Mutants of Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 with Insertional Inactivation of the sodB Gene Encoding Fe-Superoxide Dismutase

Mutants of Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 with Insertional Inactivation of the sodB... The sodB gene encoding the only superoxide dismutase (Fe-SOD) in cells of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 was inactivated with gentamycin resistance aacC1 marker insertions located in the direct or reverse direction in the sodB gene. The corresponding ΔsodB12 and ΔsodB22 mutants are characterized by the complete absence of superoxide dismutase activity and the loss of viability upon standard photoautotrophic cultivation. Mutant cells can grow under conditions of a decreased illumination intensity and upon addition of NaHCO3 with catalase or bovine serum albumin in the growth medium. The ΔsodB22 mutant is auxotrophic for leucine due to the polar effