric NifH-ArsA2 could substitute for the ArsA. This functional complementation demonstrated the strong conservation of essential domains that have been maintained in NifH and ArsA even after their divergence to perform varied functions

  19. Cloning, expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of NifH1 from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii.

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    Wu, Hao; Yuan, Ye; Ma, Jinming; Gao, Yongxiang

    2011-05-01

    Nitrogen fixation is catalyzed by the nitrogenase complex in Azotobacter, which is composed of dinitrogenase and dinitrogenase reductase. Dinitrogenase is an α(2)β(2) heterotetramer of the proteins NifD and NifK. Dinitrogenase reductase is a homodimer of the protein NifH. The expression of NifD/K and NifH nitrogenase homologues (named NflD/K and NflH for Nif-like D and H, respectively) has been detected in the non-nitrogen-fixing hyperthermophilic methanogen Methanocaldococcus jannaschii. Solving the structure of MjNifH1 may help in better understanding its function and may supply some clues to understanding the evolution of nitrogenase. The full-length protein with an additional His(6) tag at the C-terminus was expressed, purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 287 K. An X-ray diffraction data set was collected to a resolution of 3.3 Å. The crystal belonged to space group P4(1)32, with unit-cell parameters a = b = c = 139.45 Å, and was estimated to contain one protein molecule per asymmetric unit. PMID:21543862

  20. Kinetics of nif Gene Expression in a Nitrogen-Fixing Bacterium

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    Poza-Carrión, César; Jiménez-Vicente, Emilio; Navarro-Rodríguez, Mónica; Echavarri-Erasun, Carlos

    2014-01-01

    Nitrogen fixation is a tightly regulated trait. Switching from N2 fixation-repressing conditions to the N2-fixing state is carefully controlled in diazotrophic bacteria mainly because of the high energy demand that it imposes. By using quantitative real-time PCR and quantitative immunoblotting, we show here how nitrogen fixation (nif) gene expression develops in Azotobacter vinelandii upon derepression. Transient expression of the transcriptional activator-encoding gene, nifA, was followed by subsequent, longer-duration waves of expression of the nitrogenase biosynthetic and structural genes. Importantly, expression timing, expression levels, and NifA dependence varied greatly among the nif operons. Moreover, the exact concentrations of Nif proteins and their changes over time were determined for the first time. Nif protein concentrations were exquisitely balanced, with FeMo cofactor biosynthetic proteins accumulating at levels 50- to 100-fold lower than those of the structural proteins. Mutants lacking nitrogenase structural genes or impaired in FeMo cofactor biosynthesis showed overenhanced responses to derepression that were proportional to the degree of nitrogenase activity impairment, consistent with the existence of at least two negative-feedback regulatory mechanisms. The first such mechanism responded to the levels of fixed nitrogen, whereas the second mechanism appeared to respond to the levels of the mature NifDK component. Altogether, these findings provide a framework to engineer N2 fixation in nondiazotrophs. PMID:24244007

  1. Kinetics of Nif gene expression in a nitrogen-fixing bacterium.

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    Poza-Carrión, César; Jiménez-Vicente, Emilio; Navarro-Rodríguez, Mónica; Echavarri-Erasun, Carlos; Rubio, Luis M

    2014-02-01

    Nitrogen fixation is a tightly regulated trait. Switching from N2 fixation-repressing conditions to the N2-fixing state is carefully controlled in diazotrophic bacteria mainly because of the high energy demand that it imposes. By using quantitative real-time PCR and quantitative immunoblotting, we show here how nitrogen fixation (nif) gene expression develops in Azotobacter vinelandii upon derepression. Transient expression of the transcriptional activator-encoding gene, nifA, was followed by subsequent, longer-duration waves of expression of the nitrogenase biosynthetic and structural genes. Importantly, expression timing, expression levels, and NifA dependence varied greatly among the nif operons. Moreover, the exact concentrations of Nif proteins and their changes over time were determined for the first time. Nif protein concentrations were exquisitely balanced, with FeMo cofactor biosynthetic proteins accumulating at levels 50- to 100-fold lower than those of the structural proteins. Mutants lacking nitrogenase structural genes or impaired in FeMo cofactor biosynthesis showed overenhanced responses to derepression that were proportional to the degree of nitrogenase activity impairment, consistent with the existence of at least two negative-feedback regulatory mechanisms. The first such mechanism responded to the levels of fixed nitrogen, whereas the second mechanism appeared to respond to the levels of the mature NifDK component. Altogether, these findings provide a framework to engineer N2 fixation in nondiazotrophs. PMID:24244007

  2. Purification and in vitro activities of the native nitrogen fixation control proteins NifA and NifL.

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    Austin, S; Buck, M; Cannon, W; Eydmann, T; Dixon, R

    1994-06-01

    The prokaryotic enhancer-binding protein NifA stimulates transcription at a distance by binding to sequences upstream of nitrogen fixation (nif) promoters and catalyzing the formation of open promoter complexes by RNA polymerase containing the alternative sigma factor, sigma 54. The activity of NifA in vivo is modulated by the negative regulatory protein NifL in response to environmental oxygen and fixed nitrogen. To date, a detailed biochemical analysis of these proteins from the model diazotroph Klebsiella pneumoniae has been hindered by their insolubility. We have now purified NifA and NifL from Azotobacter vinelandii in their native form. NifA is competent in specific DNA binding, transcriptional activation, and response to negative regulation by NifL in vitro. In contrast to the conserved mechanism of phosphotransfer demonstrated by other two-component regulatory systems, our results support a model in which NifL regulates the activity of NifA via a protein-protein steric block interaction rather than a catalytic modification of NifA. PMID:8206822

  3. Nitrogen fixation genetics and regulation in a Pseudomonas stutzeri strain associated with rice.

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    Desnoues, Nicole; Lin, Min; Guo, Xianwu; Ma, Luyan; Carreño-Lopez, Ricardo; Elmerich, Claudine

    2003-08-01

    The Pseudomonas stutzeri strain A1501 (formerly known as Alcaligenes faecalis) fixes nitrogen under microaerobic conditions in the free-living state and colonizes rice endophytically. The authors characterized a region in strain A1501, corresponding to most of the nif genes and the rnf genes, involved in electron transport to nitrogenase in Rhodobacter capsulatus. The region contained three groups of genes arranged in the same order as in Azotobacter vinelandii: (1) nifB fdx ORF3 nifQ ORF5 ORF6; (2) nifLA-rnfABCDGEF-nifY2/nafY; (3) ORF13 ORF12-nifHDK-nifTY ORF1 ORF2-nifEN. Unlike in A. vinelandii, where these genes are not contiguous on the chromosome, but broken into two regions of the genome, the genes characterized here in P. stutzeri are contiguous and present on a 30 kb region in the genome of this organism. Insertion mutagenesis confirmed that most of the nif and the rnf genes in A1501 were essential for nitrogen fixation. Using lacZ fusions it was found that nif and rnf gene expression was under the control of ntrBC, nifLA and rpoN and that the rnf gene products were involved in the regulation of the nitrogen fixation process. PMID:12904565

  4. Role of conserved cysteine residues in Herbaspirillum seropedicae NifA activity.

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    Oliveira, Marco A S; Baura, Valter A; Aquino, Bruno; Huergo, Luciano F; Kadowaki, Marco A S; Chubatsu, Leda S; Souza, Emanuel M; Dixon, Ray; Pedrosa, Fábio O; Wassem, Roseli; Monteiro, Rose A

    2009-01-01

    Herbaspirillum seropedicae is an endophytic diazotrophic bacterium that associates with economically important crops. NifA protein, the transcriptional activator of nif genes in H. seropedicae, binds to nif promoters and, together with RNA polymerase-sigma(54) holoenzyme, catalyzes the formation of open complexes to allow transcription initiation. The activity of H. seropedicae NifA is controlled by ammonium and oxygen levels, but the mechanisms of such control are unknown. Oxygen sensitivity is attributed to a conserved motif of cysteine residues in NifA that spans the central AAA+ domain and the interdomain linker that connects the AAA+ domain to the C-terminal DNA binding domain. Here we mutagenized this conserved motif of cysteines and assayed the activity of mutant proteins in vivo. We also purified the mutant variants of NifA and tested their capacity to bind to the nifB promoter region. Chimeric proteins between H. seropedicae NifA, an oxygen-sensitive protein, and Azotobacter vinelandii NifA, an oxygen-tolerant protein, were constructed and showed that the oxygen response is conferred by the central AAA+ and C-terminal DNA binding domains of H. seropedicae NifA. We conclude that the conserved cysteine motif is essential for NifA activity, although single cysteine-to-serine mutants are still competent at binding DNA. PMID:19573596

  5. Identification and functional characterization of NifA variants that are independent of GlnB activation in the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum.

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    Zou, Xiaoxiao; Zhu, Yu; Pohlmann, Edward L; Li, Jilun; Zhang, Yaoping; Roberts, Gary P

    2008-09-01

    The activity of NifA, the transcriptional activator of the nitrogen fixation (nif) gene, is tightly regulated in response to ammonium and oxygen. However, the mechanisms for the regulation of NifA activity are quite different among various nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Unlike the well-studied NifL-NifA regulatory systems in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii, in Rhodospirillum rubrum NifA is activated by a direct protein-protein interaction with the uridylylated form of GlnB, which in turn causes a conformational change in NifA. We report the identification of several substitutions in the N-terminal GAF domain of R. rubrum NifA that allow NifA to be activated in the absence of GlnB. Presumably these substitutions cause conformational changes in NifA necessary for activation, without interaction with GlnB. We also found that wild-type NifA can be activated in a GlnB-independent manner under certain growth conditions, suggesting that some other effector(s) can also activate NifA. An attempt to use Tn5 mutagenesis to obtain mutants that altered the pool of these presumptive effector(s) failed, though much rarer spontaneous mutations in nifA were detected. This suggests that the necessary alteration of the pool of effector(s) for NifA activation cannot be obtained by knockout mutations. PMID:18757802

  6. Nucleotide sequence of the fixABC region of Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571: similarity of the fixB product with eukaryotic flavoproteins, characterization of fixX, and identification of nifW.

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    Arigoni, F; Kaminski, P A; Hennecke, H; Elmerich, C

    1991-03-01

    The nucleotide sequence of a 4.1 kb DNA fragment containing the fixABC region of Azorhizobium caulinodans was established. The three gene products were very similar to the corresponding polypeptides of Rhizobium meliloti. The C-terminal domains of both fixB products displayed a high degree of similarity with the alpha-subunits of rat and human electron transfer flavoproteins, suggesting a role for the FixB protein in a redox reaction. Two open reading frames (ORF) were found downstream of fixC. The first ORF was identified as fixX on the basis of sequence homology with fixX from several Rhizobium and Bradyrhizobium strains. The second ORF potentially encoded a 69 amino acid product and was found to be homologous to a DNA region in the Rhodobacter capsulatus nif cluster I. Insertion mutagenesis of the A. caulinodans fixX gene conferred a Nif- phenotype to bacteria growth in the free-living state and a Fix- phenotype in symbiotic association with the host plant Sesbania rostrata. A crude extract from the fixX mutant had no nitrogenase activity. Furthermore, data presented in this paper also indicate that the previously identified nifO gene located upstream of fixA was probably a homologue of the nifW gene of Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii. PMID:1850088

  7. Transcriptional activation of the nitrogenase promoter in vitro: adenosine nucleotides are required for inhibition of NIFA activity by NIFL.

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    Eydmann, T; Söderbäck, E; Jones, T; Hill, S; Austin, S; Dixon, R

    1995-03-01

    The enhancer-binding protein NIFA is required for transcriptional activation of nif promoters by the alternative holoenzyme form of RNA polymerase, which contains the sigma factor sigma 54 (sigma N). NIFA hydrolyzes nucleoside triphosphates to catalyze the isomerization of closed promoter complexes to transcriptionally competent open complexes. The activity of NIFA is antagonized by the regulatory protein NIFL in response to oxygen and fixed nitrogen in vivo. We have investigated the requirement for nucleotides in the formation and stability of open promoter complexes by NIFA and inhibition of its activity by NIFL at the Klebsiella pneumoniae nifH promoter. Open complexes formed by sigma 54-containing RNA polymerase are considerably more stable to heparin challenge in the presence of GTP than in the presence of ATP. This differential stability is most probably a consequence of GTP being the initiating nucleotide at this promoter. Adenosine nucleosides are specifically required for Azotobacter vinelandii NIFL to inhibit open complex formation by native NIFA, and the nucleoside triphosphatase activity of NIFA is strongly inhibited by NIFL under these conditions. We propose a model in which NIFL modulates the activity of NIFA via an adenosine nucleotide switch. PMID:7868590

  8. Open reading frame 5 (ORF5), encoding a ferredoxinlike protein, and nifQ are cotranscribed with nifE, nifN, nifX, and ORF4 in Rhodobacter capsulatus.

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    Moreno-Vivian, C; Hennecke, S; Pühler, A; Klipp, W

    1989-05-01

    DNA sequence analysis of a 1,600-base-pair fragment located downstream of nifENX in nif region A of Rhodobacter capsulatus revealed two additional open reading frames (ORFs): ORF5, encoding a ferredoxinlike protein, and nifQ. The ferredoxinlike gene product contained two cysteine motifs, typical of ferredoxins coordinating two 4Fe-4S clusters, but the distance between these two motifs was unusual for low-molecular-weight ferredoxins. The R. capsulatus nifQ gene product shared a high degree of homology with Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii NifQ, including a typical cysteine motif located in the C-terminal part. nifQ insertion mutants and also an ORF5-nifQ double deletion mutant showed normal diazotrophic growth only in the presence of high concentrations of molybdate. This demonstrated that the gene encoding the ferredoxinlike protein is not essential for nitrogen fixation. No NifA-activated consensus promoter could be found in the intergenic region between nifENX-ORF4 and ORF5-nifQ. Analyses of a nifQ-lacZYA fusion revealed that transcription of nifQ was initiated at a promoter in front of nifE. In contrast to other nitrogen-fixing organisms, R. capsulatus nifE, nifN, nifX, ORF4, ORF5, and nifQ were organized in one transcriptional unit. PMID:2708314

  9. Isolation and properties of the complex between the enhancer binding protein NIFA and the sensor NIFL.

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    Money, T; Jones, T; Dixon, R; Austin, S

    1999-08-01

    In Azotobacter vinelandii, activation of nif gene expression by the transcriptional regulatory enhancer binding protein NIFA is controlled by the sensor protein NIFL in response to changes in levels of oxygen and fixed nitrogen in vivo. NIFL is a novel redox-sensing flavoprotein which is also responsive to adenosine nucleotides in vitro. Inhibition of NIFA activity by NIFL requires stoichiometric amounts of the two proteins, implying that the mechanism of inhibition is by direct protein-protein interaction rather than by catalytic modification of the NIFA protein. The formation of the inhibitory complex between NIFL and NIFA may be regulated by the intracellular ATP/ADP ratio. We show that adenosine nucleotides promote complex formation between purified NIFA and NIFL in vitro, allowing isolation of the NIFL-NIFA complex. The complex can also be isolated from cell extracts containing coexpressed NIFL and NIFA in the presence of MgADP. Removal of the nucleotide causes dissociation of the complex. Experiments with truncated proteins demonstrate that the amino-terminal domain of NIFA and the C-terminal region of NIFL potentiate the ADP-dependent stimulation of NIFL-NIFA complex formation. PMID:10419940

  10. Requirement of homocitrate for the transfer of a 49V-labeled precursor of the iron-vanadium cofactor from VnfX to nif-apodinitrogenase.

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    Ruttimann-Johnson, C; Rangaraj, P; Shah, V K; Ludden, P W

    2001-02-01

    A vanadium- and iron-containing cluster has been shown previously to accumulate on VnfX in the Azotobacter vinelandii mutant strain CA11.1 (DeltanifHDKvnfDGK::spc). In the present study, we show the homocitrate-dependent transfer of (49)V label from VnfX to nif-apodinitrogenase in vitro. This transfer of radiolabel correlates with acquisition of acetylene reduction activity. Acetylene is reduced both to ethylene and ethane by the hybrid holodinitrogenase so formed, a feature characteristic of alternative nitrogenases. Structural analogues of homocitrate prevent the acetylene reduction ability of the resulting dinitrogenase. Addition of NifB cofactor (-co) or a source of vanadium (Na(3)VO(4) or VCl(3)) does not increase nitrogenase activity. Our results suggest that there is in vitro incorporation of homocitrate into the V-Fe-S cluster associated with VnfX and that the completed cluster can be inserted into nif-apodinitrogenase. The homocitrate incorporation reaction and the insertion of the cluster into nif-apodinitrogenase (alpha(2)beta(2)gamma(2)) do not require MgATP. Attempts to achieve FeV-co synthesis using extracts of other FeV-co-negative mutants were unsuccessful, showing that earlier steps in FeV-co synthesis, such as the steps requiring VnfNE or VnfH, do not occur in vitro. PMID:11053414

  11. Expression, nucleotide sequence and mutational analysis of two open reading frames in the nif gene region of Anabaena sp. strain PCC7120.

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    Borthakur, D; Basche, M; Buikema, W J; Borthakur, P B; Haselkorn, R

    1990-04-01

    A 1.8 kb transcript corresponding to a region of the Anabaena 7120 chromosome 4 kb downstream of the nifHDK operon appears 12-18 h after heterocyst induction. The DNA corresponding to this transcript was sequenced and found to contain two open reading frames, designated ORF 1 and ORF 2. Two polypeptides, of 30 kDa and 13 kDa, encoded by these ORFs were expressed in Escherichia coli. An apparent start site for the transcript, detected by S1 nuclease protection, was located 42 bp upstream of the ATG start codon of ORF 1. ORF 2 shows strong sequence similarity to ORF 6 in the nif gene region of Azotobacter vinelandii. ORF 1 was interrupted using a 1.4 kb neomycin resistance cassette and the resulting mutant grew very slowly on medium lacking combined nitrogen. The mutant had 45% of wild-type acetylene reduction activity, which could be complemented by a 2.8 kb EcoRI fragment of wild-type Anabaena DNA containing only ORF 1 and ORF 2. Thus, one or both of these ORFs is required for efficient nitrogen fixation in Anabaena. PMID:2115111

  12. THE CONSTRUCTION AND ANALYSIS OF A nifS DISRUPTION MUTANT%棕色固氮菌nifS敲除菌株的构建

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    汪道涌; 谢维; 毛晓华

    2003-01-01

    Azotobacter vinelandii中通过PCR扩增了5'和3'端分别缺失264bp和261bp的nifS'片段,克隆至载体pUC18,形成重组质粒pUCS,再通过同源重组的方法,将pUCS插入Azoto-bacter vinelandii的nifS中,形成nifS阻断突变体SU1,经Southern杂交和PCR扩增,证明所得确为nifS阻断突变株.SU1在外加氮源的BBGN培养基中能够快速生长,但在Burk's无氮培养基中,生长却极其缓慢,表明nifS基因的破坏,已造成SU1的固氮能力接近完全丧失.该突变体的成功构建,为进一步从中纯化固氮酶两组分,研究nifS对固氮酶结构及功能的影响及iscS与nifS之间的关系奠定了良好的基础.

  13. Enterococcus faecalis sufCDSUB complements Escherichia coli sufABCDSE.

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    Riboldi, Gustavo P; Larson, Timothy J; Frazzon, Jeverson

    2011-07-01

    Iron-sulfur [Fe-S] clusters are inorganic prosthetic groups that play essential roles in all living organisms. Iron and sulfur mobilization, formation of [Fe-S] clusters, and delivery to its final protein targets involves a complex set of specific protein machinery. Proteobacteria has three systems of [Fe-S] biogenesis, designated NIF, ISC, and SUF. In contrast, the Firmicutes system is not well characterized and has only one system, formed mostly by SUF homologs. The Firmicutes phylum corresponds to a group of pathological bacteria, of which Enterococcus faecalis is a clinically relevant representative. Recently, the E. faecalis sufCDSUB [Fe-S] cluster biosynthetic machinery has been identified, although there is no further information available about the similarities and/or variations of Proteobacteria and Firmicutes systems. The aim of the present work was to compare the ability of the different Proteobacteria and Firmicutes systems to complement the Azotobacter vinelandii and Escherichia coli ISC and SUF systems. Indeed, E. faecalis sufCDSUB is able to complement the E. coli SUF system, allowing viable mutants of both sufABCDSE and iscRSU-hscBA-fdx systems. The presence of all E. faecalis SUF factors enables proper functional interactions, which would not otherwise occur in proteins from different systems. PMID:21480963

  14. Cloning, expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of NifH2 from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii

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    NifH2, a homologue of nitrogenase reductase from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii was cloned, overexpressed, purified and crystallized. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 2.85 Å resolution and the crystals belonged to space group P2. Nitrogenases are protein complexes that are only found in Azotobacter and are required for biological nitrogen fixation. They are made up of a nitrogenase, which is a NifD2/NifK2 heterotetramer, and a nitrogenase reductase, which is a homodimer of NifH. Many homologues of nitrogenase have been found in various non-nitrogen-fixing prokaryotes; in particular, they are found in all known methanogens. This indicates that these homologues may play a role in methane production. Here, the cloning of NifH2, a homologue of the NifH nitrogenase component, from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii (MjNifH2) and its expression in Escherichia coli with a polyhistidine tag, purification and crystallization are described. MjNifH2 crystals were obtained by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method and diffracted to a resolution limit of 2.85 Å. The crystals belonged to space group P2, with unit-cell parameters a = 64.01, b = 94.38, c = 98.08 Å, α = γ = 90, β = 98.85°

  15. CHARACTERIZATION, BIO-FORMULATION DEVELOPMENT AND SHELF-LIFE STUDIES OF LOCALLY ISOLATED BIO-FERTILIZER STRAINS

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    Full Text Available Nitrogen fixing, phosphate solubilizing and potash mobilizing bacterial strains were isolated from rhizosphere soil of agricultural land, the isolated bacterial strains were further characterized by a series of biochemical reactions and identified as genus Azotobacter, Bacillus and Pseudomonas respectively. A technology for their mass multiplication and their bio-formulation has been developed. Fly-ash was used as carrier materials for bio-formulation development of bio-fertilizer strains. Shelf-life studies of the bio-formulations were carried out during storage period. The selected isolates were found to be potent nitrogen fixer, phosphate solubilizers showing clear halo zone around their colonies and potash mobilizer showing mobilization of potassium on respective medium. A general decline in cfu count was noticed in fly-ash based bio-formulations. All the bio-formulations however, retained more than 108 cfu/g viable propagules up to 270 days. The present studies were shown encouraging results in respect to fly-ash as carrier materials for bio-fertilizer strains which are comparable to other commercially available carrier materials.

  16. Endophytes in commercial micropropagation - friend or foe?

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    Full Text Available Medicinal and aromatic plants are superorganisms like all plant species- naturally colonized by bacteria, fungi and protists. Micropropagated plants are facing different challenges under in vitro and ex vitro conditions: Mixotrophic growth under low light conditions on artificial nutrient media, poor gas exchange in small vessels, abiotic stress, bad rooting, transplanting stress, low survival rate during acclimatization in greenhouse. The use of endophytes in micropropagation can improve plant growth, yield, and health and induce tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress. A tool for the use of competent endophytes in micropropagation under in vitro and ex vitro conditions is “biotization” of plantlets with useful bacterial and fungal inocula. Fungal inocula which are used commercially are e.g. arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in form of spores and extraradical mycelium on different carrier materials like expanded clay, vermiculite, sand or peat. Furthermore representatives of the root fungal genus Trichoderma are applied as spores formulated in powder. Plantgrowth promoting rhizobacteria of the important genera Bacillus, Pseudomonas, Azospirillum and Azotobacter in form of lyophilised endospores/bacterial cells in powder or liquid formulation are also available on the market.

  17. Effects of organic and biological fertilizers on fruit yield and essential oil of sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce)

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    Moradi, R.; Rezvani Moghaddam, P.; Nasiri Mahallati, M.; Nezhadali, A.

    2011-07-01

    In order to evaluate the effects of different organic and biological fertilizers on quantity and quality of fennel essential oil, an experiment was conducted in a completely randomized block design with three replications. The experimental treatments included two organic (compost and vermicompost) and two biological (Pseudomonas putida and Azotobacter chroococcum) fertilizers, their all twin combinations (Ps. putida + A. chroococcum, Ps. putida + compost, Ps. putida + vermicompost, A. chroococcum + compost, A. chroococcum + vermicompost and compost + vermicompost) and control (non fertilized). There were significant differences between treatments in terms of seed essential oil percentage, essential oil yield; anethole, fenchone, limonene and straggle content in seed essential oil. Results showed that the highest and the lowest percentages of essential oil were obtained in control (2.9%) and A. chroococcum + vermicompost (2.2%) treatments, respectively. The highest essential oil yield (29.9 L ha{sup -}1) and anethole content of essential oil (69.7%) and the lowest contents of fenchone (6.14%), limonene (4.84%) and estragole (2.78%) in essential oil were obtained in compost + vermicompost treatment. It seems that compost + vermicompost treatment compared to other treatments supplied the highest equilibrium of nutrients and water in the root zone of sweet fennel which is led to increasing the anethole content, there upon, decreasing other compounds. Essential oil yield and percentage of anethole content in essential oil were significantly higher in all organic and biological treatments compared with control. (Author) 43 refs.

  18. Sequence of the nifD gene coding for the α subunit of dinitrogenase from the cyanobacterium Anabaena

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    Lammers, Peter J.; Haselkorn, Robert

    1983-01-01

    The nucleotide sequence of nifD, the structural gene for the α subunit of dinitrogenase from Anabaena 7120, has been determined. The coding sequence contains 1,440 nucleotides, which predict an amino acid sequence of 480 residues and Mr of 54,283. The predicted sequence contains eight cysteines, of which five are conserved with respect to adjoining sequences and position relative to the α subunits of dinitrogenase from Azotobacter, Clostridium, and Klebsiella. Because there are also five conserved cysteines in the β subunit of Anabaena dinitrogenase [Mazur, B. J. & Chiu, C.-F. (1982) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 79, 6782-6786], the number of cysteine residues participating as ligands to FeS clusters is likely to be 20 per α2β2 tetramer. This number is sufficient to accommodate the known four Fe4S4 clusters, leaving at least four cysteines to be shared among the two FeMo cofactors and the more poorly characterized two-iron center. Although the α- and β-subunit gene sequences are not recognizably homologous, their secondary structures, predicted from the sequences, indicate similar domains around three of the conserved cysteine residues. PMID:16593347

  19. Polyhydroxyalcanoates of strains of Azospirillum spp. isolated of roots of Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. “tomato” and Oryza sativa L. “rice” in Lambayeque

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    Katty Baca

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work was determined the concentration of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs of Azospirillum strains isolated from roots of Lycopersicon esculentum Mill "tomato" and Oryza sativa L. "rice" as an alternative to accumulation of petroleum-based plastics. Previously disinfected root were plated in Nfb semisolid medium where nitrogen-fixing bacteria were recognized by a whitish film on the surface and turn from green to blue. The genus Azospirillum was identified in Congo red agar medium, obtained 96 isolates of A. lipoferum and A. brasilense on tomato and rice. Batch fermentation was performed with broth Azotobacter modified feeding a saturated solution of malic acid every 12 hours and were stained with Sudan Black B. Strains were selected with the greatest number of PHAs granules (in tomato, 18 of A. lipoferum and 2 of A. brasilense; in rice, 10 of A. lipoferum and 10 of A. brasilense and quantified the biomass and PHAs. PHAs concentration reached 0.661 gL-1 in A. lipoferum KM(T-73 and 0.738 gL-1 in A. brasilense KM(T-19, both isolated from tomato. Strains of A. lipoferum and A. brasilense isolated from tomato reached a higher concentration of biomass and PHAs against the strains of rice.

  20. Nitrogen Released From Organic Residues Using 15N

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    Incubation technique was followed under laboratory condition to evaluate and determine the rate of organic residues decomposition as well as N released in media. Rice straw, soybean straw, and leuceana cutting residue were used. These materials were incubated on virgin sandy soil up to 90 days intervals. Cups with mixture of sand and organic residues were inoculated with fungi, bacteria and mixture of them. Un inoculated treatment was also included. Results showed that N released from the different organic materials was significant at 30 days of incubation. It seems that presence of Azotobacter was associated with enhanced demand on soluble N at this stage. Superiority of leucaena over the other two sources of rice straw and soybean straw occurred particularly during the 15 to 30.day period. In greenhouse experiment, the results indicated that N derived from organic materials was high and easily released from compost as mediated materials comparing to leucaena as undigested raw materials. In the same time, barley had more benefits from organic residues than lupine crop

  1. Efecto del uso del suelo sobre rizobacterias fosfatosolubizadoras y diazotroficas en el distrito de riego del río zulia,norte de santander (colombia

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    Ronal Fernando-Cañon

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available It was quantified the population of diazotrophic and phosphate solubilizer bacteria with the aim of determine the effect of the use of soils during different periods of intervention with culture of rice in three agro-ecological zones of the District of Irrigation of the Zulia river. The results showed that the management of the culture of rice in the different studied zones significantly influenced the population of microorganisms in all the studied culture media, excepting the semi-solid culture media JMV. The populations of the genera Azospirillum spp., Azotobacter spp., Beijerinckia spp., were influenced by the fertility of the soils in the zones of Buena Esperanza and Restauración compared with Limoncito, where the quantities of organic matter and nutritional escential elements were lower. It were obtained 28 isolations of entophytic, associative, free-living diazotrophic and phosphate solubilizer rhizobacteria according with their macroscopic characteristics in the culture media Batata, JMV, Ashby and nutritive, from the analysis of the population in the zones of Buena Esperanza, Restauración and Limoncito. These isolations were purified and preserved in sterilized saline solution (0.85% NaCl at 4°C in the Laboratory of Microbiology of the Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA, with the purpose to be used in subsequent studies about their potential as biofertilizers in rice cultured soils of the department.

  2. Efecto de la fertilización en la nutrición y rendimiento de ají (Capsicum spp. en el Valle del Cauca, Colombia Effect of the fertilization on the nutrition and yield of the red pepper (Capsicum spp. in the Valley of the Cauca, Colombia.

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    Edgar A Rodríguez Araujo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available En el estudio se evaluó el efecto de las fertilizaciones química y orgánica y biofertilización en la nutrición y rendimiento del ají (Capsicum spp. en el Valle del Cauca, Colombia, y en la producción de plántulas en vivero y en campo. Las variables evaluadas en vivero fueron: peso fresco de raíz y parte aérea, número de hojas, altura de la planta (cm, diámetro del tallo (mm, peso seco total, peso seco de raíz y parte aérea. Se evaluaron seis tratamientos, bajo un diseño estadístico de bloques completos al azar, de la forma siguiente: fertilización de síntesis química completa (testigo (FSQC, FSQC más fertilización orgánica (FSQC + O, FSQC + O más biofertilización 1 (solubilizador de fósforo con base en Penicillium janthinellum (1x10(7conidias/ml, FSQC + O más micorrizas (FSQC + O + M, FSQC + O más biofertilización 2 (fijador de nitrógeno con base en Azotobacter chroococcum (1x10(8 UFC/ml y Azospirillun sp. (1x10(8 UFC/ml, FSQC + O más biofertilización 3 (fijador de nitrógeno con base en Azotobacter chroococcum (1x10(8 UFC/ml. El experimento se instaló sobre un Typic Hapludolls. El análisis de resultados mostró que, en todos los tratamientos la fertilización de síntesis química + orgánica + micorrizas presentó los mejores resultados (P This study was realised with the purpose of to evaluate the effect of the chemical, organic fertilization and biofertilization on the nutrition and yield of the red pepper (Capsicum spp. in the Valley of the Cauca in the initial production of plants in breeding ground and final production in field. Two experiments were realized, one in stage of fish-pond and other one in field stage. In fish-pond an experiment was realized where there was evaluated the effect of the different types of fertilization in chili and other one where there was evaluated the effect of the chemical, organic fertilization and biofertilización in chili. In field there was evaluated the effect of the

  3. Community structure of soybean plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria in the black soil region of Northeast China%东北黑土区大豆根际促生菌群落组成研究

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    王志刚; 徐伟慧; 莫继先; 肖静; 孙剑秋; 王建丽

    2012-01-01

    As the black soil area of Northeast China is major soybean producing areas, it is important for the sustainable development of agriculture to study the soybean plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). For explaining the community structure of soybean PGPR in the black soil region of Northeast China, we chose four sample stations including Ewenki Autonomous Banner in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hailun City in Heilongjiang Province, Keshan County in Heilongjiang Province and Hongxinglong Farms in Heilongjiang Province, analyzed community composition of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, phosphate-dissolving bacteria, phosphate-solubilizing bacteria and silicate bacteria in soybean rhizosphere, and interpreted correspondence relationship between PGPR strains and areas. The results showed a large number of PGPR in soybean rhizosphere. The quantity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria reached to 104 cfu·g-1, these of phosphate-dissolving bacteria and phosphate-solubilizing bacteria reached to 105 cfu·g-1, and that of silicate bacteria reached to 103 cfu·g-1. Species groups of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, phosphate-dissolving bacteria, phosphate-solubilizing bacteria and silicate bacteria in soybean rhizosphere consisted of 5, 6, 7 and 4 species respectively. Shannon-Weiner biodiversity indices of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, phosphate-dissolving bacteria, phosphate-solubilizing bacteria and silicate bacteria were higher in soybean rhizosphere, which were in ranges of 0.94~1.60, 0.83~1.52, 1.07~1.67 and 0.52~0.96.Biodiversity indices of PGPR were more than 2 in sampling stations. Analysis on correspondence relationship between PGPR strains and areas indicated typical PGPR of different sampling stations. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria LLN8 (Azotobacter beijerinckia indica), phosphate-dissolving bacteria DHS13 (Micrococcus), phosphate-dissolving bacteria DHS19 (Pseudomonas), nitrogen-fixing bacteria LLN1 (A. Chrooco-ccum) and phosphate-dissolving bacteria DHS5 (Azotobacter) were

  4. Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of extracts of in vivo and in vitro grown Vinca rosea L. (Catharanthus roseus) against pathogens.

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    Naz, Shagufta; Haq, Rukhama; Aslam, Farah; Ilyas, Saiqa

    2015-05-01

    The antimicrobial activity of Vinca rosea was evaluated against pathogenic bacterial strains (Bacillus subtilis, B. licheniformis and Azotobacter sp.) and fungal strains (Asprgillus niger, Alternaria solani and Rhizopus oryzae) using agar well diffusion method. Methanolic extracts of in vivo leaf, in vitro leaf, in vitro calluses of leaf, nodal and fruit explants were used and exhibited antimicrobial activity as indicated by minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). In vitro extracts showed better results as compared to the in vivo extracts for both the antibacterial as well as the antifungal activity. Among all the extracts, maximum zone of inhibition (30.3 mm ± 0.58(a)) was formed by in vitro leaf callus extract concentration of 2.0mg/ml against B. licheniformis. Similarly in case of antifungal activity, maximum zone of inhibition (34.6mm ± 0.57(a)) was formed by in vitro leaf callus extract and MIC value is 6.0mg/ml against A. niger. Hence these results clearly depicts that V. rosea possess a great strength to fight against the microbial activity and can be used against various infections. PMID:26004716

  5. Bacterial succession and metabolite changes during flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) retting with Bacillus cereus HDYM-02.

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    Zhao, Dan; Liu, Pengfei; Pan, Chao; Du, Renpeng; Ping, Wenxiang; Ge, Jingping

    2016-01-01

    High-throughput sequencing and GC-MS (gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) were jointly used to reveal the bacterial succession and metabolite changes during flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) retting. The inoculation of Bacillus cereus HDYM-02 decreased bacterial richness and diversity. This inoculum led to the replacement of Enterobacteriaceae by Bacillaceae. The level of aerobic Pseudomonadaceae (mainly Azotobacter) and anaerobic Clostridiaceae_1 gradually increased and decreased, respectively. Following the addition of B. cereus HDYM-02, the dominant groups were all degumming enzyme producers or have been proven to be involved in microbial retting throughout the entire retting period. These results could be verified by the metabolite changes, either degumming enzymes or their catalytic products galacturonic acid and reducing sugars. The GC-MS data showed a clear separation between flax retting with and without B. cereus HDYM-02, particularly within the first 72 h. These findings reveal the important bacterial groups that are involved in fiber retting and will facilitate improvements in the retting process. PMID:27585559

  6. Phasor approaches simplify the analysis of tryptophan fluorescence data in protein denaturation studies

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    Bader, Arjen N.; Visser, Nina V.; van Amerongen, Herbert; Visser, Antonie J. W. G.

    2014-12-01

    The intrinsic fluorescence of tryptophan is frequently used to investigate the structure of proteins. The analysis of tryptophan fluorescence data is challenging: fluorescence (anisotropy) decays typically have multiple lifetime (correlation time) components and fluorescence spectra are broad and exhibit only minor shifts. In this work, we show that phasor approaches can substantially simplify tryptophan fluorescence analysis. To demonstrate this, we re-analyse previously recorded datasets of the denaturant (guanidinium hydrochloride, GuHCl) induced unfolding of a single-tryptophan-containing variant of apoflavodoxin from Azotobacter vinelandii. For three methods—(1) time-resolved fluorescence, (2) time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy and (3) steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy—we show that the phasor analysis can readily identify the presence of a folding intermediate. Moreover, the fractional contributions of protein states at various stages of unfolding and the values of the free energy difference of the unfolding process ≤ft(Δ G\\text{UN}0\\right) are obtained. The outcomes are compared to the global analysis results published previously.

  7. Biological seed priming mitigates the effects of water stress in sunflower seedlings.

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    Singh, Narsingh Bahadur; Singh, Deepmala; Singh, Amit

    2015-04-01

    The sunflower (Helianthus annuus L. cv. PAC 36) seedlings were inoculated with plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), viz. Azotobacter chroococcum (A+), Bacillus polymyxa (B+), separately and in combination of the two (AB+). Relative water content and seedling growth were maximum in AB+ seedlings under control. Water stress significantly decreased the RWC, growth and dry mass of non-inoculated seedlings. However, inoculated seedlings maintained higher growth even under water stress. Pigments and protein contents decreased under water stress, but higher amount of the same was observed in stressed AB+ seedlings. Enhanced activity of nitrate reductase was recorded in AB+ seedlings with maximum in control. Water stress significantly decreased the nitrate reductase activity. A significant increase in the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in leaves was recorded under water stress except in B+ with maximum increase in non-inoculated seedlings. Catalase (CAT) activity decreased in stressed non-inoculated seedlings while increased in the leaves of A+ and AB+ seedlings. Almost similar trends were recorded for both leaves and cotyledons. PGPR improved the water status in stressed seedlings and thereby physiological and biochemical parameters and thus ameliorated the severe effects of water stress. PMID:25964714

  8. Efecto biofertilizante del preparado: residuos vegetales -bacteria nativa diazótrofa, sobre las variables biométricas en plántulas de Rhapanus sativus

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    Cecilia Lara Mantilla

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Biofertilizer effect of the prepared from vegetales wastes -diazotroph native bacterium on biometrics variables of Rhapanus sativus seedlings RESUMEN                                            El uso de bioinoculantes a base de microorganismos con potencial biofertilizante representa una alternativa económicamente viable y de producción limpia para el sector agrícola. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue evaluar el efecto biofertilizante de un preparado elaborado con residuos sólidos vegetales (RSV procedentes del mercado y la bacteria nativa diazótrofa Azotobacter A15M2G. Se elaboraron biopreparados utilizando diferentes concentraciones de bacteria (106, 107 y 108 UFC en un medio de cultivo obtenido a partir del 25% p/v de cada uno de los siguientes RSV: Brassica oleracea (repollo, Lactuca sativa (lechuga y Allium fistulosum (cebollín. Los biopreparados fueron evaluados en plantas de rábano (Rhapanus sativus en invernadero, utilizando un diseño estadístico completamente al azar de 5 tratamientos con 3 repeticiones: T1, control; T2, semillas pregerminadas tratadas con RSV al 25% p/v; T3, semillas pregerminadas con bioinoculante de 106 UFC; T4, semillas pregerminadas con bioinoculante de 107 UFC; T5, semillas pregerminadas con bioinoculante de 108 UFC. Se evaluó: número de hojas, área foliar, longitud de la planta, longitud de la raíz y peso seco de toda la planta (ensayos por triplicado. Se observó un incremento altamente significativo en peso seco para T5 (0,88 g y T4 (1,10 g; y diferencias significativas en el área foliar, para los mismos tratamientos, con un valor superior a 2000 cm2. El biopreparado con bacterias nativas y RSV mejoró el crecimiento y desarrollo de las plantas de rábano, pudiéndose dar un valor agregado a estos residuos y de esta manera obtener un biofertilizante potencialmente utilizable en otros cultivos. Palabras clave: Azotobacter A15M2G, Brassica oleracea

  9. Fluorescence of Alexa fluor dye tracks protein folding.

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    Full Text Available Fluorescence spectroscopy is an important tool for the characterization of protein folding. Often, a protein is labeled with appropriate fluorescent donor and acceptor probes and folding-induced changes in Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET are monitored. However, conformational changes of the protein potentially affect fluorescence properties of both probes, thereby profoundly complicating interpretation of FRET data. In this study, we assess the effects protein folding has on fluorescence properties of Alexa Fluor 488 (A488, which is commonly used as FRET donor. Here, A488 is covalently attached to Cys69 of apoflavodoxin from Azotobacter vinelandii. Although coupling of A488 slightly destabilizes apoflavodoxin, the three-state folding of this protein, which involves a molten globule intermediate, is unaffected. Upon folding of apoflavodoxin, fluorescence emission intensity of A488 changes significantly. To illuminate the molecular sources of this alteration, we applied steady state and time-resolved fluorescence techniques. The results obtained show that tryptophans cause folding-induced changes in quenching of Alexa dye. Compared to unfolded protein, static quenching of A488 is increased in the molten globule. Upon populating the native state both static and dynamic quenching of A488 decrease considerably. We show that fluorescence quenching of Alexa Fluor dyes is a sensitive reporter of conformational changes during protein folding.

  10. Microbial Nitrogen-Cycle Gene Abundance in Soil of Cropland Abandoned for Different Periods.

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    Full Text Available In Inner Mongolia, steppe grasslands face desertification or degradation because of human overuse and abandonment after inappropriate agricultural management. The soils in these abandoned croplands exist in heterogeneous environments characterized by widely fluctuating microbial growth. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis of microbial genes encoding proteins involved in the nitrogen cycle was used to study Azotobacter species, nitrifiers, and denitrifiers in the soils from steppe grasslands and croplands abandoned for 2, 6, and 26 years. Except for nitrifying archaea and nitrous oxide-reducing bacteria, the relative genotypic abundance of microbial communities involved in nitrogen metabolism differed by approximately 2- to 10-fold between abandoned cropland and steppe grassland soils. Although nitrogen-cycle gene abundances varied with abandonment time, the abundance patterns of nitrogen-cycle genes separated distinctly into abandoned cropland versus light-grazing steppe grassland, despite the lack of any cultivation for over a quarter-century. Plant biomass and plant diversity exerted a significant effect on the abundance of microbial communities that mediate the nitrogen cycle (P < 0.002 and P < 0.03, respectively. The present study elucidates the ecology of bacteria that mediate the nitrogen cycle in recently abandoned croplands.

  11. Influence of bacteria on Pb and Zn speciation, mobility and bioavailability in soil: A laboratory study

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    A soil column experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of inoculation of bacteria on metal bioavailability, mobility and potential leachability through single chemical extraction, consequential extraction and in situ soil solution extraction technologies. Results showed that bacteria inoculated, including Azotobacter chroococcum, Bacillus megaterium and Bacillus mucilaginosus, may pose both positive and negative impacts on bioavailability and mobility of heavy metals in soil, depending on the chemical nature of the metals. The activities of bacteria led to an increase of water dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration and a decrease of pH value, which enhanced metal mobility and bioavailability (e.g. an increase of water-soluble and HOAc-soluble Zn). On the other hand, bacteria could immobilize metals (e.g. a great reduction of water-soluble Pb) due to the adsorption by bacterial cell walls and possible sedimentation reactions with phosphate or other anions produced through bacterial metabolism. - Influence of bacterial activities on heavy metal is two-edged

  12. Evaluation Of The Impact Of Chemical And Biological Fertiliser Application On Agronomical Traits Of Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius L. / Íîmiskâ Un Bioloìiskâ Mçslojuma Pielietojuma Ietekme Uz Saflora (Carthamus Tinctorius L. Agronomiskâm Pazîmçm

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    Janmohammadi Mohsen

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    Full Text Available In order to investigate the influence of biological and chemical fertilisers on morphological traits, yield and yield components of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L., a field experiment was conducted in Maragheh (37°23' N; 46°16' E, in north western Iran, for one year in the 2014 growing season. The effect of seven treatments was evaluated: T1 - control (no fertiliser application, T2 - seed inoculation with P biofertiliser (contains phosphate solubilising bacteria; Pantoea agglomerans strain P5 and Pseudomonas putida strain P13, T3 - seed inoculation with N biofertiliser (contains Azotobacter vinelandii strain O4, T4 - foliar application of iron chelate, T5 - soil application of complete NPK, T6: foliar application of manganese chelate, and T7 - foliar application of zinc sulphate. The result showed that although application of N biofertiliser did not have a significant effect on the evaluated traits, P biofertiliser slightly improved grain yield. However, the application of complete NPK fertiliser improved most of the traits, compared to the control and biofertiliser treatment. The best performance was obtained by foliar application of manganese chelate and zinc sulphate. The results showed that micronutrient-deficiencies have to be managed to unlock the potential yield of safflower in semiarid production systems.

  13. EFFECT OF PGPR AND ORGANIC MANURES ON SOIL PROPERTIES OF ORGANICALLY CULTIVATED MUNGBEAN

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    IPSITA DAS

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available A field experiment was undertaken in the organic farming plot of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi with a view to study the effects of manures and PGPR on soil properties. Mungbean (var. Malviya 12 was grown in the plot during kharif season of 2009. Organic manures such as Farm yard manure (FYM, Cereal compost, Legume compost and combination of all the manures with or without PGPR [PGPR: Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria containing Rhizobium + Azotobacter + Pseudomonas + Trichoderma] was applied @ 5 t ha-1 in each plot. It was found that among all the manures tested for cultivation of mungbean, FYM was found to be superior having 320.91, 20.3, 286.72 kg ha-1 N, P2O5 and K2O respectively. The combined application of cereal compost and legume compost was effective over their sole application. Application of PGPR was beneficial showing higher nutrient content in soil. The most effective treatment was found to be FYM + PGPR among all the manures showing the highest amount of nutrients of 339.71, 22.33 and 298.66 kg ha-1 N, P2 O5 and K2O respectively.

  14. Growth promoting characteristics of rhizobacteria and AM Fungi for biomass amelioration of Zea mays

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    Kumar Manoj

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR and mycorrhiza were evaluated on the growth (biomass and yield of Zea mays. In the present study, selective rhizospheric PGPR (Azotobacter chroococcum, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Azospirillum brasilense and Streptomyces sp. and a combination of six strains of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF (Acaulospora morrowae, Gigaspora margarita, Glomus constrictum, Glomus mossae, Glomus aggregatum and Scutellospora calospora were isolated and identified with standard methods and 16S rRNA sequence analysis. PGPR and AMF were checked for their growth-promoting behavior under specific treatment conditions. The 30-48-day-old treated plants in all combinations showed a significantly higher mass value. The average dry weight from the shoot was in a range from 41-52% as compared to the control. This increase also translated into a higher mass value of the roots. Overall, an 82% growth rate was observed in terms of height as the consequence of biomass production, specifically in the case of AMF + rhizobacteria combination. We report an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective biofertilizer for enhanced biomass of Z. mays, one of the staple food crops worldwide.

  15. Inoculación de Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum L. con Rizobacterias en Villa del Rosario, Norte de Santander / Inoculation of Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum L. with Rhizobacterias in Villa del Rosario, Norte de Santander

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    Katherine Carrillo Becerra

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen. Las rizobacterias promotoras de crecimiento vegetalrepresentan una alternativa de biofertilización. En este estudiose evaluó el efecto de su inoculación en plantas de cilantro y lautilización de la práctica de quema de cascarilla de arroz en lapreparación del suelo para el establecimiento del cultivo. Seempleó un diseño experimental en parcelas divididas donde, lasparcelas principales correspondieron a la preparación del suelo conquema de cascarilla de arroz y sin quema con la inoculación previade Trichoderma sp. Las subparcelas eran los tratamientos con lainoculación simple y en co-inoculación de Azospirillum RzH132y Azotobacter RzH120 y los testigos absoluto y químico. Unavez se comprobaron los supuestos en los residuales del modelo,normalidad, homogeneidad de varianzas y aleatoriedad, se realizóel análisis de varianza y pruebas de comparación múltiple porel test de Tukey y un análisis de componentes principales comotécnica de reducción de dimensiones. Los resultados mostraronun efecto positivo en el crecimiento de las plantas inoculadas conlas rizobacterias en las dos parcelas con quema y sin quema decascarilla de arroz; sin embargo, en la variable rendimiento nose obtuvieron diferencias significativas (P≤0,05. Así mismo, seencontró que la población de bacterias rizosféricas en los mediosde cultivo NFb semisólido, Ashby y King B, se vio favorecida por lano quema de cascarilla de arroz en el suelo. Es importante resaltarque los resultados se obtuvieron con la disminución al 30% de lafertilización química, con lo cual se puede reducir el uso de estosproductos químicos. /  Abstract. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR representan alternative biofertilization form. In this study, was evaluatedPGPR inoculation in cilantro plants. Likewise, was evaluatedthe practice of burning rice husk in soil preparation for cropestablishment. An experimental design was used in a split plotwhere the main plots were

  16. Azospirillum, a free-living nitrogen-fixing bacterium closely associated with grasses: genetic, biochemical and ecological aspects.

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    Steenhoudt, O; Vanderleyden, J

    2000-10-01

    Azospirillum represents the best characterized genus of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria. Other free-living diazotrophs repeatedly detected in association with plant roots, include Acetobacter diazotrophicus, Herbaspirillum seropedicae, Azoarcus spp. and Azotobacter. Four aspects of the Azospirillum-plant root interaction are highlighted: natural habitat, plant root interaction, nitrogen fixation and biosynthesis of plant growth hormones. Each of these aspects is dealt with in a comparative way. Azospirilla are predominantly surface-colonizing bacteria, whereas A. diazotrophicus, H. seropedicae and Azoarcus sp. are endophytic diazotrophs. The attachment of Azospirillum cells to plant roots occurs in two steps. The polar flagellum, of which the flagellin was shown to be a glycoprotein, mediates the adsorption step. An as yet unidentified surface polysaccharide is believed to be essential in the subsequent anchoring phase. In Azoarcus sp. the attachment process is mediated by type IV pili. Nitrogen fixation structural genes (nif) are highly conserved among all nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and in all diazotrophic species of the class of proteobacteria examined, the transcriptional activator NifA is required for expression of other nif genes in response to two major environmental signals (oxygen and fixed N). However, the mechanisms involved in this control can vary in different organisms. In Azospirillum brasilense and H. seropedicae (alpha- and beta-subgroup, respectively), NifA is inactive in conditions of excess nitrogen. Activation of NifA upon removal of fixed N seems to involve, either directly or indirectly, the signal transduction protein P(II). The presence of four conserved cysteine residues in the NifA protein might be an indication that NifA is directly sensitive to oxygen. In Azotobacter vinelandii (gamma-subgroup) nifA is cotranscribed with a second gene nifL. The nifL gene product inactivates NifA in response to high oxygen tension and cellular

  17. Produção de alginato por microrganismos Alginate production by microorganisms

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    José Miguel Müller

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O alginato é um copolímero linear constituído de unidades de ácidos α-L-gulurônicos e β-D-manurônicos e é extensamente utilizado devido as suas propriedades espessantes, estabilizantes e gelificantes. Estas características fazem com que este biopolímero encontre aplicações na indústria de alimentos, na indústria têxtil e de papel, em cosméticos e na área farmacêutica e médica. Atualmente para este conjunto de aplicações sua principal fonte são algas marrons, entretanto, o alginato pode ser obtido a partir de biossíntese, utilizando-se microrganismos do gênero Pseudomonas e Azotobacter. A produção bacteriana de alginato apresenta-se como uma alternativa interessante e sua produção por microrganismos, além de possibilitar a produção de biopolímeros de alta qualidade com características específicas e pré-determinadas, irá diminuir o impacto ambiental nas regiões em que as algas marinhas das quais é extraído são coletadas. Nos últimos anos, vários estudos relacionados à produção de alginato por microrganismos foram realizados com o objetivo de avaliar sua produção e rota metabólica de biossíntese, para caracterizar o material produzido e para determinar as potencialidades de aplicação deste novo material. O rápido desenvolvimento de aplicações do alginato na área médica e farmacêutica, bem como a descoberta de propriedades imunológicas únicas deste material tem aumentado o interesse no desenvolvimento de processos para produzi-lo. Neste artigo são abordados aspectos relacionados à produção e as características do alginato bacteriano e também reportadas às potencialidades e aplicações inovadoras nas quais este material vem sendo utilizado.Alginate is a linear copolymer consisting of units of α-L-guluronic and β-D-mannuronic acid which is widely used due to its thickening, stabilizing and gelling properties. These characteristics mean that it has many applications in the food

  18. Microorganismos benéficos como biofertilizantes eficientes para el cultivo del tomate (Lycopersicon esculentum, Mill Beneficial microorganisms as efficient biofertilisers for tomato crops (Lycopersicon esculentum, Mill

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    Hernández Annia

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available En el uso y manejo de biofertilizantes en la agricultura, uno de los principales problemas es el desconocimiento de las especies presentes en los agroecosistemas y en la rizosfera de los cultivos, para su posible utilización eficiente. Desde el punto de vista ecológico, es importante conocer los integrantes de la comunidad bacteriana que favorecen su aplicación como inoculantes y propician un efecto agrobiológico positivo en los cultivos agrícolas. Esta investigación se desarrolló con el objetivo de evaluar la efectividad agrobiológica de Azospirillum sp, en el crecimiento, desarrollo y rendimiento en el cultivo del tomate. Para ello, se partió de seleccionar el género microbiano predominante en la rizosfera del cultivo y posteriormente se evaluó el efecto de su inoculación a partir de la respuesta del cultivo. Los resultados demostraron que los géneros Pseudomonas, Azospirillum, Azotobacter, Bacillus y Streptomyces, forman parte de la comunidad microbiana de la rizosfera del tomate, en las condiciones estudiadas, y que Azospirillum es el género dominante. La inoculación artificial de esta rizobacteria causó un efecto positivo sobre el crecimiento de las plántulas, así como en el estado nutricional de las plantas, con un rendimiento agrícola superior a un 11 % con respecto a las plantas testigo. Se obtuvo un alto nivel poblacional en la rizosfera de las plantas inoculadas. Palabras clave: rizosfera, inoculante, crecimiento, rendimiento.One of the main problems regarding the efficient use and management of biofertilizers in agriculture lies in the unknown species present in agro-ecosystems and crop rhizospheres. From the ecological point of view, it is important to know the members of the bacterial population allowing them to be applied as inoculants and enable a positive agro-biological effect on agricultural crops. This investigation was aimed at evaluating the agro-biological effectiveness of Azospirillum sp. on tomato

  19. History on the biological nitrogen fixation research in graminaceous plants: special emphasis on the Brazilian experience

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    José I. Baldani

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available This review covers the history on Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF in Graminaceous plants grown in Brazil, and describes research progress made over the last 40 years, most of whichwas coordinated by Johanna Döbereiner. One notable accomplishment during this period was the discovery of several nitrogen-fixing bacteria such as the rhizospheric (Beijerinckia fluminensis and Azotobacter paspali, associative (Azospirillum lipoferum, A. brasilense, A. amazonense and the endophytic (Herbaspirillum seropedicae, H. rubrisubalbicans, Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus, Burkholderia brasilensis and B. tropica. The role of these diazotrophs in association with grasses, mainly with cereal plants, has been studied and a lot of progress has been achieved in the ecological, physiological, biochemical, and genetic aspects. The mechanisms of colonization and infection of the plant tissues are better understood, and the BNF contribution to the soil/plant system has been determined. Inoculation studies with diazotrophs showed that endophytic bacteria have a much higher BNF contribution potential than associative diazotrophs. In addition, it was found that the plant genotype influences the plant/bacteria association. Recent data suggest that more studies should be conducted on the endophytic association to strengthen the BNF potential. The ongoing genome sequencing programs: RIOGENE (Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus and GENOPAR (Herbaspirillum seropedicae reflect the commitment to the BNF study in Brazil and should allow the country to continue in the forefront of research related to the BNF process in Graminaceous plants.A presente revisão aborda a história da Fixação Biológica de Nitrogênio (FBN em Gramíneas no Brasil, procurando mostrar a evolução da pesquisa na área iniciada a mais de 40 anos sob a liderança da pesquisadora Johanna Döbereiner. Um aspecto marcante deste período foi a descoberta de diversas bactérias fixadoras de nitrogênio atmosf

  20. Chestnut green waste composting for sustainable forest management: Microbiota dynamics and impact on plant disease control.

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    Ventorino, Valeria; Parillo, Rita; Testa, Antonino; Viscardi, Sharon; Espresso, Francesco; Pepe, Olimpia

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    Making compost from chestnut lignocellulosic waste is a possible sustainable management strategy for forests that employs a high-quality renewable organic resource. Characterization of the microbiota involved in composting is essential to better understand the entire process as well as the properties of the final product. Therefore, this study investigated the microbial communities involved in the composting of chestnut residues obtained from tree cleaning and pruning. The culture-independent approach taken highlighted the fact that the microbiota varied only slightly during the process, with the exception of those of the starting substrate and mature compost. The statistical analysis indicated that most of the bacterial and fungal species in the chestnut compost persisted during composting. The dominant microbial population detected during the process belonged to genera known to degrade recalcitrant lignocellulosic materials. Specifically, we identified fungal genera, such as Penicillium, Fusarium, Cladosporium, Aspergillus and Mucor, and prokaryotic species affiliated with Bacilli, Actinobacteria, Flavobacteria and γ-Proteobacteria. The suppressive properties of compost supplements for the biocontrol of Sclerotinia minor and Rhizoctonia solani were also investigated. Compared to pure substrate, the addition of compost to the peat-based growth substrates resulted in a significant reduction of disease in tomato plants of up to 70 % or 51 % in the presence of Sclerotinia minor or Rhizoctonia solani, respectively. The obtained results were related to the presence of putative bio-control agents and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria belonging to the genera Azotobacter, Pseudomonas, Stenotrophomonas, Bacillus, Flavobacterium, Streptomyces and Actinomyces in the chestnut compost. The composting of chestnut waste may represent a sustainable agricultural practice for disposing of lignocellulosic waste by transforming it into green waste compost that can be used to

  1. Review: Biological fertilization and its effect on medicinal and aromatic plants

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    KHALID ALI KHALID

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Khalid KA. 2012. Review: Biological fertilization and its effect on medicinal and aromatic plants. Nusantara Bioscience 4: 124-133. The need of increase food production in the most of developing countries becomes an ultimate goal to meet the dramatic expansion of their population. However, this is also associated many cases with a reduction of the areas of arable land which leaves no opinion for farmers but to increase the yield per unit area through the use of improved the crop varieties, irrigation and fertilization. The major problem facing the farmer is that he cannot afford the cost of these goods, particularly that of chemical fertilizers. Moreover, in countries where fertilizer production relies on imported raw materials, the costs are even higher for farmer and for the country. Besides this, chemical fertilizers production and utilization are considered as air, soil and water polluting operations. The utilization of bio-fertilizers is considered today by many scientists as a promising alternative, particularly for developing countries. Bio-fertilization is generally based on altering the rhizosphere flora, by seed or soil inoculation with certain organisms, capable of inducing beneficial effects on a compatible host. Bio-fertilizers mainly comprise nitrogen fixes (Rhizobium, Azotobacter, Azospirellum, Azolla or blue green algae, phosphate dissolvers or vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizas and silicate bacteria. These organisms may affect their host plant by one or more mechanisms such as nitrogen fixation, production of growth promoting substances or organic acids, enhancing nutrient uptake or protection against plant pathogens. Growth characters, yield, essential oil and its constituents, fixed oil, carbohydrates, soluble sugars and nutrients contents of medicinal and aromatic plants were significantly affected by adding the biological fertilizers compared with recommended chemical fertilizers.

  2. The effect of carfentrazone-ethyl on soil microorganisms and soil enzymes activity / Wpływ karfentrazonu etylu na mikroorganizmy i aktywność enzymów glebowych

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    Full Text Available W pracy określono wpływ karfentrazonu etylu zaaplikowanego w dawkach 0,265, 5,280, 10,560, 21,180, 42,2 40 μg kg-1s.m. gleby na grzyby, promieniowce, bakterie organotrofi czne, oligotrofi czne ogółem i oligotrofi czne przetrwalnikujące oraz aktywność dehydrogenaz, katalazy, ureazy, fosfatazy alkalicznej, fosfatazy kwaśnej, arylosulfatazy i β-glukozydazy. W wyniku badań stwierdzono stymulujące działanie karfentrazonu etylu na bakterie oligotrofi czne ogółem i bakterie organotrofi czne, natomiast inhibicyjne na Azotobacter, grzyby, bakterie oligotrofi czne przetrwalnikujące oraz promieniowce. Preparat ten zmieniał strukturę zespołu drobnoustrojów. Największe zmiany wywoływał u grzybów. Najwyższe wartości wskaźników rozwoju kolonii (CD i ekofi zjologicznej różnorodności (EP odnotowano u bakterii organotrofi cznych. Karfentrazon etylu w dawce optymalnej zwiększał aktywność dehydrogenaz katalazy, ureazy, fosfatazy alkalicznej, fosfatazy kwaśnej i β-glukozydazy, a nie oddziaływał na arylosulfatazę, natomiast najwyższe dawki zmniejszały aktywność dehydrogenaz (obniżenie z 11,835 do 11,381 μmol TPF, ureazy (obniżenie z 0,545 do 0,500 mmol N-NH4 i arylosulfatazy (obniżenie z 0,210 do 0,168 mmol PNP. Najbardziej opornymi enzymami na działanie KE okazały się dehydrogenazy, a najmniej fosfataza kwaśna i arylosulfataza.

  3. Comportamiento de la concentración microbiana aérea en la Fototeca del Archivo Nacional de Cuba

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    Sofía Borrego-Alonso

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Los objetivos del estudio fueron evaluar el predominio microbiano en el aire interior de la Fototeca del Archivo Nacional de la República de Cuba, realizar la caracterización fisiológica de los hongos aislados para determinar su potencial biodeteriorante y analizar a partir de la información especializada, las características patogénicas de los microorganismos que se aislaron con mayor frecuencia. En el muestreo microbiológico se utilizó un método de sedimentación y para ello, se emplearon placas Petri con medios de cultivo apropiados colocados a 1,5 m de altura del suelo. Se determinó cualitativamente la actividad celulolítica de las cepas fúngicas aisladas, así como la producción de pigmentos y ácidos. La concentración fúngica ambiental no varió con respecto al 2004, en tanto la bacteriana disminuyó significativamente. El género fúngico predominante fue Cladosporium (87,1 %, mientras que dentro de las bacterias, las Gram positivas fueron las que predominaron. Se evidenció que la mayoría de las cepas fúngicas aisladas mostraron actividad celulolítica, excretaron pigmentos y produjeron ácidos, lo que constituye un elevado riesgo de biodeterioro para el patrimonio documental. Entre las bacterias Gram positivas, se identificaron cepas de Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Streptomyces y Bacillus. Dentro de las Gram negativas se identificaron cepas de Serratia marcenscens, Serratia sp., Enterobacter agglomerans, Beijerinckia sp., Azotobacter sp., Acinetobacter sp. y Pseudomonas sp. La mayoría de los géneros fúngicos y bacterianos aislados son agentes con potencialidades patogénicas.

  4. Impact of integrated nutrient management on tomato yield under farmers field conditions.

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    Pandey, S K; Chandra, K K

    2013-11-01

    Field trials were conducted in farmer's field of district Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, India to assess the impact of integrated nutrient management (INM) on the performance of tomato crop during rabi (2008) and kharif (2009) season. Before conducting trials technological gap between actual and potential productivity were analyzed by interviewing growers to find out the major causes for low yield. Overall gap in use of fertilizers was recorded 64.90 % whereas overall mean gap in technology was 43.83%. On-farm experiments on INM were conducted by applying FYM (10t ha(-1)) + (NPK (150:80:60 kg ha(-1)) followed by dipping seedling roots in 1% Azotobacter solution for 15 min and foliar spray with 20 ppm ferrous ammonium sulphate after 30, 45 and 75 days of transplantation. The plant height, root length, number of primary branches, average fruit weight increased in INM plots as compared to farm practice. The increment in yield was found to be 28.84 and 33.86% during rabi and kharif season respectively. The maximum marketable yield obtained in INM plot during kharif and rabi seasons was 1025 q ha(-1) and 955 q ha(-1) respectively, whereas as farm practice yielded 740 q ha(-1) and 713 q ha(-1) during the same seasons. The percent loss from total production was recorded 8.5 % and 8.8 % in control plot and only 4.9 % and 5.7 % in INM plot during rabi and kharif seasons respectively. The higher fruit weight and lower incidence of disease and pest were observed in INM field in comparison to farm practice. The benefit cost ratio with INM treatment was recorded 4.25 and 4.23 in rabi and kharif season respectively against the benefit cost ratio of 2.98 and 2.82 in control plot during the same respective seasons. PMID:24555335

  5. Biochemical and structural characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Bfd and FPR: ferredoxin NADP+ reductase and not ferredoxin is the redox partner of heme oxygenase under iron-starvation conditions.

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    Wang, An; Zeng, Yuhong; Han, Huijong; Weeratunga, Saroja; Morgan, Bailey N; Moënne-Loccoz, Pierre; Schönbrunn, Ernst; Rivera, Mario

    2007-10-30

    Among the 118 genes upregulated by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in response to iron starvation [Ochsner, U. A., Wilderman, P. J., Vasil, A. I., and Vasil, M. L. (2002) Mol. Microbiol. 45, 1277-1287], we focused on the products of the two genes encoding electron transfer proteins, as a means of identifying the redox partners of the heme oxygenase (pa-HO) expressed under low-iron stress conditions. Biochemical and spectroscopic investigations demonstrated that the bfd gene encodes a 73-amino acid protein (pa-Bfd) that incorporates a [2Fe-2S]2+/+ center, whereas the fpr gene encodes a 258-residue NADPH-dependent ferredoxin reductase (pa-FPR) that utilizes FAD as a cofactor. In vitro reconstitution of pa-HO catalytic activity with the newly characterized proteins led to the surprising observation that pa-FPR efficiently supports the catalytic cycle of pa-HO, without the need of a ferredoxin. In comparison, electron transfer from pa-Bfd to pa-HO is sluggish, which strongly argues against the possibility that the seven electrons needed by pa-HO to degrade biliverdin are transferred from NADPH to pa-HO in a ferredoxin (Bfd)-dependent manner. Given that pa-HO functions to release iron from exogenous heme acquired under iron-starvation conditions, the use of a flavoenzyme rather than an iron-sulfur center-containing protein to support heme degradation is an efficient use of resources in the cell. The crystal structure of pa-FPR (1.6 A resolution) showed that its fold is comparable that of the superfamily of ferredoxin reductases and most similar to the structure of Azotobacter vinelandii FPR and Escherichia coli flavodoxin reductase. The latter two enzymes interact with distinct redox partners, a ferredoxin and a flavodoxin, respectively. Hence, findings reported herein extend the range of redox partners recognized by the fold of pa-FPR to include a heme oxygenase (pa-HO). PMID:17915950

  6. Potential Endophytic Bacteria for Increasing Paddy Var Rojolele Productivity

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    Desriani Desriani

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    Full Text Available Paddy var Rojoleleis asuperior paddy come from Klaten that released by Department of Agriculture in 2003. Its superior properties are resistant to pests leaf hoppers, fluffier, and fragrant. To increase the productivity of paddy that are of ten used by farmers is to use chemical-based fertilizers. The use of these chemicals will effect to adisruption of ecosystem balancing, reduction the amount of soil microflora which essential forplants. Endophytic bacteria are symbiotic microorganisms living within plant tissues, and does not cause negative effects on the host plant. Endophytic bacteria have a capability increasing crop productivity by producing growth hormone, contributes to plant health, and as bio-control agents. Some endophytic bacteria which contribute to plant growth are: Pseudomonas sp., Enterobacter sp., Staphylococcus sp., Azotobacter sp., And Azospirilum sp., Whereas endophytic bacteria that contribute to the health and plant protection several of them are: Pseudomonas sp., Serratia sp. ,Clavibacter sp., and Bacillus sp. This study was conducted to investigate potential of endophytic bacteria to increase Paddy var Rojolele productivity based on its ability to produce extracellular enzymes and resistance to multiple types of antibiotics. The method were endophytic bacteria isolation from three Paddy varRojolele plants, extracellular enzymes detection and antibiotic resistance testing to chloramfinekol, ampicillin and kanamycin. As the result, 43isolateswere isolated from Paddy var Rojolele. Four isolatesamong them havethe ability to produce extra cellular enzym esandresistant toampicillin, kanamycin, and chloramfinekol. Extra cellular enzyme production capability and resistance to antibiotics makes endophytic bacteria are potentialto improveplant health and also asbio-control agentwhich then willaffect to the productivity of rice. To further ensure its potential to plant, more research is needed.

  7. Actinorhizal Alder Phytostabilization Alters Microbial Community Dynamics in Gold Mine Waste Rock from Northern Quebec: A Greenhouse Study.

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    Callender, Katrina L; Roy, Sébastien; Khasa, Damase P; Whyte, Lyle G; Greer, Charles W

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    Phytotechnologies are rapidly replacing conventional ex-situ remediation techniques as they have the added benefit of restoring aesthetic value, important in the reclamation of mine sites. Alders are pioneer species that can tolerate and proliferate in nutrient-poor, contaminated environments, largely due to symbiotic root associations with the N2-fixing bacteria, Frankia and ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi. In this study, we investigated the growth of two Frankia-inoculated (actinorhizal) alder species, A. crispa and A. glutinosa, in gold mine waste rock from northern Quebec. Alder species had similar survival rates and positively impacted soil quality and physico-chemical properties in similar ways, restoring soil pH to neutrality and reducing extractable metals up to two-fold, while not hyperaccumulating them into above-ground plant biomass. A. glutinosa outperformed A. crispa in terms of growth, as estimated by the seedling volume index (SVI), and root length. Pyrosequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene for bacteria and the ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region for fungi provided a comprehensive, direct characterization of microbial communities in gold mine waste rock and fine tailings. Plant- and treatment-specific shifts in soil microbial community compositions were observed in planted mine residues. Shannon diversity and the abundance of microbes involved in key ecosystem processes such as contaminant degradation (Sphingomonas, Sphingobium and Pseudomonas), metal sequestration (Brevundimonas and Caulobacter) and N2-fixation (Azotobacter, Mesorhizobium, Rhizobium and Pseudomonas) increased over time, i.e., as plants established in mine waste rock. Acetate mineralization and most probable number (MPN) assays showed that revegetation positively stimulated both bulk and rhizosphere communities, increasing microbial density (biomass increase of 2 orders of magnitude) and mineralization (five-fold). Genomic techniques proved useful in investigating

  8. APLIKASI KOMBINASI KOMPOS JERAMI, KOMPOS AZOLLA DAN PUPUK HAYATI UNTUK MENINGKATKAN JUMLAH POPULASI BAKTERI PENAMBAT NITROGEN DAN PRODUKTIVITAS TANAMAN PADI BERRBASIS IPAT-BO

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    Ferina Rosiana

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Penelitian untuk mengetahui efek pemberian kombinasi kompos jerami dengan Azolla dan pupuk hayati majemuk terhadap peningkatan populasi bakteri penambat N dan produktivitas tanaman padi dengan teknologi IPAT-BO dilaksanakan dari bulan April hingga Juli 2012 di kebun percobaan Fakultas Pertanian, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor, dengan ketinggian + 740 m dpl. Penelitian ini menggunakan rancangan acak kelompok faktor tunggal dengan dua belas perlakuan dan tiga kali ulangan. Perlakuan terdiri dari (A tanpa kompos jerami, (B kompos jerami 2,5 ton ha-1, (C kompos jerami 5 ton ha-1, (D kompos Azolla 0,5 ton ha-1, (E kompos jerami 2,5 ton ha-1 + kompos Azolla 0,5 ton ha-1, (F kompos jerami 5 ton ha-1 + kompos Azolla 0,5 ton ha-1, (G pupuk hayati 400 g ha-1, (H kompos jerami 2,5 ton ha-1 + pupuk hayati 400 g ha-1, (I kompos jerami 5 ton ha-1 + pupuk hayati 400 g ha-1, (J kompos Azolla 0,5 ton ha-1 + pupuk hayati 400 g ha-1, (K kompos jerami 2,5 ton ha-1 + kompos Azolla 0,5 ton ha-1 + pupuk hayati 400 g ha-1, (L kompos jerami 5 ton ha-1 + kompos Azolla 0,5 ton ha-1 + pupuk hayati 400 g ha-1.Aplikasi perlakuan kompos jerami, kompos Azolla dan pupuk hayati majemuk memberikan pengaruh terhadap populasi penambat N (Azotobacter sp. dan Azospirilium sp. dan produktifitas tanaman padi. Aplikasi kompos jerami 2,5 ton ha-1 dengan pupuk hayati 400 g ha-1 memberikan hasil GKP yaitu 64,39 g tanaman-1 (6,13 ton ha-1. Kata kunci: IPAT-BO, kompos Azolla, kompos jerami, pupuk hayati.

  9. NifX and NifEN exchange NifB cofactor and the VK-cluster, a newly isolated intermediate of the iron-molybdenum cofactor biosynthetic pathway.

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    Hernandez, Jose A; Igarashi, Robert Y; Soboh, Basem; Curatti, Leonardo; Dean, Dennis R; Ludden, Paul W; Rubio, Luis M

    2007-01-01

    The iron-molybdenum cofactor of nitrogenase (FeMo-co) is synthesized in a multistep process catalysed by several Nif proteins and is finally inserted into a pre-synthesized apo-dinitrogenase to generate mature dinitrogenase protein. The NifEN complex serves as scaffold for some steps of this synthesis, while NifX belongs to a family of small proteins that bind either FeMo-co precursors or FeMo-co during cofactor synthesis. In this work, the binding of FeMo-co precursors and their transfer between purified Azotobacter vinelandii NifX and NifEN proteins was studied to shed light on the role of NifX on FeMo-co synthesis. Purified NifX binds NifB cofactor (NifB-co), a precursor to FeMo-co, with high affinity and is able to transfer it to the NifEN complex. In addition, NifEN and NifX exchange another [Fe-S] cluster that serves as a FeMo-co precursor, and we have designated it as the VK-cluster. In contrast to NifB-co, the VK-cluster is electronic paramagnetic resonance (EPR)-active in the reduced and the oxidized states. The NifX/VK-cluster complex is unable to support in vitro FeMo-co synthesis in the absence of NifEN because further processing of the VK-cluster into FeMo-co requires the simultaneous activities of NifEN and NifH. Our in vitro studies suggest that the role of NifX in vivo is to serve as transient reservoir of FeMo-co precursors and thus help control their flux during FeMo-co synthesis. PMID:17163967

  10. Functional analysis of the cysteine motifs in the ferredoxin-like protein FdxN of Rhizobium meliloti involved in symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

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    Masepohl, B; Kutsche, M; Riedel, K U; Schmehl, M; Klipp, W; Pühler, A

    1992-05-01

    The Rhizobium meliloti fdxN gene, which is part of the nifA-nifB-fdxN operon, is absolutely required for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. The deduced sequence of the FdxN protein is characterized by two cysteine motifs typical of bacterial-type ferredoxins. The Fix-phenotype of an R. meliloti fdxN::[Tc] mutant could be rescued by the R. leguminosarum fdxN gene, whereas no complementation was observed with nif-associated genes encoding ferredoxins from Bradyrhizobium japonicum, Azotobacter vinelandii, A. chroococcum and Rhodobacter capsulatus. In addition to these heterologous genes, several R. meliloti fdxN mutant genes constructed by site-directed mutagenesis were analyzed. Not only a cysteine residue within the second cysteine motif (position 42), which is known to coordinate the Fe-S cluster in homologous proteins, but also a cysteine located down-stream of this motif (position 61), was found to be essential for the activity of the R. meliloti FdxN protein. Changing the amino acid residue proline in position 56 into methionine resulted in a FdxN mutant protein with decreased activity, whereas changes in positions 35 (Asp35Glu) and 45 (Gly45Glu) had no significant effect on the function of the FdxN mutant proteins. In contrast to bacterial-type ferredoxins, which contain two identical cysteine motifs of the form C-X2-C-X2-C-X3-C, nif-associated ferredoxins, including R. meliloti FdxN, are characterized by two different cysteine motifs. Six "additional" amino acids separate the second (Cys42) and the third cysteine (Cys51) in the C-terminal motif (C-X2-C-X8-C-X3-C).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1603075

  11. Regulation of nif gene expression in Enterobacter agglomerans: nucleotide sequence of the nifLA operon and influence of temperature and ammonium on its transcription.

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    Siddavattam, D; Steibl, H D; Kreutzer, R; Klingmüller, W

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    The nucleotide sequence of a plasmid-borne 3.9 kb XhoI-SmaI fragment comprising the 3'-region of the nifM gene, the nifL and nifA genes and the 5'-region of nifB gene of Enterobacter agglomerans was determined. The genes were identified by their homology to the corresponding nif genes of Klebsiella pneumoniae. A typical sigma 54-dependent promoter and a consensus NtrC-binding motif were identified upstream of nifL. The predicted amino acid sequence of NifL showed close similarities to NifL of K. pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii. However, no histidine residue was found to correspond to histidine-304 of A. vinelandii NifL, which had been proposed to be required for the repressor activity of NifL. The NifA sequence with a putative DNA binding motif (Q(x3) A(x3) G(x5)I) and an ATP binding site in the C-terminal and central domains, respectively, resembles that of other known NifA proteins. The function of the nifL and nifA genes was demonstrated in vivo using a binary plasmid system by their ability to activate a nifH promoter-lacZ fusion at different temperatures and concentrations of NH4+. Maximal promoter activity occurred at 25 degrees C, and it appears that the sensitivity of NifA to elevated temperatures is independent of NifL. The expression of nifL inhibited promoter activity in the presence of NifA when the initial NH4+ concentration in the medium exceeded 4 mM. PMID:8544828

  12. N2和H+在固氮酶活性中心金属原子簇中还原位点的分析

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    关锋; 赵德华; 潘淼; 姜伟; 李季伦

    2007-01-01

    目前研究表明,固氮酶的生理底物氮气(N2)和质子(H+)在钼铁蛋白中的铁钼辅因子(FeMo-co、)上被还原,但其确切的还原位点尚未确定.对比分析了棕色固氮菌(Azotobacter vinelandii,Av)野生型(WT)与 5 种突变株(包括FeMo-co附近 2 个保守氨基酸α-191Gln 和α-195His 单突变菌株(Qα191K 和 Hα195Q)、FeMo-co 上钼原子相连的高柠檬酸突变株(nifv-)以及α-191Gln 和α-195Hns 与高柠檬酸的双突变菌株(Qα191K/nif-和 Hα195Q/nifv-))固氮酶催化还原 N2 和 H+活性的变化,结果表明,N2 在靠近 FeMo-co中心硫原子(S2B)的 Fe2 和 Fe6 上络合和还原,FeMo-co 上的钼原子是 H+还原的位点.结合生物信息学分析结果显示,[8Fe7S] 和 FeMo-co 之间可能存在两条平行的电子传递通路.

  13. Relative susceptibility and transcriptional response of nitrogen cycling bacteria to quantum dots.

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    Yang, Yu; Wang, Jing; Zhu, Huiguang; Colvin, Vicki L; Alvarez, Pedro J

    2012-03-20

    Little is known about the potential impacts of accidental or incidental releases of manufactured nanomaterials to microbial ecosystem services (e.g., nutrient cycling). Here, quantum dots (QDs) coated with cationic polyethylenimine (PEI) were more toxic to pure cultures of nitrogen-cycling bacteria than QDs coated with anionic polymaleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene (PMAO). Nitrifying bacteria (i.e., Nitrosomonas europaea) were much more susceptible than nitrogen fixing (i.e., Azotobacter vinelandii, Rhizobium etli, and Azospirillum lipoferum) and denitrifying bacteria (i.e., Pseudomonas stutzeri). Antibacterial activity was mainly exerted by the QDs rather than by their organic coating or their released QD components (e.g., Cd and Zn), which under the near-neutral pH tested (to minimize QD weathering) were released into the bacterial growth media at lower levels than their minimum inhibitory concentrations. Sublethal exposure to QDs stimulated the expression of genes associated with nitrogen cycling. QD-PEI (10 nM) induced three types of nitrogenase genes (nif, anf, and vnf) in A. vinelandii, and one ammonia monooxygenase gene (amoA) in N. europaea was up-regulated upon exposure to 1 nM QD-PEI. We previously reported up-regulation of denitrification genes in P. stutzeri exposed to low concentrations of QD-PEI. (1) Whether this surprising stimulation of nitrogen cycling activities reflects the need to generate more energy to overcome toxicity (in the case of nitrification or denitrification) or to synthesize organic nitrogen to repair or replace damaged proteins (in the case of nitrogen fixation) remains to be determined. PMID:22360857

  14. Requirement of NifX and other nif proteins for in vitro biosynthesis of the iron-molybdenum cofactor of nitrogenase.

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    Shah, V K; Rangaraj, P; Chatterjee, R; Allen, R M; Roll, J T; Roberts, G P; Ludden, P W

    1999-05-01

    The iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) of nitrogenase contains molybdenum, iron, sulfur, and homocitrate in a ratio of 1:7:9:1. In vitro synthesis of FeMo-co has been established, and the reaction requires an ATP-regenerating system, dithionite, molybdate, homocitrate, and at least NifB-co (the metabolic product of NifB), NifNE, and dinitrogenase reductase (NifH). The typical in vitro FeMo-co synthesis reaction involves mixing extracts from two different mutant strains of Azotobacter vinelandii defective in the biosynthesis of cofactor or an extract of a mutant strain complemented with the purified missing component. Surprisingly, the in vitro synthesis of FeMo-co with only purified components failed to generate significant FeMo-co, suggesting the requirement for one or more other components. Complementation of these assays with extracts of various mutant strains demonstrated that NifX has a role in synthesis of FeMo-co. In vitro synthesis of FeMo-co with purified components is stimulated approximately threefold by purified NifX. Complementation of these assays with extracts of A. vinelandii DJ42. 48 (DeltanifENX DeltavnfE) results in a 12- to 15-fold stimulation of in vitro FeMo-co synthesis activity. These data also demonstrate that apart from the NifX some other component(s) is required for the cofactor synthesis. The in vitro synthesis of FeMo-co with purified components has allowed the detection, purification, and identification of an additional component(s) required for the synthesis of cofactor. PMID:10217770

  15. The N-terminal and C-terminal portions of NifV are encoded by two different genes in Clostridium pasteurianum.

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    Wang, S Z; Dean, D R; Chen, J S; Johnson, J L

    1991-05-01

    The nifV gene products from Azotobacter vinelandii and Klebsiella pneumoniae share a high level of primary sequence identity and are proposed to catalyze the synthesis of homocitrate. While searching for potential nif (nitrogen fixation) genes within the genomic region located downstream from the nifN-B gene of Clostridium pasteurianum, we observed two open reading frames (ORFs) whose deduced amino acid sequences exhibit nonoverlapping sequence identity to different portions of the nifV gene products from A. vinelandii and K. pneumoniae. Conserved regions were located between the C-terminal 195 amino acid residues of the first ORF and the C-terminal portion of the nifV gene product and between the entire sequence of the second ORF (269 amino acid residues) and the N-terminal portion of the nifV gene product. We therefore designated the first ORF nifV omega and the second ORF nifV alpha. The deduced amino acid sequences of nifV omega and nifV alpha were also found to have sequence similarity when compared with the primary sequence of the leuA gene product from Salmonella typhimurium, which encodes alpha-isopropylmalate synthase. Marker rescue experiments were performed by recombining nifV omega and nifV alpha from C. pasteurianum, singly and in combination, into the genome of an A. vinelandii mutant strain which has an insertion and a deletion mutation located within its nifV gene. A NifV+ phenotype was obtained only when both the C. pasteurianum nifV omega and nifV alpha genes were introduced into the chromosome of this mutant strain. These results suggest that the nifV omega and nifV alpha genes encode separate domains, both of which are required for homocitrate synthesis in C. pasteurianum. PMID:2022611

  16. DNA sequence and genetic analysis of the Rhodobacter capsulatus nifENX gene region: homology between NifX and NifB suggests involvement of NifX in processing of the iron-molybdenum cofactor.

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    Moreno-Vivian, C; Schmehl, M; Masepohl, B; Arnold, W; Klipp, W

    1989-04-01

    Rhodobacter capsulatus genes homologous to Klebsiella pneumoniae nifE, nifN and nifX were identified by DNA sequence analysis of a 4282 bp fragment of nif region A. Four open reading frames coding for a 51,188 (NifE), a 49,459 (NifN), a 17,459 (NifX) and a 17,472 (ORF4) dalton protein were detected. A typical NifA activated consensus promoter and two imperfect putative NifA binding sites were located in the 377 bp sequence in front of the nifE coding region. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequences of R. capsulatus NifE and NifN revealed homologies not only to analogous gene products of other organisms but also to the alpha and beta subunits of the nitrogenase iron-molybdenum protein. In addition, the R. capsulatus nifE and nifN proteins shared considerable homology with each other. The map position of nifX downstream of nifEN corresponded in R. capsulatus and K. pneumoniae and the deduced molecular weights of both proteins were nearly identical. Nevertheless, R. capsulatus NifX was more related to the C-terminal end of NifY from K. pneumoniae than to NifX. A small domain of approximately 33 amino acid residues showing the highest degree of homology between NifY and NifX was also present in all nifB proteins analyzed so far. This homology indicated an evolutionary relationship of nifX, nifY and nifB and also suggested that NifX and NifY might play a role in maturation and/or stability of the iron-molybdenum cofactor. The open reading frame (ORF4) downstream of nifX in R. capsulatus is also present in Azotobacter vinelandii but not in K. pneumoniae.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2747620

  17. Reconstruction and minimal gene requirements for the alternative iron-only nitrogenase in Escherichia coli

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    Yang, Jianguo; Xie, Xiaqing; Wang, Xia; Dixon, Ray; Wang, Yi-Ping

    2014-01-01

    All diazotrophic organisms sequenced to date encode a molybdenum-dependent nitrogenase, but some also have alternative nitrogenases that are dependent on either vanadium (VFe) or iron only (FeFe) for activity. In Azotobacter vinelandii, expression of the three different types of nitrogenase is regulated in response to metal availability. The majority of genes required for nitrogen fixation in this organism are encoded in the nitrogen fixation (nif) gene clusters, whereas genes specific for vanadium- or iron-dependent diazotophy are encoded by the vanadium nitrogen fixation (vnf) and alternative nitrogen fixation (anf) genes, respectively. Due to the complexities of metal-dependent regulation and gene redundancy in A. vinelandii, it has been difficult to determine the precise genetic requirements for alternative nitrogen fixation. In this study, we have used Escherichia coli as a chassis to build an artificial iron-only (Anf) nitrogenase system composed of defined anf and nif genes. Using this system, we demonstrate that the pathway for biosynthesis of the iron-only cofactor (FeFe-co) is likely to be simpler than the pathway for biosynthesis of the molybdenum-dependent cofactor (FeMo-co) equivalent. A number of genes considered to be essential for nitrogen fixation by FeFe nitrogenase, including nifM, vnfEN, and anfOR, are not required for the artificial Anf system in E. coli. This finding has enabled us to engineer a minimal FeFe nitrogenase system comprising the structural anfHDGK genes and the nifBUSV genes required for metallocluster biosynthesis, with nifF and nifJ providing electron transport to the alternative nitrogenase. This minimal Anf system has potential implications for engineering diazotrophy in eukaryotes, particularly in compartments (e.g., organelles) where molybdenum may be limiting. PMID:25139995

  18. Purification and characterization of a FeMo cofactor-deficient MoFe protein.

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    Gavini, N; Ma, L; Watt, G; Burgess, B K

    1994-10-01

    Previous studies have shown that the nifH gene product is required for FeMo cofactor biosynthesis and insertion and that a delta nifH strain of Azotobacter vinelandii designated DJ54 accumulates a FeMo cofactor-deficient MoFe protein that is distinct from the FeMo cofactor-deficient protein synthesis by Nif B-, N-, or E- strains [Tal, S., Chun, T., Gavini, N., & Burgess, B. K. (1991) J. Biol. Chem. 266, 10654-10657]. Here we report the purification and activation of the MoFe protein from DJ54. The purified protein is an alpha 2 beta 2 tetramer that is indistinguishable from the wild-type MoFe protein by the criteria of SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, native gel electrophoresis, and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. It binds normally to its redox partner, the Fe protein, by the criterion of chemical cross-linking. It does not contain FeMo cofactor and does not catalyze significant C2H2 reduction or reduction-independent MgATP hydrolysis. It can, however, be activated with FeMo cofactor following the addition of the Fe protein and MgATP when an additional required component(s) is supplied by cell-free extracts from a delta nifD strain of A. vinelandii. The purified DJ54 MoFe protein does contain P-clusters by the criteria of metal analysis, CD spectroscopy, cluster extrusion, and electrochemical reduction of the POX state. In the presence of dithionite it exhibits an axial S = 1/2 EPR signal that integrates to 0.1-0.3 spin per alpha 2 beta 2 tetramer.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7918402

  19. 100th American society for microbiology annual meeting.

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    Zawadzke, L; Thanassi, J; Pucci, M; Dougherty, T; Barrett, J F

    2000-08-01

    The 100th ASM Annual Meeting, attended by approximately 10,000 delegates, continued the trend of concentrating on bacteria and antibacterial therapy, mixed with genomics and a diverse number of additional topics. Of the various marketable drug classes, the quinolones received attention with respect to susceptibility studies and several drug comparison studies. New marketable drugs were also of interest, especially given the reservoirs of resistance presented by several speakers. Drugs in development include the antibacterial daptomycin and protegrins and the antifungal lipodepsinonapeptides and echinocandins, to name a few. It is still unclear whether or not antibiotic treatment regimens for Chlamydia pneumonia will he necessary, as association of this bacteria with several chronic diseases, such as atherosclerosis and asthma, was discussed. The development of novel antibiotics was highlighted and the potential role that microbial genomics technology could play was a recurring theme. In fact, a number of symposia treated the increasingly popular topic of genomics in a variety of themes, including phenotyping arrays, transcriptional profiling, proteomics, expression profiling, genome sequencing, target areas or essentiality of genes via gene knockout systems, the role of genomics in pharmaceutical development and fungal genomics. Similarly, genomics plays a role in developing a deeper appreciation for classical areas of interest in microbial physiology, such as gene regulation, cell division, fatty acid biosynthesis, DNA replication and cell signalling. Even in the bio-inorganic field of study in microbial metabolite activation, genomics plays a role. The sequencing of the large gene clusters of the auxiliary proteins necessary to synthesise or activate the metallo-proteins provided insights into the mechanisms of activation of these microbial enzymes, including the genes for the nif gene cluster in Azotobacter vinelandii, the urease from Kiebsiella aerogenes and

  20. Electron donation to the flavoprotein NifL, a redox-sensing transcriptional regulator.

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    Macheroux, P; Hill, S; Austin, S; Eydmann, T; Jones, T; Kim, S O; Poole, R; Dixon, R

    1998-06-01

    Transcriptional control of the nitrogen fixation (nif) genes in response to oxygen in Azotobacter vinelandii is mediated by nitrogen fixation regulatory protein L (NifL), a regulatory flavoprotein that modulates the activity of the transcriptional activator nitrogen fixation regulatory protein A (NifA). CD spectra of purified NifL indicate that FAD is bound to NifL in an asymmetric environment and the protein is predominantly alpha-helical. The redox potential of NifL is -226 mV at pH 8 as determined by the enzymic reduction of NifL by xanthine oxidase/xanthine in the presence of appropriate mediators. The reduction of NifL by xanthine oxidase prevented NifL from acting as an inhibitor of NifA. In the absence of electron mediators NifL could also be reduced by Escherichia coli flavohaemoprotein (Hmp) with NADH as reductant. Hmp contains a globin-like domain with haem B as prosthetic group and an FAD-containing oxidoreductase module. The carboxyferrohaem form of Hmp was competent to reduce NifL, suggesting that electron donation to NifL originates from the flavin in Hmp rather than by direct electron transfer from the haem. Spinach ferredoxin:NAD(P) oxidoreductase, which adopts a folding similar to the FAD- and NAD-binding domains of Hmp, also reduced NifL with NADH as reductant. Re-oxidation of NifL occurs rapidly in the presence of air, raising the possibility that NifL might sense intracellular oxygen. We propose a physiological redox cycle in which the oxidation of NifL by oxygen and hence the activation of its inhibitory properties occurs rapidly, in contrast with the switch from the active to the reduced form of NifL, which occurs more slowly. PMID:9601070

  1. Reconstruction and minimal gene requirements for the alternative iron-only nitrogenase in Escherichia coli.

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    Yang, Jianguo; Xie, Xiaqing; Wang, Xia; Dixon, Ray; Wang, Yi-Ping

    2014-09-01

    All diazotrophic organisms sequenced to date encode a molybdenum-dependent nitrogenase, but some also have alternative nitrogenases that are dependent on either vanadium (VFe) or iron only (FeFe) for activity. In Azotobacter vinelandii, expression of the three different types of nitrogenase is regulated in response to metal availability. The majority of genes required for nitrogen fixation in this organism are encoded in the nitrogen fixation (nif) gene clusters, whereas genes specific for vanadium- or iron-dependent diazotophy are encoded by the vanadium nitrogen fixation (vnf) and alternative nitrogen fixation (anf) genes, respectively. Due to the complexities of metal-dependent regulation and gene redundancy in A. vinelandii, it has been difficult to determine the precise genetic requirements for alternative nitrogen fixation. In this study, we have used Escherichia coli as a chassis to build an artificial iron-only (Anf) nitrogenase system composed of defined anf and nif genes. Using this system, we demonstrate that the pathway for biosynthesis of the iron-only cofactor (FeFe-co) is likely to be simpler than the pathway for biosynthesis of the molybdenum-dependent cofactor (FeMo-co) equivalent. A number of genes considered to be essential for nitrogen fixation by FeFe nitrogenase, including nifM, vnfEN, and anfOR, are not required for the artificial Anf system in E. coli. This finding has enabled us to engineer a minimal FeFe nitrogenase system comprising the structural anfHDGK genes and the nifBUSV genes required for metallocluster biosynthesis, with nifF and nifJ providing electron transport to the alternative nitrogenase. This minimal Anf system has potential implications for engineering diazotrophy in eukaryotes, particularly in compartments (e.g., organelles) where molybdenum may be limiting. PMID:25139995

  2. FeMo cofactor synthesis by a nifH mutant with altered MgATP reactivity.

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    Gavini, N; Burgess, B K

    1992-10-15

    We have characterized a Nif- mutant of Azotobacter vinelandii, designated UW91 (Shah, V. K., Davis, L. C., Gordon, J. K., Orme-Johnson, W. H., and Brill, W. J. (1973) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 292, 246-255). The specific Fe protein mutation giving rise to the Nif- phenotype was shown by DNA sequencing and site-directed mutagenesis to be the substitution of a conserved alanine at position 157 by a serine. The UW91 Fe protein was purified and shown to have a normal [4Fe-4S] cluster and normal MgATP binding activity. The substitution of alanine 157 by serine, however, prevents the MgATP-induced conformational change that occurs for the wild-type Fe protein, prevents MgATP hydrolysis, and prevents productive electron transfer to the MoFe protein. The UW91 Fe protein does bind to the MoFe protein to give a normal cross-linking pattern; however, it does not compete very successfully with wild-type Fe protein in an activity assay. The UW91 MoFe protein was also purified and characterized and shown to be indistinguishable from the wild-type protein. Thus, the substitution of Fe protein residue alanine 157 by serine does not change the Fe protein's ability to function in FeMo cofactor biosynthesis or insertion. This demonstrates that these events do not require the MgATP-induced conformational change, MgATP hydrolysis, or productive electron transfer to the MoFe protein. PMID:1400428

  3. GlnD is essential for NifA activation, NtrB/NtrC-regulated gene expression, and posttranslational regulation of nitrogenase activity in the photosynthetic, nitrogen-fixing bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum.

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    Zhang, Yaoping; Pohlmann, Edward L; Roberts, Gary P

    2005-02-01

    GlnD is a bifunctional uridylyltransferase/uridylyl-removing enzyme and is thought to be the primary sensor of nitrogen status in the cell. It plays an important role in nitrogen assimilation and metabolism by reversibly regulating the modification of P(II) proteins, which in turn regulate a variety of other proteins. We report here the characterization of glnD mutants from the photosynthetic, nitrogen-fixing bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum and the analysis of the roles of GlnD in the regulation of nitrogen fixation. Unlike glnD mutations in Azotobacter vinelandii and some other bacteria, glnD deletion mutations are not lethal in R. rubrum. Such mutants grew well in minimal medium with glutamate as the sole nitrogen source, although they grew slowly with ammonium as the sole nitrogen source (MN medium) and were unable to fix N(2). The slow growth in MN medium is apparently due to low glutamine synthetase activity, because a DeltaglnD strain with an altered glutamine synthetase that cannot be adenylylated can grow well in MN medium. Various mutation and complementation studies were used to show that the critical uridylyltransferase activity of GlnD is localized to the N-terminal region. Mutants with intermediate levels of uridylyltransferase activity are differentially defective in nif gene expression, the posttranslational regulation of nitrogenase, and NtrB/NtrC function, indicating the complexity of the physiological role of GlnD. These results have implications for the interpretation of results obtained with GlnD in many other organisms. PMID:15687189

  4. Controlled expression of nif and isc iron-sulfur protein maturation components reveals target specificity and limited functional replacement between the two systems.

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    Dos Santos, Patricia C; Johnson, Deborah C; Ragle, Brook E; Unciuleac, Mihaela-Carmen; Dean, Dennis R

    2007-04-01

    The nitrogen-fixing organism Azotobacter vinelandii contains at least two systems that catalyze formation of [Fe-S] clusters. One of these systems is encoded by nif genes, whose products supply [Fe-S] clusters required for maturation of nitrogenase. The other system is encoded by isc genes, whose products are required for maturation of [Fe-S] proteins that participate in general metabolic processes. The two systems are similar in that they include an enzyme for the mobilization of sulfur (NifS or IscS) and an assembly scaffold (NifU or IscU) upon which [Fe-S] clusters are formed. Normal cellular levels of the Nif system, which supplies [Fe-S] clusters for the maturation of nitrogenase, cannot also supply [Fe-S] clusters for the maturation of other cellular [Fe-S] proteins. Conversely, when produced at the normal physiological levels, the Isc system cannot supply [Fe-S] clusters for the maturation of nitrogenase. In the present work we found that such target specificity for IscU can be overcome by elevated production of NifU. We also found that NifU, when expressed at normal levels, is able to partially replace the function of IscU if cells are cultured under low-oxygen-availability conditions. In contrast to the situation with IscU, we could not establish conditions in which the function of IscS could be replaced by NifS. We also found that elevated expression of the Isc components, as a result of deletion of the regulatory iscR gene, improved the capacity for nitrogen-fixing growth of strains deficient in either NifU or NifS. PMID:17237162

  5. Cloning, expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of NifH1 from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii

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    Solving the structure of MjNifH1 may help in better understanding its function and may supply some clues to understanding the evolution of nitrogenase. The full-length protein with an additional His6 tag at the C-terminus was expressed, purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 287 K. Nitrogen fixation is catalyzed by the nitrogenase complex in Azotobacter, which is composed of dinitrogenase and dinitrogenase reductase. Dinitrogenase is an α2β2 heterotetramer of the proteins NifD and NifK. Dinitrogenase reductase is a homodimer of the protein NifH. The expression of NifD/K and NifH nitrogenase homologues (named NflD/K and NflH for Nif-like D and H, respectively) has been detected in the non-nitrogen-fixing hyperthermophilic methanogen Methanocaldococcus jannaschii. Solving the structure of MjNifH1 may help in better understanding its function and may supply some clues to understanding the evolution of nitrogenase. The full-length protein with an additional His6 tag at the C-terminus was expressed, purified and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 287 K. An X-ray diffraction data set was collected to a resolution of 3.3 Å. The crystal belonged to space group P4132, with unit-cell parameters a = b = c = 139.45 Å, and was estimated to contain one protein molecule per asymmetric unit

  6. Grain, milling, and head rice yields as affected by nitrogen rate and bio-fertilizer application

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the effects of nitrogen rate and bio-fertilizer application on grain, milling, and head rice yields, a field experiment was conducted at Rice Research Station of Tonekabon, Iran, in 2013. The experimental design was a factorial treatment arrangement in a randomized complete block with three replicates. Factors were three N rates (0, 75, and 150 kg ha-1 and two bio-fertilizer applications (inoculation and uninoculation with Nitroxin, a liquid bio-fertilizer containing Azospirillum spp. and Azotobacter spp. bacteria. Analysis of variance showed that rice grain yield, panicle number per m2, grain number per panicle, flag leaves area, biological yield, grains N concentration and uptake, grain protein concentration, and head rice yield were significantly affected by N rate, while bio-fertilizer application had significant effect on rice grain yield, grain number per panicle, flag leaves area, biological yield, harvest index, grains N concentration and uptake, and grain protein concentration. Results showed that regardless of bio-fertilizer application, rice grain and biological yields were significantly increased as N application rate increased from 0 to 75 kg ha-1, but did not significantly increase at the higher N rate (150 kg ha-1. Grain yield was significantly increased following bio-fertilizer application when averaged across N rates. Grains N concentration and uptake were significantly increased as N rate increased up to 75 kg ha-1, but further increases in N rate had no significant effect on these traits. Bio-fertilizer application increased significantly grains N concentration and uptake, when averaged across N rates. Regardless of bio-fertilizer application, head rice yield was significantly increased from 56 % to 60 % when N rate increased from 0 to 150 kg ha-1. Therefore, this experiment illustrated that rice grain and head yields increased with increasing N rate, while bio-fertilizer application increased only rice grain

  7. Assessment of compost as a bio-fertilizer for the growth of paddy.

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    Jelin, J; Dhanarajan, M S; Mariappan, V

    2013-11-01

    The vegetable wastes were converted into compost by a stepwise degradation and its characteristics were studied and analysed at each stage. The temperature increased from 290C to 60 degrees C on 60th day and reached 33 degrees C on 90th day. Shift of pH from 7.6 to 7.3 on 60th day caused a shift of microflora from 12.01 x 10(7) to 11.13 x 10(8) CFU ml(-1) on 30th day and 63.2 x 10(6) on 60th day and 36.75 x 10(6) on 90th day. Shift of microflora caused high decomposition of the waste into compost which were used for enriching the soil as manures. The other characteristics such as moisture, ash content and C:N ratio established the short period required for preparing a complete compost of good quality. The study showed the efficiency of these organisms as plant growth promoting rhizobacteria. Combinations of microorganisms with compost act as a good biofertilizer which improves the fertility of soil and increases plant growth. Better results were produced by organisms in combinations like Azospirillum, Rhizobium and Azotobacter. The least growth in shoot length (64 cm) total fresh weight (151g) and total dry weight (3.994 g) were observed in paddy grown in soil and Bacillus combination, but microbial mixture of compost and soil gave high paddy growth efficiency. The present study concludes that the rhizospheric organisms play well as plant growth promoting agents and gave a better yield and growth of plants in combination with the compost. PMID:24555324

  8. Nature's polyoxometalate chemistry: X-ray structure of the Mo storage protein loaded with discrete polynuclear Mo-O clusters.

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    Kowalewski, Björn; Poppe, Juliane; Demmer, Ulrike; Warkentin, Eberhard; Dierks, Thomas; Ermler, Ulrich; Schneider, Klaus

    2012-06-13

    Some N(2)-fixing bacteria prolong the functionality of nitrogenase in molybdenum starvation by a special Mo storage protein (MoSto) that can store more than 100 Mo atoms. The presented 1.6 Å X-ray structure of MoSto from Azotobacter vinelandii reveals various discrete polyoxomolybdate clusters, three covalently and three noncovalently bound Mo(8), three Mo(5-7), and one Mo(3) clusters, and several low occupied, so far undefinable clusters, which are embedded in specific pockets inside a locked cage-shaped (αβ)(3) protein complex. The structurally identical Mo(8) clusters (three layers of two, four, and two MoO(n) octahedra) are distinguishable from the [Mo(8)O(26)](4-) cluster formed in acidic solutions by two displaced MoO(n) octahedra implicating three kinetically labile terminal ligands. Stabilization in the covalent Mo(8) cluster is achieved by Mo bonding to Hisα156-N(ε2) and Gluα129-O(ε1). The absence of covalent protein interactions in the noncovalent Mo(8) cluster is compensated by a more extended hydrogen-bond network involving three pronounced histidines. One displaced MoO(n) octahedron might serve as nucleation site for an inhomogeneous Mo(5-7) cluster largely surrounded by bulk solvent. In the Mo(3) cluster located on the 3-fold axis, the three accurately positioned His140-N(ε2) atoms of the α subunits coordinate to the Mo atoms. The formed polyoxomolybdate clusters of MoSto, not detectable in bulk solvent, are the result of an interplay between self- and protein-driven assembly processes that unite inorganic supramolecular and protein chemistry in a host-guest system. Template, nucleation/protection, and catalyst functions of the polypeptide as well as perspectives for designing new clusters are discussed. PMID:22612644

  9. Integrated bioethanol and biomanure production from potato waste.

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    Chintagunta, Anjani Devi; Jacob, Samuel; Banerjee, Rintu

    2016-03-01

    Disposal of potato processing waste and the problem of pollution associated with it is a vital issue that is being faced by the potato processing plants. The conventional peeling methods presently followed in the processing plants for removing the potato peel, also result in the loss of some portion of the mash which is rich in starch. Indiscriminate discharge of the waste causes detrimental effects in the environment, so this problem can be resolved by successful utilization of the waste for the generation of value added products. Hence, the present work focuses on integrated production of bioethanol and biomanure to utilize the waste completely leading to zero waste generation. The first part of the work describes a comparative study of ethanol production from potato peel and mash wastes by employing co-culture of Aspergillus niger and Saccharomyces cerevisiae at various incubation time (24-120 h) instead of application of enzymes. The solid state fermentation of potato peel and mash inoculated with co-culture, resulted in bioethanol production of 6.18% (v/v) and 9.30% (v/v) respectively. In the second part of the work, the residue obtained after ethanol production was inoculated with seven different microorganisms (Nostoc muscorum, Fischerella muscicola, Anabaena variabilis, Aulosira fertilissima, Cylindrospermum muscicola, Azospirillium lipoferum, Azotobacter chroococcum) and mixture of all the organisms in equal ratio for nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) enrichment. Among them, A. variabilis was found to enrich N, P and K content of the residue by nearly 7.66, 21.66 and 15 fold than that of the initial content, ultimately leading to improved N:P:K ratio of approximately 2:1:1. The application of simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) for the conversion of potato waste to ethanol and enrichment of residue obtained after ethanol production with microorganisms to be used as manure envisages environmental sustainability. PMID:26316099

  10. Actinorhizal Alder Phytostabilization Alters Microbial Community Dynamics in Gold Mine Waste Rock from Northern Quebec: A Greenhouse Study.

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    Full Text Available Phytotechnologies are rapidly replacing conventional ex-situ remediation techniques as they have the added benefit of restoring aesthetic value, important in the reclamation of mine sites. Alders are pioneer species that can tolerate and proliferate in nutrient-poor, contaminated environments, largely due to symbiotic root associations with the N2-fixing bacteria, Frankia and ectomycorrhizal (ECM fungi. In this study, we investigated the growth of two Frankia-inoculated (actinorhizal alder species, A. crispa and A. glutinosa, in gold mine waste rock from northern Quebec. Alder species had similar survival rates and positively impacted soil quality and physico-chemical properties in similar ways, restoring soil pH to neutrality and reducing extractable metals up to two-fold, while not hyperaccumulating them into above-ground plant biomass. A. glutinosa outperformed A. crispa in terms of growth, as estimated by the seedling volume index (SVI, and root length. Pyrosequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene for bacteria and the ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS region for fungi provided a comprehensive, direct characterization of microbial communities in gold mine waste rock and fine tailings. Plant- and treatment-specific shifts in soil microbial community compositions were observed in planted mine residues. Shannon diversity and the abundance of microbes involved in key ecosystem processes such as contaminant degradation (Sphingomonas, Sphingobium and Pseudomonas, metal sequestration (Brevundimonas and Caulobacter and N2-fixation (Azotobacter, Mesorhizobium, Rhizobium and Pseudomonas increased over time, i.e., as plants established in mine waste rock. Acetate mineralization and most probable number (MPN assays showed that revegetation positively stimulated both bulk and rhizosphere communities, increasing microbial density (biomass increase of 2 orders of magnitude and mineralization (five-fold. Genomic techniques proved useful in

  11. Effect of integrated nutrient management on herbage yield of black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger L.

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    Atul Kumar Gupta

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    Full Text Available A field experiment was carried out at Medicinal Plants Research and Development Centre (MRDC , G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, during Rabi season of 2008-09 and 2009-10 to quantify the effect of integrated nutrient management (INM on herbage yield of black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger L. . Soil of experimental field was sandy loam with pH 6.81, rich in organic carbon (0.92% medium in available phosphorus (23.41 kg ha-1 and exchangeable potassium (209.42 kg ha-1, but low in available nitrogen (223.46 kg ha-1. The experiment was laid out in a randomized block design (RBD with 12 treatments using inorganic fertilizers, vermicompost and biofertilizers (Azotobacter and phosphate solubilizing bacteria in different combinations including one control treatment. The treatments were control, recommended NPK (100:50:50 kg ha-1, 75% recommended NPK+2.5 tons ha-1 vermicompost (VC, 50% recommended NPK + 5.0 tons ha-1 VC, 25% recommended NPK + 7.5 tons ha-1 VC, 10 tons ha-1 VC, recommended NPK + biofertilizers, 75% recommended NPK + 2.5 tons ha-1 VC + biofertilizers, 50% recommended NPK + 5.0 tons ha-1 biofertilizers, 25% recommended NPK + 7.5 VC tons ha-1 + biofertilizers, 10 tons ha-1 VC + biofertilizers and biofertilizers alone. Dry herbage yield of H. niger increased with integrated application of inorganic and organic nutrients. A significant increase in herbage yield was observed with 75% recommended NPK + 2.5 tons ha-1 VC + biofertilizers followed by 75% recommended NPK + 2.5 tons ha-1 VC. It is therefore recommended that, 75 % recommended NPK along with 2.5 t ha-1 VC with or without biofertilizers is best to obtain maximum herbage yield of black henbane.

  12. The role of vanadium in biology.

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    Rehder, Dieter

    2015-05-01

    Vanadium is special in at least two respects: on the one hand, the tetrahedral anion vanadate(v) is similar to the phosphate anion; vanadate can thus interact with various physiological substrates that are otherwise functionalized by phosphate. On the other hand, the transition metal vanadium can easily expand its sphere beyond tetrahedral coordination, and switch between the oxidation states +v, +iv and +iii in a physiological environment. The similarity between vanadate and phosphate may account for the antidiabetic potential of vanadium compounds with carrier ligands such as maltolate and picolinate, and also for vanadium's mediation in cardiovascular and neuronal defects. Other potential medicinal applications of more complex vanadium coordination compounds, for example in the treatment of parasitic tropical diseases, may also be rooted in the specific properties of the ligand sphere. The ease of the change in the oxidation state of vanadium is employed by prokarya (bacteria and cyanobacteria) as well as by eukarya (algae and fungi) in respiratory and enzymatic functions. Macroalgae (seaweeds), fungi, lichens and Streptomyces bacteria have available haloperoxidases, and hence enzymes that enable the 2-electron oxidation of halide X(-) with peroxide, catalyzed by a Lewis-acidic V(V) center. The X(+) species thus formed can be employed to oxidatively halogenate organic substrates, a fact with implications also for the chemical processes in the atmosphere. Vanadium-dependent nitrogenases in bacteria (Azotobacter) and cyanobacteria (Anabaena) convert N2 + H(+) to NH4(+) + H2, but are also receptive for alternative substrates such as CO and C2H2. Among the enigmas to be solved with respect to the utilization of vanadium in nature is the accumulation of V(III) by some sea squirts and fan worms, as well as the purport of the nonoxido V(IV) compound amavadin in the fly agaric. PMID:25608665

  13. Microbial consortium role in processing liquid waste of vegetables in Keputran Market Surabaya as organic liquid fertilizer ferti-plus

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    Rizqi, Fauziah; Supriyanto, Agus; Lestari, Intan; Lita Indri D., L.; Elmi Irmayanti, A.; Rahmaniyah, Fadilatur

    2016-03-01

    Many activities in this market is directly proportional to increase production of vegetables waste, especially surabaya. Therefore, in this study aims to utilize liquid waste of vegetables into liquid organic fertilizer by mixing microbial consorsium. The microbial consorsium consist of Azotobacter chrococcum, Azospirillum brasilense, Rhizobium leguminosarum, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus megaterium, Pseudomonas putida, and Pseudomonas fluorescens. Ttreatment of microbial concentrations (5%, 10%, 15%) and the length of the incubation period (7 days, 14 days, 21 days) used in this research. The parameters used are: C/N ratio, levels of CNP, and BOD value. This study uses a standard organic fertilizer value according SNI19-7030-2004, The results show the value of C/N ratio comply with the ISO standards. C levels showed an increase during the incubation period but not compare with standards. N levels that compare with standards are microbial treatment in all group concentration except control group with an incubation period of 21 days is > 7. P levels compare with the existing standards in the group of microbe concentration of 10% and 15% during the incubation period. The value of the initial BOD liquid waste of vegetable is 790.25 mg / L, this value indicates that the waste should not go into the water body. Accordingly, the results of this study can not be used as a liquid organic fertilizer, but potentially if it is used as a natural career or build natural soil. The Building natural soil is defined as the natural ingredients that can be used to improve soil properties.

  14. Comparative study of microflora in Rhizospheric soils of Argania spinosa and Acacia raddiana of the arid zone from Oued El Ma (Tindouf)

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    Tissouras, Fatiha; Habib, Semira; Missoum, Malika; Louacini, Braim Kamel

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    Desert soils occupy a large area in Algeria (80Moreover, exploitation of the Saharan soil microorganisms has several interests and especially in maintaining the ecological equilibrium of ecosystems. Unfortunately, few of microbiological studies have been conducted so far about the Saharan soil Algerian, with the exception of some work done on the desert soils in the region of Beni Ounif. This work falls within the framework of Project CNEPRU F02320100009. The study focuses on an evaluation of the main germs rhizosphere soils from Argania spinosa and Acacia raddiana of the region of Oued El-ma (wilaya of Tindouf), located in southwest Algeria, followed by physicochemical analysis of some parameters (soil texture, pH, moisture content, organic matter). The results reveal that both rhizosphere soils have a sandy silt texture of alkali pH, with very low water content slightly different. Organic material of the rate varies from 0.2 to 1The type of vegetation influences positively the quantity and the dynamics of microbial population. Indeed, the two soils have an interesting microbial diversity, with densities of azotobacters, fungi, aerobic bacteria and actinomycetes are very high, followed germs ammonifiants, nitrifying and denitrifying. In the presence of Argania spinosa the microbial growth is most important (6.53 × 107 germs /g soil), compared with Acacia raddiana (3.13 × 107 germs /g). This shows the stimulating effect of the vegetation on the increase in the rate of these microorganisms in the soil. Well as the strong Fitness of adaptation the microbial biomass to drought. Keywords: Argania spinoza; Acacia raddiana; rhizospheric soil; microbiology evaluation.

  15. Shorter Life Span of Microorganisms and Plants as a Consequence of Shielded Magnetic Environment

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    Dobrota, C.; Piso, I. M.; Bathory, D.

    The geomagnetic field is an essential environmental factor for life and health on this planet. In order to survey how magnetic fields affect the life span and the nitrogenase (an iron-sulphur enzyme) activity of Azotobacter chroococcum as well as the life span, the main organic synthesis and the water balance of plants (22 species), the biological tests were incubated under shielded magnetic field and also in normal geo-magnetic environment. The shielding level was about 10-6 of the terrestrial magnetic field.Life cycles of all organisms require the co-ordinated control of a complex set of interlocked physiological processes and metabolic pathways. Such processes are likely to be regulated by a large number of genes. Our researches suggest that the main point in biological structures, which seems to be affected by the low magnetic environment, is the water molecule. Magnetic field induces a molecular alignment. Under shielded conditions, unstructured water molecules with fewer hydrogen bonds, which are producing a more reactive environment, are occurring. As compared to control, the life span of both microorganisms and plants was shorter in shielded environment. A higher nitrogenase affinity for the substrate was recorded in normal geo-magnetic field compared to low magnetic field. The synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes was modified under experimental conditions. The stomatal conductance was higher between 158 and 300% in shielded environment indicating an important water loss from the plant cells.Our results support the idea that the shielded magnetic environment induces different reactions depending on the time of exposure and on the main metabolic pathways of the cells.

  16. Increasing potassium (K release from K-containing minerals in the presence of insoluble phosphate by bacteria

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    Mohammad Reza Sarikhani

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Phosphorus and potassium are major essential macronutrients for biological growth and development. Application of soil microorganisms is one approach to enhance crop growth. Some bacteria are efficient in releasing K and solubilizing P from mineral sources but their behavior was not studied more in presence together. Materials and methods: In this study the ability of seven bacterial strains, including Pseudomonas putida P13, P. putida Tabriz, P. fluorescens Tabriz, P. fluorescens Chao, Pantoea agglomerans P5, Azotobacter sp. and Bacillus megaterium JK3 to release mineral K from muscovite and biotite with application of insoluble (Ca3(PO42 or soluble (Na2HPO4 P-sources was investigated. Nutrient Broth was used to prepare an overnight culture of bacteria to inoculate in Aleksandrov medium, which was used to study the dissolution of silicate minerals. It should be mentioned that Aleksandrov medium was used to determine the amount of released P from tricalcium phosphate (TCP while muscovite was added to the medium as a sole source of potassium. Concentration of P was determined spectrophotometrically by ammonium-vanadate-molybdate method and K was determined by flame photometry. Results: The insoluble P-source led to a significantly increased released K into assay medium (66%, and the net release of K from the biotite was significantly enhanced. Among bacterial strains, the highest mean of released K was observed with P. putida P13 which released more K (27% than the control. The amounts of released K from micas in the presence of insoluble and soluble phosphate by P. putida P13 were 8.25 and 4.87 mg/g, respectively. Discussion and conclusion: Application of insoluble phosphate could increase K release from mica minerals. The enhanced releasing of mineral K might be attributed to the release of organic acids from the bacteria, a mechanism which plays a pivotal role in solubilizing phosphate from inorganic source of phosphate.

  17. Selenocysteine Lyase.

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    Stadtman, Thressa C

    2004-12-01

    Selenocysteine is a naturally occurring analog of cysteine in which the sulfur atom of the latter is replaced with selenium. This seleno-amino acid occurs as a specific component of various selenoproteins and selenium-dependent enzymes. Incorporation of selenocysteine into these proteins occurs cotranslationally as directed by the UGA codon. For this process, a special tRNA having an anticodon complimentary to UGA, tRNASec, is utilized. In Escherichia coli and related bacteria, this tRNA first is amino acylated with serine, and the seryl-tRNASec is converted to selenocysteyl-tRNASec. The specific incorporation of selenocysteine into proteins directed by the UGA codon depends on the synthesis of selenocysteyl-tRNASec. Included in the selenium delivery protein category are rhodaneses that mobilize selenium from inorganic sources and NIFS-like proteins that liberate elemental selenium from selenocysteine. The NIFS protein from Azotobacter vinelandii was found to serve as an efficient catalyst in vitro for delivery of selenium from free selenocysteine to Escherichia coli selenophosphate synthetase for selenophosphate formation. The widespread distribution of selenocysteine lyase in numerous bacterial species was reported and the bacterial enzymes, like the pig liver enzyme, required pyridoxal phosphate as cofactor. Three NIFS-like genes were isolated from E. coli by Esaki and coworkers and the expressed gene products were isolated and characterized. One of these NIFS-like proteins also exhibited a high preference for selenocysteine over cysteine. M. vannielii, an anaerobic methane-producing organism, that grows in a mineral medium containing formate as sole organic carbon source, synthesizes several specific selenoenzymes required for growth and energy production under these conditions. PMID:26443359

  18. LAS MICORRIZAS ARBUSCULARES Y LAS BACTERIAS RIZOSFÉRICAS COMO ALTERNATIVA A LA NUTRICIÓN MINERAL DEL TOMATE

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    María I. Hernández

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio se desarrolló en el Instituto de Investigaciones Hortícolas "Liliana Dimitrova" durante los años 1996-2000 con la variedad de tomate HC 38-80 sembrada en período tardío. En la fase de semillero se realizó un screening, con el objetivo de seleccionar las cepas de micorrizas arbusculares y rizobacterias más eficientes para el cultivo del tomate, así como las mejores combinaciones. Para ello se determinaron la altura de la planta, el diámetro del tallo, la longitud radical y la masa seca total. Posteriormente, se evaluó el efecto de los biofertilizantes seleccionados y la fertilización mineral en el rendimiento del cultivo, sus componentes y el estado nutricional de la planta. El mejor comportamiento en la fase de semillero se obtuvo con la inoculación de las cepas Glomus mosseae, Glomus fasciculatum, Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter chroococcum, Glomus mosseae + Pseudomonas fluorescens y Glomus mosseae + Azospirillum brasilense. En la fase de campo se observó que el rendimiento y sus componentes se beneficiaron con la aplicación de niveles óptimos de fertilizantes, mientras que para los tratamientos inoculados los mayores valores correspondieron a Glomus mosseae, Glomus mosseae + Pseudomonas flourescens y Glomus mosseae + Azospirillum brasilense combinadas con el 50 % de la fertilización nitrogenada. Los HFMA y su coinoculación con bacterias rizosféricas influyeron de manera positiva en la absorción de nitrógeno y fósforo.

  19. Kajian Penggunaan Pupuk Hayati untuk Mengendalikan Penyakit Akar Gada (Plasmodiophora brassicae pada Tanaman Sawi Daging

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    Diding Rachmawati

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    Full Text Available Pada budidaya tanaman sawi daging (pakcoi  dijumpai berbagai masalah  serius  yang menghambat upaya peningkatan produksi dan kualitas hasil. Salah satu kendala utama adalah penyakit tular tanah yang disebabkan oleh cendawan Plasmopara brassicae Wor . Serangan patogen tular tanah dapat menekan produksi tanaman hortikultura secara significan. Berbagai upaya telah dilakukan untuk mengendalikan patogen tular tanah antara lain dengan menggunakan bekterisida sistemik . Salah satu alternatif pengendalian yang paling prospektif adalah dengan menggunakan pupuk hayati yang telah diperkaya dengan mikroorganisme. antara lain bakteri selulotik, Azotobacter sp., Azospirillium sp., Rhizobium sp., Pseudomonas sp., Lactobacillus sp., dan  bakteri pelarut fosfat yang bertujuan untuk memperbaiki struktur tanah dan mengendalikan penyakit tular tanah. Penelitian dilakukan di kebun percobaan Karangploso BPTP Jatim,  pada bulan Januari sampai dengan April 2014, menggunakan rancangan acak kelompok, 4 perlakuan dan 6 ulangan. Perlakuan  terdiri dari  : A = Pupuk hayati dosis 15 kg/ha,   B = Pupuk hayati dosis 30 kg/ha,  C = Pupuk hayati dosis 45 kg/ha, D = Cara petani. Tujuan penelitian adalah untuk mengetahui efektifitas pupuk hayati dalam mengendalikan penyakit akar gada  P.brassicae  pada tanaman sawi daging. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa pemberian pupuk hayati dosis 45 kg/ha dapat memberikan pertumbuhan yang baik terhadap tinggi tanaman ( 26,50 cm, jumlah daun (21 helai, lebar tajuk (33,25 cm, panjang akar (14,38 cm dan bobot/tanaman (380 g/tanaman. Persentase serangan penyakit akar gada terendah juga ditunjukkan oleh pemberian pupuk hayati dosis 45 kg/ha, yaitu sebesar 1,75 % dan penekanan penyakit sebesar 70,83 %.Kata Kunci : Brassica juncea, pupuk hayati, penyakit bengkak akar

  20. Feasibility of EPS-producing bacterial inoculation to speed up the sand aggregation in the Gurbantunggut Desert, Northwestern China.

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    Wu, Nan; Pan, Hui-Xia; Qiu, Dong; Zhang, Yuan-Ming

    2014-12-01

    Exopolymers are known to be useful in improving sand aggregation and the development of biological soil crusts (BSCs). A facultative bacterium KLBB0001 was isolated from BSCs in the Gurbantunggut Desert in northwestern China. With the strong effective production of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), this strain exhibits a multifunctional role for sand stabilization and maintenance of water under laboratory conditions. Practical testing of the feasibility of its inoculation to speed up BSC recovery in the field was also conducted in this experiment. This strain stimulated the heterotrophic community assembly in the topsoil layer (0-2 cm) before the commencement of autotrophic cyanobacteria, while also significantly increasing the number of bacteria, actinomycetes, and content of total phosphorus, available nitrogen, and available phosphorus. However, the low nitrogenase activity (NA) (0.57 µmol/h) that was observed caused us to doubt the previous identification as Azotobacter Beijerinck that was based on physiological and biochemical properties. A phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed that this strain was a member of the genus Paenibacillus. It exhibited the closest phylogenetic affinity and highest sequence similarity to the strain Paenibacillus mucilaginosus VKPM B-7519 (sequence similarity 99.698%), which is well known as a typical silicate-weathering bacteria that releases lots of nutritional ions from minerals and the soil. Because P. mucilaginosus can excrete carbonic anhydrase (CA) to capture atmospheric CO2 through hydration of CO2 , it is possible that KLBB0001 might use a similar strategy for heterotrophs in the BSCs to sequester CO2 from the air. Because of its potential role in the reestablishment of the BSC ecosystem due to its ability to improve water relations, sand stabilization, and chemical erosion, EPS-producing bacterial inoculation was concluded to be a suitable and effective treatment for BSC recovery

  1. Effect of diazotrophic bacteria as phosphate solubilizing and indolic compound producers on maize plants

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    Mónica Del Pilar López Ortega

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Phosphorus is limiting for growth of maize plants, and because of that use of fertilizers like Rock Phosphate has been proposed. However, direct use of Rock Phosphate is not recommended because of its low availability, so it is necessary to improve it. In this study, a group of diazotrophic bacteria were evaluated as phosphate-solubilizing bacteria, for their production of indolic compounds and for their effects on growth of maize plants. Strains of the genera Azosporillum, Azotobacter, Rhizobium and Klebsiella, were quantitatively evaluated for solubilization of Ca3(PO42 and rock phosphate as a single source of phosphorous in SRS culture media. Additionally, the phosphatase enzyme activity was quantified at pH 5.0, 7.0 and 8.0 using p-nitrophenyl phosphate, and production of indolic compound was determined by colorimetric quantification. The effect of inoculation of bacteria on maize was determined in a completely randomized greenhouse experiment where root and shoot dry weights and phosphorus content were assessed. Results showed that strain C50 produced 107.2 mg .L-1 of available-P after 12 days of fermentation, and AC10 strain had the highest phosphatase activity at pH 8 with 12.7 mg of p-nitrophenol mL .h-1. All strains synthetized indolic compounds, and strain AV5 strain produced the most at 63.03 µg .mL-1. These diazotrophic bacteria increased plant biomass up to 39 % and accumulation of phosphorus by 10%. Hence, use of diazotrphic phosphate-solubilizing bacteria may represent an alternative technology for fertilization systems in maize plants.

  2. Study of quantitative and qualitative yield, chlorophyll content and some growth indices of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. in response to seed inoculation with PGPR at different levels of soil salinity

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    M. Hagh Bahari

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    Full Text Available In order to study of quantitative and qualitative yield, chlorophyll content and some growth indices of wheart (Triticum aestivum L. in response to seed inoculation with plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR at different levels of soil salinity, a factorial experiment based on randomized complete block design with three replications was conducted at Research Greenhouse of Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, in 2011. Experimental factors were soil salinity at four levels (0, 15, 30 and 60 Mm as Nacl and seed inoculation with PGPR in four levels (no inoculation as control, seed inoculation with Azotobacter chrocoocum strain 5, Azospirillum lipoferum strain OF, Pseudomonas putida strain 186. Comparison of means showed that in soil salinity conditions, grain yield per plant, number of grain per spike, grain 100 weight, spike length and root weight increased due to seed inoculation with PGPR compared to without seed inoculation. Investigation of total dry matter accumulation indicated that in all treatment combinations, it increased rapidly until 85 days after sowing. From 85 days after sowing till harvest time, it decreased due to increasing of competition, shedding and aging of leaves. In all treatment combinations, the highest grain yield and total dry matter accumulation per unit area was obtained in treatment combination of seed inoculation with Azosperilium × no soil salinity and the lowest amount was in the highest level of soil salinity × no seed inoculation. Similar trend was obtained in crop growth rate and relative growth rate. Hence, the results of this study showed that in order to increase the quantitative and qualitative yield, chlorophyll content and some other growth indices such as total biomass, crop growth rate and relative growth rate of wheat in soil salinity conditions, it could be suggested that wheat seed inoculation with Azospirillum be applied

  3. EFFICACY OF RHIZOBACTERIA AND HUMIC ACID FOR CONTROLLING FUSARIUM WILT DISEASE AND IMPROVEMENT OF PLANT GROWTH, QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE PARAMETERS IN TOMATO

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    Magd El-Morsy A. El-Morsy

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    Full Text Available The effect of tomato seedling treated with plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR strains viz. Azotobacter sp. (AZM1,Bacillus cereus (BCM8, B. megaterium (BMM5 individually or combined with humic acid were evaluated for controlling wilt disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici, plant growth, fruit quantitative and qualitative (cv. Super Strain-B during 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 growing seasons. Under greenhouse conditions, all treatments significantly reduced area under disease progress curve (AUDPC and increased plant height, fresh and dry weights of survival plants growing in pots infested with the causal pathogen compared with control. Combination treatments of humic acid with PGPR reduced significantly wilt incidence and increased plant height, fresh and dry weights of tomato plants comparing with the application of each of them alone. Under laboratory conditions, all PGPR strains and humic acid able to inhibited leaner growth of the causal pathogen with different degrees and PGPR strains were more active than humic acid in this respect.  Under field conditions, all PGPR stains individually or combined with humic acid significantly reduced AUDPC and improved plant growth (plant height, number of branches plant -1 quantitative (number of fruits plant  -1, fruit weight plant -1, fruit weight, fruit yield fed.  -1, Number of fruit Kg  -1 and qualitative (degree of   fruit’s color, fruit diameters, firmness, fruit height, total soluble solids parameters of tomato fruits compared with untreated plants (control in both growing seasons. Combination treatments of humic acid with PGPR strains increase the effectiveness of them in this respect  more than   used alone.

  4. Global transcriptional analysis of nitrogen fixation and ammonium repression in root-associated Pseudomonas stutzeri A1501

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    Lu Wei

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Biological nitrogen fixation is highly controlled at the transcriptional level by regulatory networks that respond to the availability of fixed nitrogen. In many diazotrophs, addition of excess ammonium in the growth medium results in immediate repression of nif gene transcription. Although the regulatory cascades that control the transcription of the nif genes in proteobacteria have been well investigated, there are limited data on the kinetics of ammonium-dependent repression of nitrogen fixation. Results Here we report a global transcriptional profiling analysis of nitrogen fixation and ammonium repression in Pseudomonas stutzeri A1501, a root-associated and nitrogen-fixing bacterium. A total of 166 genes, including those coding for the global nitrogen regulation (Ntr and Nif-specific regulatory proteins, were upregulated under nitrogen fixation conditions but rapidly downregulated as early as 10 min after ammonium shock. Among these nitrogen fixation-inducible genes, 95 have orthologs in each of Azoarcus sp. BH72 and Azotobacter vinelandii AvoP. In particular, a 49-kb expression island containing nif and other associated genes was markedly downregulated by ammonium shock. Further functional characterization of pnfA, a new NifA-σ54-dependent gene chromosomally linked to nifHDK, is reported. This gene encodes a protein product with an amino acid sequence similar to that of five hypothetical proteins found only in diazotrophic strains. No noticeable differences in the transcription of nifHDK were detected between the wild type strain and pnfA mutant. However, the mutant strain exhibited a significant decrease in nitrogenase activity under microaerobic conditions and lost its ability to use nitrate as a terminal electron acceptor for the support of nitrogen fixation under anaerobic conditions. Conclusions Based on our results, we conclude that transcriptional regulation of nif gene expression in A1501 is mediated by the nif

  5. Role of a ferredoxin gene cotranscribed with the nifHDK operon in N(2) fixation and nitrogenase "switch-off" of Azoarcus sp. strain BH72.

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    Egener, T; Martin, D E; Sarkar, A; Reinhold-Hurek, B

    2001-06-01

    The endophytic diazotroph Azoarcus sp. strain BH72 is capable of infecting rice roots and of expressing the nitrogenase (nif) genes there. In order to study the genetic background for nitrogen fixation in strain BH72, the structural genes of nitrogenase (nifHDK) were cloned and sequenced. The sequence analysis revealed an unusual gene organization: downstream of nifHDK, a ferredoxin gene (fdxN; 59% amino acid sequence identity to R. capsulatus FdxN) and open reading frames showing 52 and 36% amino acid sequence identity to nifY of Pseudomonas stutzeri A15 and ORF1 of Azotobacter vinelandii were located. Northern blot analysis, reverse transcriptase PCR and primer extension analysis revealed that these six genes are located on one transcript transcribed from a sigma(54)-type promoter. Shorter transcripts sequentially missing genes of the 3' part of the full-length mRNA were more abundantly detected. Mutational analyses suggested that FdxN is an important but not the essential electron donor for dinitrogenase reductase. An in-frame deletion of fdxN resulted in reduced growth rates (59% +/- 9%) and nitrogenase activities (81%) in nitrogen-fixing pure cultures in comparison to the wild type. Nitrogenase activity was fully complemented in an fdxN mutant which carried a nifH promoter-driven fdxN gene in trans. Also, in coculture with the ascomycete Acremonium alternatum, where strain BH72 develops intracytoplasmic membrane stacks, the nitrogenase activity in the fdxN deletion mutant was decreased to 56% of the wild-type level. Surprisingly, the fdxN deletion also had an effect on the rapid "switch-off" of nitrogenase activity in response to ammonium. Wild-type strain BH72 and the deletion mutant complemented with fdxN in trans showed a rapid reversible inactivation of acetylene reduction, while the deletion mutant did not cease to reduce acetylene. In concordance with the hypothesis that changes in the redox state of NifH or electron flux towards nitrogenase may be

  6. Cloning, functional organization, transcript studies, and phylogenetic analysis of the complete nitrogenase structural genes (nifHDK2) and associated genes in the archaeon Methanosarcina barkeri 227.

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    Chien, Y T; Zinder, S H

    1996-01-01

    Determination of the nucleotide sequence of the nitrogenase structural genes (nifHDK2) from Methanosarcina barkeri 227 was completed in this study by cloning and sequencing a 2.7-kb BamHI fragment containing the 3' end of nifK2 and 1,390 bp of the nifE2-homologous genes. Open reading frame nifK2 is 1,371 bp long including the stop codon TAA and encodes a polypeptide of 456 amino acids. Phylogenetic analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences of the nifK2 and nifE2 gene products from M. barkeri showed that both genes cluster most closely with the corresponding nif-1 gene products from Clostridium pasteurianum, consistent with our previous analyses of nifH2 and nifD2. The nifE gene product is known to be homologous to that of nifD, and our analysis shows that the branching pattern for the nifE proteins resembles that for the nifD product (with the exception of vnfE from Azotobacter vinelandii), suggesting that a gene duplication occurred before the divergence of nitrogenases. Primer extension showed that nifH2 had a single transcription start site located 34 nucleotides upstream of the ATG translation start site for nifH2, and a sequence resembling the archaeal consensus promoter sequence [TTTA(A/T)ATA] was found 32 nucleotides upstream from that transcription start site. A tract of four T's, previously identified as a transcription termination site in archaea, was found immediately downstream of the nifK2 gene, and a potential promoter was located upstream of the nifE2 gene. Hybridization with nifH2 and nifDK2 probes with M. barkeri RNA revealed a 4.6-kb transcript from N2-grown cells, large enough to harbor nifHDK genes and their internal open reading frames, while no transcript was detected from NH4(+)-grown cells. These results support a model in which the nitrogenase structural genes in M. barkeri are cotranscribed in a single NH4(+)-repressed operon. PMID:8550408

  7. Nucleotide sequence and genetic analysis of the Rhodobacter capsulatus ORF6-nifUI SVW gene region: possible role of NifW in homocitrate processing.

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    Masepohl, B; Angermüller, S; Hennecke, S; Hübner, P; Moreno-Vivian, C; Klipp, W

    1993-04-01

    DNA sequence analysis of a 3494-bp HindIII-BclI fragment of the Rhodobacter capsulatus nif region A revealed genes that are homologous to ORF6, nifU, nifS, nifV and nifW from Azotobacter vinelandii and Klebsiella pneumoniae. R. capsulatus nifU, which is present in two copies, encodes a novel type of NifU protein. The deduced amino acid sequences of NifUI and NifUII share homology only with the C-terminal domain of NifU from A. vinelandii and K. pneumoniae. In contrast to nifA and nifB, which are almost perfectly duplicated, the predicted amino acid sequences of the two NifU proteins showed only 39% sequence identity. Expression of the ORF6-nifUISVW operon, which is preceded by a putative sigma 54-dependent promoter, required the function of NifA and the nif-specific rpoN gene product encoded by nifR4. Analysis of defined insertion and deletion mutants demonstrated that only nifS was absolutely essential for nitrogen fixation in R. capsulatus. Strains carrying mutations in nifV were capable of very slow diazotrophic growth, whereas ORF6, nifUI and nifW mutants as well as a nifUI/nifUII double mutant exhibited a Nif+ phenotype. Interestingly, R. capsulatus nifV mutants were able to reduce acetylene not only to ethylene but also to ethane under conditions preventing the expression of the alternative nitrogenase system. Homocitrate added to the growth medium repressed ethane formation and cured the NifV phenotype in R. capsulatus. Higher concentrations of homocitrate were necessary to complement the NifV phenotype of a polar nifV mutant (NifV-NifW-), indicating a possible role of NifW either in homocitrate transport or in the incorporation of this compound into the iron-molybdenum cofactor of nitrogenase. PMID:8492805

  8. Clostridium pasteurianum W5 synthesizes two NifH-related polypeptides under nitrogen-fixing conditions.

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    Kasap, Murat; Chen, Jiann-Shin

    2005-07-01

    Previous studies identified five nifH-like genes (nifH2 through nifH6) in Clostridium pasteurianum (strain W5), where the nifH1 gene encodes the nitrogenase iron protein. Transcripts of these nifH genes, with the exception of nifH3, were detected in molybdenum-sufficient nitrogen-fixing cells. However, the size of the transcripts, the level of transcription and the presence of polypeptides encoded by the nifH-like genes were not reported. The nifH2 and nifH6 genes were extremely similar, as they seemed to differ by only two bases in a span of 2481 bp, one in the coding region and another in the upstream region. Re-examination of the DNA sequences revealed that the coding region of nifH2 and nifH6 was identical, whereas the difference in the upstream region was confirmed. Results from the authors' ongoing study of the nif genes of single-colony isolates of C. pasteurianum suggest that the nifH6 designation should be eliminated. Here the size of mRNA from nifH2 and the detection of the NifH2 polypeptide in nitrogen-fixing cells of C. pasteurianum are reported. Northern blot analysis of periodically collected nitrogen-fixing cells showed that the nifH1 and nifH2 mRNAs were present throughout growth. Addition of ammonium acetate repressed the transcription of both these genes similarly. Using an antiserum raised against NifH of Azotobacter vinelandii, two NifH-related bands were detected by Western blot analysis after electrophoretic separation of proteins in extracts of nitrogen-fixing C. pasteurianum cells. After separation of proteins by preparative SDS-PAGE, the NifH polypeptides were characterized by MALDI-TOF-MS (matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry) and by ES-MS/MS (electrospray tandem mass spectrometry) analyses. The results confirmed the presence of NifH2, in addition to NifH1, in nitrogen-fixing C. pasteurianum cells. PMID:16000725

  9. Iron is required to relieve inhibitory effects on NifL on transcriptional activation by NifA in Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Schmitz, R A; He, L; Kustu, S

    1996-08-01

    In Klebsiella pneumoniae, products of the nitrogen fixation nifLA operon regulate transcription of the other nif operons. NifA activates transcription by sigma54-holoenzyme. In vivo, NifL antagonizes the action of NifA under aerobic conditions or in the presence of combined nitrogen. In contrast to a previous report, we show that depletion of iron (Fe) from the growth medium with the chelating agent o-phenanthroline (20 microM) mimics aerobiosis or combined nitrogen in giving rise to inhibition of NifA activity even under anaerobic, nitrogen-limiting conditions. Adding back Fe in only twofold molar excess over phenanthroline restores NifA activity, whereas adding other metals fails to do so. By using strains that lack NifL, we showed that NifA activity itself does not require Fe and is not directly affected by phenanthroline. Hence, Fe is required to relieve the inhibition of NifA activity by NifL in vivo. Despite the Fe requirement in vivo, we have found no evidence that NifL contains Fe or an iron-sulfur (Fe-S) cluster. Determination of the molecular mass of an inhibitory form of NifL overproduced under aerobic conditions indicated that it was not posttranslationally modified. When NifL was synthesized in vitro, it inhibited transcriptional activation by NifA even when it was synthesized under anaerobic conditions in the presence of a high Fe concentration or of superoxide dismutase, which is known to protect some Fe-S clusters. Moreover, overproduction of superoxide dismutase in vivo did not relieve NifL, inhibition under aerobic conditions, and attempts to relieve NifL inhibition in vitro by reconstituting Fe-S clusters with the NifS enzyme (Azotobacter vinelandii) were unsuccessful. Since we obtained no evidence that Fe acts directly on NifL or NifA, we postulate that an additional Fe-containing protein, not yet identified, may be required to relieve NifL inhibition under anaerobic, nitrogen-limiting conditions. PMID:8755900

  10. IscA, an alternate scaffold for Fe-S cluster biosynthesis.

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    Krebs, C; Agar, J N; Smith, A D; Frazzon, J; Dean, D R; Huynh, B H; Johnson, M K

    2001-11-20

    An IscA homologue within the nif regulon of Azotobacter vinelandii, designated (Nif)IscA, was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified to homogeneity. Purified (Nif)IscA was found to be a homodimer of 11-kDa subunits that contained no metal centers or other prosthetic groups in its as-isolated form. Possible roles for (Nif)IscA in Fe-S cluster biosynthesis were assessed by investigating the ability to bind iron and to assemble Fe-S clusters in a NifS-directed process, as monitored by the combination of UV-vis absorption, Mössbauer, resonance Raman, variable-temperature magnetic circular dichroism, and EPR spectroscopies. Although (Nif)IscA was found to bind ferrous ion in a tetrahedral, predominantly cysteinyl-ligated coordination environment, the low-binding affinity argues against a specific role as a metallochaperone for the delivery of ferrous ion to other Fe-S cluster assembly proteins. Rather, a role for (Nif)IscA as an alternate scaffold protein for Fe-S cluster biosynthesis is proposed, based on the NifS-directed assembly of approximately one labile [4Fe-4S](2+) cluster per (Nif)IscA homodimer, via a transient [2Fe-2S](2+) cluster intermediate. The cluster assembly process was monitored temporally using UV-vis absorption and Mössbauer spectroscopy, and the intermediate [2Fe-2S](2+)-containing species was additionally characterized by resonance Raman spectroscopy. The Mössbauer and resonance Raman properties of the [2Fe-2S](2+) center are consistent with complete cysteinyl ligation. The presence of three conserved cysteine residues in all IscA proteins and the observed cluster stoichiometry of approximately one [2Fe-2S](2+) or one [4Fe-4S](2+) per homodimer suggest that both cluster types are subunit bridging. In addition, (Nif)IscA was shown to couple delivery of iron and sulfur by using ferrous ion to reduce sulfane sulfur. The ability of Fe-S scaffold proteins to couple the delivery of these two toxic and reactive Fe-S cluster precursors is likely to

  11. Discovery of Evolutionary Divergence of Biological Nitrogen Fixation and Photosynthesis: Fine Tuning of Biogenesis of the NifH and the ChlL by a Peptidyl-Prolyl Cis/Trans Isomerase

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    Nara Gavini

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Despite the structural and functional similarities between the nitrogenase that performs biological nitrogen fixation reaction and the Dark Protochlorphyllide Oxidoreductase (DPOR that performs chlorophyll-biosynthesis, attempts to substitute nitrogenase-components with DPOR-components have hitherto failed. This investigation was undertaken to test if Chlamydomonas reinhardtii protochlorophyllide (Pchlide reductase (ChlL that shares some structural similarity with Nitrogenase Reductase (NifH could complement the functions of NifH in biological nitrogen fixation of Azotobacter vinelandii. Approach: Genetic complementation studies were performed to test if the chlL gene and its mutants cloned under transcriptional control of nifH promoter (nifHp in a broad-host range low copy plasmid pBG1380 could render a Nif+ phenotype to NifH-deficient A. vinelandii strains. Results: Expression of ChlL could render Nif+ phenotype to NifH-deficient A. vinelandii only in the absence of NifM, a nif-specific PPIase essential for biogenesis of NifH. The ChlL mutants Cys95Thr and Cys129Thr were unable to substitute for NifH. Thus, the conserved cysteine ligands of [4Fe-4S] cluster in ChlL are essential for successful substitution of NifH by ChlL. Since C-termini of NifH and ChlL demonstrated the least similarity and Pro258, a substrate for the PPIase activity of NifM, is located in the C-terminus of NifH, we posited that replacing the C-terminus of NifH with that of ChlL would render NifM-independence to NifH. The NifH-ChlL chimera could support the growth of NifH- and NifM-deficient A. vinelandii in nitrogen limiting conditions implying that it has acquired NifM-independence. Conclusion/Recommendations: Collectively, these observations suggest that NifM, an evolutionarily conserved nif-specific PPIase, could have contributed to the functional divergence of biological nitrogen fixation and photosynthesis during evolution by virtue of its ability to

  12. Spatial and temporal characteristics of soil microbial groups in Gaoligongshan%高黎贡山土壤微生物类群动态特征

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    张俊忠; 张成霞; 刘丽; 张东华

    2013-01-01

    The soil samples were collected in different vegetation types and different altitude gradients at depths of 0-20 cm and 20-40 cm in Gaoligongshan.The amount distribution of soil microbial groups with different vegetation types and different altitude were studied by using the microbial incubation methods.The results showed that with the increase of altitude gradients,most of soil microbial groups showed a single peak trend in their quantities,ie,low-high-low.The quantity of soil microbial groups was in the order,ammonifying bacteria > bacillus > denitrifying bacterial > aerobe azotobacte > nitrifiers >azotobacter>phosphorus solubilizing bacteria>aerobe cellulose decomposing bacteria>oligotrophic cellulose decomposing bacteria.Total numbers of soil microbial groups in different vegetation types was in the order,broadleaf forest>mixed wood>shrub forest>coffee land>snowfield.%采集高黎贡山国家自然保护区不同海拔及植被类型下0~20和20~40 cm土层的土壤样品,采用微生物常规分析法测定土壤中氨化细菌、芽孢杆菌、硝化细菌、反硝化细菌、好气性固氮菌、嫌气性固氮菌、好气性纤维素降解菌、嫌气性纤维素降解菌和溶磷菌的数量,分析了不同海拔及植被类型下土壤微生物类群数量的分布特征.结果表明,随海拔的升高,土壤微生物类群的总数量呈单峰变化趋势;各土壤微生物类群数量总体表现为氨化细菌>芽孢杆菌>反硝化细菌>好气性固氮菌>硝化细菌>嫌气性固氮菌>溶磷菌>好气性纤维素降解菌>嫌气纤维素降解菌的分布特点;不同植被类型土壤中,微生物类群总数不同,表现为阔叶林>针阔混交林>稀疏灌丛>咖啡地>雪地.

  13. BIOFERTILIZATION USING RHIZOBACTERIA AND AMF IN THE PRODUCTION OF TOMATO (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. AND ONION (Allium cepa L. SEEDLINGS. II. ROOT COLONIZATION AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Como complemento a estudios precedentes de la biofertilización en posturas de plantas hortícolas sobre suelos Ferralíticos Rojos compactados, eútricos y en áreas experimentales de la Universidad de Ciego de Ávila, se evaluaron los efectos de la inoculación simple y la coinoculación, mediante el recubrimiento de semillas y sin aplicar fertilizantes minerales, con rizobacterias promotoras del crecimiento vegetal -RPCV- (Azospirillum brasilense, Azotobacter chroococcum y Burkholderia cepacia y hongos micorrízicos arbusculares - HMA- (Glomus clarum y G. fasciculatum en algunos indicadores de la colonización radical por los microorganismos y el estado nutricional de plántulas de tomate y cebolla. A partir de los resultados, se evidenció que, para ambos cultivos, las poblaciones de A. chroococcum, B. cepacia y A. brasilense se incrementaron significativamente en aquellos tratamientos inoculados con estas rizobacterias, encontrando, en general, los mayores valores en los tratamientos que fueron coinoculados. Respecto a la micorrización, los mayores porcentajes de colonización micorrízica y masa del endófito en tomate se obtuvieron mediante la coinoculación de A. brasilense con ambas especies de HMA y, para la cebolla, la máxima colonización la realizó G. fasciculatum aplicada de forma independiente, mientras que la masa del endófito fue mayor en la coinoculación de G. clarum + A. chroococcum. En relación con el estado nutricional de las plantas, en tomate, los tratamientos con presencia conjunta de A. brasilense y ambas especies de HMA fueron los que hicieron mayores extracciones de N y estuvieron entre los que realizaron mayores extracciones de P y K. En cebolla, todos los tratamientos inoculados con ambos tipos de microorganismos fueron capaces de extraer mayores cantidades de N, P y K. Todos estos resultados permiten explicar las causas de la obtención de posturas de adecuada calidad mediante la biofertilización sin el uso

  14. Structure of a highly NADP+-specific isocitrate dehydrogenase.

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    Sidhu, Navdeep S; Delbaere, Louis T J; Sheldrick, George M

    2011-10-01

    Isocitrate dehydrogenase catalyzes the first oxidative and decarboxylation steps in the citric acid cycle. It also lies at a crucial bifurcation point between CO2-generating steps in the cycle and carbon-conserving steps in the glyoxylate bypass. Hence, the enzyme is a focus of regulation. The bacterial enzyme is typically dependent on the coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate. The monomeric enzyme from Corynebacterium glutamicum is highly specific towards this coenzyme and the substrate isocitrate while retaining a high overall efficiency. Here, a 1.9 Å resolution crystal structure of the enzyme in complex with its coenzyme and the cofactor Mg2+ is reported. Coenzyme specificity is mediated by interactions with the negatively charged 2'-phosphate group, which is surrounded by the side chains of two arginines, one histidine and, via a water, one lysine residue, forming ion pairs and hydrogen bonds. Comparison with a previous apoenzyme structure indicates that the binding site is essentially preconfigured for coenzyme binding. In a second enzyme molecule in the asymmetric unit negatively charged aspartate and glutamate residues from a symmetry-related enzyme molecule interact with the positively charged arginines, abolishing coenzyme binding. The holoenzyme from C. glutamicum displays a 36° interdomain hinge-opening movement relative to the only previous holoenzyme structure of the monomeric enzyme: that from Azotobacter vinelandii. As a result, the active site is not blocked by the bound coenzyme as in the closed conformation of the latter, but is accessible to the substrate isocitrate. However, the substrate-binding site is disrupted in the open conformation. Hinge points could be pinpointed for the two molecules in the same crystal, which show a 13° hinge-bending movement relative to each other. One of the two pairs of hinge residues is intimately flanked on both sides by the isocitrate-binding site. This suggests that binding of a relatively

  15. INFLUENCE OF FERTILIZATION AND HERBICIDES APPLICATION ON SOIL MICROFLORA AND ELEMENTS OF SUGAR BEET YIELD

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    Andrija Kristek

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Two-year sugar beet trials were set up on two localities: Đakovo (Stagnic Luvisol and Osijek (Dystric Cambisol. The soils showed acid environment respond (pHKCL 4.9 – 5.4 and low humus contents (1.3 – 1.6%. The trial aimed to investigate use possibility of carbocalc (CC – pressed saturated silt (30% CaO and 40 t/ha stable manure in amendment of already determined unfavourable soil properties, increasing number of soil benefit microorganisms, as well as influence of obtained changes in weed control, sugar beet yield and quality. The weeds were controlled once with full-dose herbicides, repeated low-doses and by hoeing. Weed types, their number and weight were determined on 1 m2 in the July second decade. The investigation results show that carbocalc application (CC brought about increased pHKCL to 7.12 – 7.18 whereas stable manure one resulted in humus increased to 1.73 – 1.95%. It was resulted in increasing of number of bacteria, actinomycetes as well as aerobic asimbiotic nitrogen fixing bacteria – Azotobacter chroococcum. Weed prevailed were as follows : Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., Polygonum persicarie L., Amaranthus retroflexus L. and Echinochloa crus galli L. Total number of weeds without protection application was on the average 83.2 weeds/m2 and weight 4012 g. Hoeing resulted in decreased number of weeds to 2.9 weeds/m2 – weight 111 g, repeated herbicides application to 6.3 weeds/m2 – weight 294 g whereas the worst results , at weeds control, were obtained by the once herbicides control variant (9.1 weed/m2 i.e. 534 g. Low- dose herbicide application variants resulted in higher root yield (48.5 t/ha compared to the once application (45.1 t/ha. However, hoeing brought about the highest root (50.8 t/ha and sugar yield (6.2 t/ha. Root yield was very significantly increased and sugar yield significantly by carbocalc (CC application compared to the control.

  16. LA PRODUCCIÓN CIENTÍFICA SOBRE BIOFERTILIZANTES EN CUBA EN EL PERÍODO 2008-2012: UN ANÁLISIS BIBLIOMETRICO DE LAS REVISTAS CUBANAS

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    Maida D. Peña Borrego

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    Full Text Available El estudio tiene como objetivo caracterizar el comportamiento de la investigación científica sobre biofertilizantes en revistas científicas de Cuba durante el período 2008-2012, mediante el análisis de indicadores bibliométricos para determinar las regularidades de la producción científica por autores e instituciones, así como la colaboración entre provincias, instituciones y otras naciones, además de los microorganismos y cultivos agrícolas más trabajados en la temática. Se tomó como fuente de información los artículos publicados en 14 revistas científicas certificadas por el CITMA como publicaciones científicas y tecnológicas. Para el análisis de los datos, se empleó el Excel, ToolInf y Ucinet 6.0. Resultó que el año 2008 fue el más productivo, aunque se manifestó un decrecimiento de los artículos sobre biofertilizantes en el período. Las provincias Mayabeque, La Habana y Villa Clara, constituyen el nicho productivo de estas investigaciones. Las instituciones de mayor actividad científica fueron INCA, INIFAT y la Facultad de Biología de la Universidad de la Habana, estableciéndose fuertes lazos de colaboración en el país hacia la región occidental. Respecto a la colaboración internacional, fueron los países de Brasil y México, los que más contribuyeron a resultados de investigación con entidades cubanas a través de publicaciones nacionales. El sorgo ( Sorghum bicolor y Sorghum vulgare , arroz ( Oryza sativa , col ( Brassica oleracea , tomate ( Solanum lycopersicum , caña ( Saccharum officinarum , maíz ( Zea mays , papaya ( Carica papaya y canavalia ( Canavalia ensiformis fueron los principales cultivos agrícolas en los cuales se evaluaron un mayor número de microorganismos biofertilizantes, que entre los géneros de mayor nivel de estudio se encuentran Glomus , Rhizobium , Bradyrhizobium , Azotobacter , Gluconoacetobacter y Pseudomonas.

  17. Redox balancing in recombinant strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Anderlund, M.

    1998-09-01

    In metabolically engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae expressing Pichia stipitis XYL1 and XYL2 genes, encoding xylose reductase (XR) and xylitol dehydrogenase (XDH), respectively, xylitol is excreted as the major product during anaerobic xylose fermentation and only low yields of ethanol are produced. This has been interpreted as a result of the dual cofactor dependence of XR and the exclusive use of NAD{sup +} by XDH. The excretion of xylitol was completely stopped and the formation of glycerol and acetic acid were reduced in xylose utilising S. cerevisiae strains cultivated in oxygen-limited conditions by expressing lower levels of XR than of XDH. The expression level of XYL1 and XYL2 were controlled by changing the promoters and transcription directions of the genes. A new functional metabolic pathway was established when Thermus thermophilus xylA gene was expressed in S. cerevisiae. The recombinant strain was able to ferment xylose to ethanol when cultivated on a minimal medium containing xylose as only carbon source. In order to create a channeled metabolic transfer in the two first steps of the xylose metabolism, XYL1 and XYL2 were fused in-frame and expressed in S. cerevisiae. When the fusion protein, containing a linker of three amino acids, was co expressed together with native XR and XDH monomers, enzyme complexes consisting of chimeric and native subunits were formed. The total activity of these complexes exhibited 10 and 9 times higher XR and XDH activity, respectively, than the original conjugates, consisting of only chimeric subunits. This strain produced less xylitol and the xylitol yield was lower than with strains only expressing native XR and XDH monomers. In addition, more ethanol and less acetic acid were formed. A new gene encoding the cytoplasmic transhydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii was cloned. The enzyme showed high similarity to the family of pyridine nucleotide-disulphide oxidoreductase. To analyse the physiological effect of

  18. Cloning, sequencing, characterisation and implications for vaccine design of the novel dihydrolipoyl acetyltransferase of Neisseria meningitidis.

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    Ala' Aldeen, D A; Westphal, A H; De Kok, A; Weston, V; Atta, M S; Baldwin, T J; Bartley, J; Borriello, S P

    1996-12-01

    A lambdaZap-II expression library of Neisseria meningitidis was screened with a rabbit polyclonal antiserum (R-70) raised against c. 70-kDa proteins purified from outer membrane vesicles by elution from preparative SDS-polyacrylamide gels. Selected clones were isolated, further purified, and their recombinant pBluescript SKII plasmids were excised. The cloned DNA insert was sequenced from positive clones and analysed. Four open reading frames (ORFs) were identified, three of which showed a high degree of homology with the pyruvate dehydrogenase (E1p), dihydrolipoyl acetyltransferase (E2p) and dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase (E3) components of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC) of a number of prokaryotic and eukaryotic species. Sequence analysis indicated that the meningococcal E2p (Men-E2p) contains two N-terminal lipoyl domains, an E1/E3 binding domain and a catalytic domain. The domains are separated by hinge regions rich in alanine, proline and charged residues. Another lipoyl domain with high sequence similarity to the Men-E2p lipoyl domain was found at the N-terminal of the E3 component. A further ORF, coding for a 16.5-kDa protein, was found between the ORFs encoding the E2p and E3 components. The identity and functional characteristics of the expressed and purified heterologous Men-E2p were confirmed as dihydrolipoyl acetyltransferase by immunological and biochemical assays. N-terminal amino-acid analysis confirmed the sequence of the DNA-derived mature protein. Purified Men-E2p reacted with monospecific antisera raised against the whole E2p molecule and against the lipoyl domain of the Azotobacter vinelandii E2p. Conversely, rabbit antiserum raised against Men-E2p reacted with protein extracts of A. vinelandii, Escherichia coli and N. gonorrhoeae and with the lipoyl and catalytic domains of E2p obtained by limited proteolysis. In contrast, the original R-70 antiserum reacted almost exclusively with the lipoyl domain, indicating the strong immunogenicity

  19. Effect of mineral vs. biofertilizer on growth, yield, and essential oil content of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.

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    M.A. Sharaf-Eldin

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available In field experiments during two successive seasons (2003-2004 and 2004-2005, the effects of biofertilization on growth, fruit yield, and oil composition of fennel plants were investigated. Application of biofertilizer, which was a mixture of Azotobacter chroococcum, Azospirillum liboferum, and Bacillus megatherium applied with chemical fertilizers (only 50% of the recommended dosage of NPK increased vegetative growth (plant height, number of branches, and herb fresh and dry weight per plant compared to chemical fertilizer treatments only. The tallest plants, the highest number of branches per plant, and the highest fresh and dry weights of plants were obtained from the treatment of biofertilizer plus a half dose of chemical fertilizer (357 kg ammonium sulphate + 238 kg calcium super phosphate + 60 kg potassium sulphate ha-1. The lowest fresh and dry weights of plants occurred with the 50% NPK. Also, addition of biofertilizer with the chemical fertilizer increased these characters more than the half dose of chemical fertilizer alone. Total carbohydrates in the dry plant material were influenced by the biofertilizer. The highest values of total carbohydrates were found in the treatment with biofertilizer plus a half dose of nitrogen and phosphorus. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels in the plant tissue increased when soil was inoculated by nitrogen-fixing bacteria, phosphate-dissolving bacteria, and a mixture of all strains, respectively. The least amount of N, P and K in the plant tissue occurred with the half dose of chemical fertilizer. Essential oil content in the fennel fruits was increased due to inoculation compared to the half dose of chemical fertilizer. The highest oil yield per plant was observed with the treatment of biofertilizer plus a half dose of nitrogen and phosphorus. The lowest amount of essential oil yield was obtained with the half dose of chemical fertilizer. Oxygenated compounds were increased as a result of using

  20. Bionota: Bacterias promotoras de crecimiento de microalgas: una nueva aproximación en el tratamiento de aguas residuales Microalgae growth-promoting bacteria: A novel approach in wastewater treatment

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    Bashan Yoav

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    Full Text Available Las bacterias promotoras de crecimiento en plantas (PGPB del género Azospirillum son conocidas porque mejo­ran el crecimiento de numerosas cosechas agrícolas; sin embargo, el presente trabajo pretende extender el uso de estas bacterias a "bacterias promotoras de crecimiento de microalgas" (MPGB para aumentar la capacidad de las microalgas de eliminar nutrientes de aguas residuales. La inoculación deliberada de las microalgas Chlorella spp. con PGPB de origen terrestre no ha sido reportada con anterioridad, tal vez debido al origen diferente de estos dos microorganismos. Al inmovilizar de manera conjunta Chlorella vulgaris y Azospirillum brasilense Cd en esferas de alginato, se obtuvo como resultado un aumento significativo en varios parámetros de crecimiento de la microalga, como el peso fresco y seco, el número total de células, el tamaño de las colonias de microalgas dentro de la esfera, el número de organismos por colonia y la concentración de pigmentos. Además, aumenta­ron los lípidos y la variedad de ácidos grasos. La microalga combinada con la MGPB tiene una mayor capacidad de eliminar amonio y fósforo tanto en agua residual sintética como en agua residual doméstica. Actualmente se ha estado experimentando con otras PGPB (Flavobacterium sp. Azospirillum sp. y Azotobacter sp. para propósitos acuícolas; por ejemplo aumentar el crecimiento de fitoplancton utilizado en el cultivo de carpas y estabilizar cultivos masivos de microalgas marinas utilizadas como alimento para organismos marinos, todo esto con resul­tados promisorios. Si bien el efecto de las PGPB en microorganismos acuáticos aún no ha sido suficientemente explorado, proponemos que la co-inmovilización de microalgas y bacterias promotoras de crecimiento es un medio efectivo para aumentar la población microalgal y también su capacidad de limpiar aguas residuales. Palabras clave: PGPB; microalgas; biotratamiento de aguas residuales; co

  1. Effects of Effective Microbial Inoculants on Alfalfa Growth Character%苜蓿根际有益菌接种剂对苜蓿生长特性影响的研究

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    韩华雯; 孙丽娜; 姚拓; 张英; 王国基

    2013-01-01

    为探讨微生物肥源替代或部分替代化肥的应用潜力,利用前期从苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)和小麦(Triticum aestivum L.)根际分离的3株溶磷菌(Bacillus sp.,Pseudomonas sp.和Azotobacter sp.)和1株根瘤菌(Sinorhizobium meliloti)研制苜蓿根际新型专用接种剂,并进行田间随机区组试验,测定其对苜蓿生长特性的影响.结果表明:单一菌种接种剂+半量磷肥对苜蓿的促生效果不及复合菌种接种剂+半量磷肥,与对照(全量磷肥)相比,复合菌种接种剂+半量磷肥处理对苜蓿的各项生长指标均有明显的促生效应,其中以复合接种剂+半量磷肥处理的效果最佳:苜蓿株高、叶绿素含量、叶茎比、干鲜比及产量分别较对照增加9.00%,51.98%,13.79%,19.57%,11.98%(第1茬)和8.26%,48.08%,16.87%,20.07%,20.95%(第2茬);单一菌种接种剂+半量磷肥处理的效果不及全量磷肥处理,但处理根瘤接种剂+半量磷肥效果较好.因此,推荐根瘤接种剂和Jm170+Jm92+ Lx191溶磷菌+根瘤菌复合接种剂为适用于苜蓿的最佳单一及复合菌株接种剂,研制的各接种剂质量达到农业部微生物肥料行业标准(NY227-94)的要求.%Maintenance of soil fertility is one of the more important requirements for sustainable agriculture in China because increasing chemical fertilizer use and highly productive systems has created environmental problems and resource overexploitation. In recent years, bio-fertilizers have emerged as an important component of the integrated nutrient supply system and show great promise to improve crop yields. The objective of this paper is to survey the possibility of applying bio-fertilizers to replace chemical fertilizers. Three phosphate-solubilizing bacteria strains (Bacillus sp. , Pseudomonas sp. and Azotobacter sp. ) and one rhi-zobium (Sinorhizobium meliloti) , isolated from alfalfa and wheat rhizosphere, were used to produce single and compound inoculants. A field

  2. 黄绿木霉T1010对樱桃番茄横向土壤环境性状改良效果研究%Modified Effects of Trichoderma aureoviride 1010 on Some Soil Properties from Axial Root of Cherry-tomato

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    陈建爱; 杜方岭

    2011-01-01

    为了研究黄绿木霉(Trichoderma aureoviride)T1010对土壤微生物群落、物理性状、化学性状的作用,评价T1010调整土壤环境性状生态效应的潜力,采用土壤稀释法测定土壤中微生物群落数,土壤称重法测定物理性状,无机化学反应法测定土壤中主要化学指标含量,结果表明:T1010促进土壤中细菌、放线菌、固氮菌的生长,与土壤处理前相比,固氮菌数量最大提高6.04倍,比对照提高58.02%;T1010抑制其他真菌的生长,比初始值下降52.99%,比对照下降79.47%;T1010改良物理性状,比重、容重比对照下降,总孔隙度趋近50%;水解氮、有机质比对照提高,与T1010的增殖正相关,有效磷比对照降低,与T1010的增殖负相关;T1010处理组侧根数比常规化肥处理组增加144%,立枯病感病指数降低36.36%。T1010具有改良土壤物理性状、提高微生物群体量、促进化学物质的可溶性等多种功能,是一种潜在、有效的土壤改良菌株。%Modified potential of soil environment of Trichoderma aureoviride T1010 was assessed in soil by its adjustment on microflora population and physical and chemical properties.The population of microflora was isolated from soil by the dilution method of counting.The physical property was assessed by soil weighting in laboratory.The chemical property was assessed by chemical reaction.With cherry-tomato growing,the T1010 promoted the growth of some beneficial microflora.The azotobacter population was 6.04 times higher than that in the beginning,and 58.02% higher than the control.The T1010 controlled the growth of the other fungus.The population of the other fungus was 52.99% lower than that at the beginning,and 79.47% lower than the control.The T1010 adjusted the physical property,the soil specific gravity and bulk density became lower than the control,and the porosity was close to 50%.The N and organic matter were higher than those of the control.The available P was lower

  3. Biochemical Properties of Cysteine Desulfurase and Its Mechanism for the Desulfuration of L-Cysteine%半胱氨酸脱硫酶的生化特性及其脱硫作用机制

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    彭加平; 韦平和; 周锡樑

    2011-01-01

    半胱氨酸脱硫酶是一类依赖磷酸吡哆醛的酶,为同质二聚体,能催化L-半胱氨酸脱硫生成L-丙氨酸和硫.NifS首先在棕色固氮菌中发现,并被认为在固氮酶铁硫簇的形成中起重要作用.NifS同系物也存在于许多非固氮的原核及真核生物中,它们在分子质量、分光光度特性、底物选择性、氨基酸序列和生物学功能等方面非常相似.根据氨基酸序列的相似性,将NifS同系物分成二组,Ⅰ组包括NifS和IscS等,Ⅱ组包括CSD和CsdB等.半胱氨酸脱硫酶均具有保守的赖氨酸和半胱氨酸残基,前者与PLP形成Schiff碱,后者参与半胱氨酸过硫化物中间物形成.半胱氨酸脱硫酶的作用机理涉及半胱氨酸残基亲核攻击底物L-半胱氨酸上的巯基,形成与酶结合的半胱氨酸过硫化物中间物,该过硫化物中间物作为供硫体,参与生物素、硫胺素、钼碟呤以及铁硫簇、硫代核苷等含硫分子的生物合成.%Cysteine desulfurases are pyridoxal phosphate dependent homodimeric enzymes that catalyze the desulfuration of L-cyste-ine to yield L-alanine and free sulfur. The enzyme NifS was first identified in Azotobacter vinelandii, indicating that it might serve a general role in the formation of Fe-S clusters in nitrogenase. NifS homologs also occur in many nondiazotrophic prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and they are very similar in molecular weight, spectrophotometric property, substrate specificity, amino acid sequence, and function to the A. Vinelandii NifS. On the basis of sequence similarity relationships, the NifS homologs are divided into groups I and II. NifS and IscS are group I enzymes, whereas CSD and CsdB are members of group II. All cysteine desulfurases contain a conserved lysine that forms a Schiff base with the PLP cofactor in the resting state and a conserved catalytic cysteine involved in transient persulfide formation. The mechanism for desulfuration of L-cysteine catalyzed by cysteine

  4. Genes required for formation of the apoMoFe protein of Klebsiella pneumoniae nitrogenase in Escherichia coli.

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    Harris, G S; White, T C; Flory, J E; Orme-Johnson, W H

    1990-09-15

    peptides as the substrate for the processing to form the apoMoFe protein. We also find that nifM, the gene which processes the nifH protein into Fe protein (Howard, K.S., McLean, P.A., Hansen, F. B., Lemley, P.V., Kobla, K.S. & Orme-Johnson, W.H. (1986) J. Biol. Chem. 261, 772-778) can, under certain circumstances, partially replace other processing genes (i.e. nifTYU and/or WZ) although it is not essential for apoMoFe protein formation. It also appears that nifS and nifU, reported to play a role in Fe protein production in Azotobacter vinelandii, play no such role in K. pneumoniae, although these genes are involved in apoMoFe formation.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:2203791

  5. Structure of a putative BenF-like porin from Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5 at 2.6 A resolution

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    Sampathkumar, P.; Swaminathan, S.; Lu, F.; Zhao, X.; Li, Z.; Gilmore, J.; Bain, K.; Rutter, M. E.; Gheyi, T.; Schwinn, D.; Bonanno, J. B.; Pieper, U.; Fajardo, J. E.; Fiser, A.; Almo, S. C.; Chance, M. R.; Baker, D.; Atwell, S.; Thompson, D. A.; Emtage, J. S.; Wasserman, S. R.; Sali, A.; Sauder, J. M.; Burley, S. K.

    2010-11-01

    Gram-negative bacteria typically overcome poor permeability of outer membranes through general porins like OmpF and OmpC, which form water-filled transmembrane pores permitting diffusion of hydrophilic molecules with no particular selectivity. Many bacteria lacking such general porins use substrate-specific porins to overcome growth-limiting conditions and facilitate selective transport of metabolites. Exclusive reliance on substrate-specific porins yields lower membrane permeability to small molecules (<600 Da) versus that seen for Escherichia coli. In Pseudomonads, transit of most small molecules across the cell membrane is thought to be mediated by substrate-specific channels of the OprD superfamily. This property explains, at least in part, the high incidence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa antibiotic resistance. High-throughput DNA sequencing of the P. aeruginosa chromosome revealed the presence of 19 genes encoding structurally related, substrate-specific porins (with 30-45% pairwise amino acid sequence identity) that mediate transmembrane passage of small, water-soluble compounds. The OprD superfamily encompasses the eponymous OprD subfamily, which includes 9 P. aeruginosa proteins that convey basic amino acids and carbapenem antibiotics, and the OpdK subfamily, which includes 11 P. aeruginosa proteins that convey aromatic acids and other small aromatic compounds. Genome sequencing of other gram-negative bacteria has revealed additional members of the OprD and OpdK subfamilies in various organisms, including other pseudomonads. Among the many bacteria in which OprD superfamily members have been identified are P. putida, P. fluorescens Pf-5, P. syringae, and Azotobacter vinelandii, all of which share closely related genes that encode the so-called BenF-like porins. In P. putida, benF is part of an operon involved in benzoate catabolism regulated by benR. Within this operon, benK, benE, and benF genes have been suggested to contribute toward either influx or efflux

  6. Response of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) to N-application and Bio fertilization with Assessment of Fertilizer N Recovery by 15N Versus Subtraction Methods

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    A factorial field experiment was conducted on sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) grown on a sand soil (98% sand) supplied the different combinations of 4 N rates of 0, 105, 140 and 175 kg N ha-1 i.e. N0, N1, N2, and N3 respectively - as (NH4)2SO4 and 4 bio fertilization inoculation (B) of none, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azospirillum brasilense and Bacillus megaterium. i.e. B0,B1,B2, and B3 respectively. Labeled ammonium sulphate with 2% 15N atom excess was used for 15N assessment. All plots were supplied with 21 Mg compost +24 kg P +80 kg K ha-'1. Non-treated plants gave 0.534 Mg seeds ha-1 while the treated ones - especially those of N or N + bio fertilizers - gave increases of up to 403% (N2B). Main effect response patterns were: N: N3>N2>N1, for B: B1≥B3≥B2. Seed oil content in the N0B0 treatment was 222 gkg-1 increased reaching as high as 445 gkg-1by N2B3; with N main effect of N2>N3>N1and B main effect of B2>B3>B1. Seed oil yield was 113 kg ha-1 by N0B0 increased to as high as 1105 kg ha-1 by N2B1 with main effects of N2>N3>N1and B3≥B2>B1.Uptake of N (in total plant parts of roots + stems + leaves + discs + seeds) increased by N application; averages for non-N were 18.1 kg ha-118.5,14.7,17.4 by N0B0, N0B1, N0B2, and N0B3 respectively; increased considerably by up to 667% (N3B3) upon N application. Plants recovered a portion of fertilizer N of 19.6 to 40.9% by N1B1and N2B1 respectively as determined by 15N technique, but 27.7 to 59.6% respectively as calculated by subtraction of non-N from N treatments. The subtraction estimation considerably exceeded the 15N determined ones by + 39.5% to as high as + 194.6% indicating a non-real estimation of recovered fertilizer-N in crops. Thus, in studies using non-tracer techniques, estimation of uptake of fertilizer N could be erroneous. The reason in the current study could most certainly be a greater volume of root system expansion of N-treated plants, causing more uptake of non-fertilizer-N than in the no

  7. EFFECTS OF PGPR AND ALFALFA ON SOIL BUILDING OF NEWLY-RECLAIMED LAND%复合型PGPR和苜蓿对新垦地土壤培肥效果研究

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    韩光; 张磊; 邱勤; 石杰; 胡正峰

    2011-01-01

    研究了利用根际有益微生物和豆科植物相结合培肥新垦地土壤的效果.试验采用裂区设计法研究了重庆北碚新垦坡耕地中性土壤上种植紫花苜蓿并接种根瘤菌和其他根际有益微生物(PGPR)(如联合固氮菌、解磷菌和解钾菌等)对土壤养分的影响.结果显示:接种根瘤菌+其他PGPR的处理对土壤有机质、全氮、全磷、全钾、有效磷和速效钾的提高均达到显著水平,较只接种根瘤菌的处理分别提高33.5%、22.7%、3.8%、11.5%、11.4%和22.3%,较不接种根瘤菌和PGPR的处理分别高42.2%、58.8%、8%、12.6%、37.2%和40.2%,接种根瘤菌+其他PGPR的效果优于只接种根瘤菌和不接种的.同时,上述处理对豆科植物苜蓿植株瘤重、株高、根鲜重、地上部鲜重以及植株全氮含量的提高均达到显著水平,比只接种根瘤菌的处理分别高44.5%、33.2%、77.3%、76.7%和17.7%.将苜蓿和相应的PGPR两者联合使用有更好的土壤改良效果,加速了新垦地贫瘠土壤的培肥过程.%Effect of planting legume crops and inoculation of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR)and legumes on soil building in newly-reclaimed land was studied with a field experiment laid out in a newly-reclaimed slopeland in Beibei, Chongqing, China. The experiment field was divided into several plots, which were all planted with affaffa, but inoculated separately with nil, rhizobia or rhizobia + other PGPR (including associative azotobacters, P-releasing bacteria, and K-releasing bacteria). Results show that the incubation of rhizobium and PGPR in combination significantly increased organic matter, total N, total P and total K, available P and available K in the soil, by 33.5%, 22. 7%, 3.8% , 11.5%, 11.4% and 22.3%, respectively, over the incubation of rhizobia alone and by42.2%, 58.8% , 8%, 12.6% , 37.2% and 40.2%, respectively, over the treatment of no incubation. Furthermore, the treatment of

  8. 木霉制剂改良滨海盐渍土台田生态效应%Ecological effect of Trichoderma agent on platform field soil improvement in saline coastal area

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    陈建爱; 段友臣; 郭峰; 杨武汉; 陈为京; 万书波

    2016-01-01

    azotobacters amounts increased by 170.95%, 82.68%, 152.17% and 471.93%, respectively, compared with those under CK. Beneficial properties to plants growth (e.g., soil compaction, ≥0.25 mm water stable aggregate, organic matter, microbial amount) of moderately saline coastal platform soils with Trichoderma agent (T1010) increased, respectively, by 1.53, 2.11, 3.20 and 28.33 times over that of flood land in coastal saline area. On the contrary, harmful property to plants growth, water soluble salts, reduced by 96.60%. Properties (such as soil compaction, porosity, moisture, contents of phosphorus and organic matter, and microbial amounts) of Trichoderma-amending moderately saline coastal soils were not significantly different from that of slightly saline coastal alkali soils. Reduced bulk density or increased porosity of moderately coastal saline platform fields with Trichoderma were close to that of the non-saline solar-greenhouse soils. Application of microbiological agents effectively improved soil properties of moderately saline coastal platform fields and ameliorated the ecological environment by enhancing soil aggregate structure, increasing soil nutrient and beneficial microorganisms amount.%生物改良滨海盐渍土是一种投资少、需时短、见效快、长期受益的环保生态型技术。通过田间试验将木霉制剂[活性成分为木霉分生孢子,1×107(CFU)·g-1]施用到滨海中度盐渍土台田(含盐量2.99 g·kg-1,砂壤土),对土壤改良台田试验区不同处理(施用木霉制剂和常规对照处理)及辅助试验区日光温室(含盐量0.98 g·kg-1,壤土)、滨海轻度盐渍土开垦田(含盐量1.75 g·kg-1,轻壤土)、滨海重度盐渍土河滩地(含盐量26.19 g·kg-1,砂壤土)的耕层土壤取样室内测定,探究木霉在滨海中度盐渍土台田施用的生态效应。滨海中度盐渍土台田木霉处理与对照处理相比,土壤紧实度提高177.04%,土壤水稳性团聚体数量(≥0.25 mm)提高265.78%,

  9. 使用PGPR菌剂及苜蓿培肥新垦地土壤研究%Improving Fertility of Newly Reclaimed Soil by PGPR Inoculums in Combination with Alfalfa Growing

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    邱勤; 张磊; 韩光; 石杰; 胡正峰

    2011-01-01

    The split plot design was adopted in a one-year field experiment to investigate the effects of alfalfa planting in combination with PGPR inoculation on soil microbiological characteristics, alfalfa growth and soil properties in a newly reclaimed soil in Beibei, Chongqing, China. The PGPR (plant growth promoting rhizobacteria) involved in the study included alfalfa rhizobium, associative nitrogen fixation bacterium, silicate bacterium and Bacillus magatherium. The experiment included four treatments; alfalfa planting (A), alfalfa planting and rhizobium inoculation (A+R), alfalfa planting and PGPR inoculation (with rhizobium as well) (A+PGPR) and no crop planting (CK). Determined at the end of the experiment, the effects of the treatments on agronomic qualities of alfalfa, the amount of soil microorganisms and soil microbial biomass N (SMBN) were in the order of A + PGPR>A+R>A>CK, while those on soil microbial biomass C (SMBC) was in the order of A>A+PGPR>A+R>CK. Compared with CK, A +PGPR significantly raised nodule weight, plant height, root dry weight, shoot dry weight and total nitrogen (Pa-zotobacter in the soil (P<0. 05), enhanced SMBC and SMBN by 60. 12% and 63. 28% and significantly improved various indicators of soil fertility. Correlation analysis showed that SMBN was in significant positive correlations with plant total N and soil nutrients. It is, therefore, concluded that A+PGPR can increase the amount of microorganisms and the fertility of newly reclaimed soil.%本研究以重庆北碚新垦坡耕地中性土壤为对象,采用裂区设计法研究种植紫花苜蓿并配施根际有盖微生物(PGPR)对紫花苜蓿生长度土壤微生物的影响.本研究涉及的PGPR菌包括根瘤菌、联合固氮菌、硅酸盐细菌和巨大芽孢杆菌.设置种植紫花苜蓿不接种(A)、种植紫花苜蓿接种根瘤菌(A+R)、种植紫花苜蓿接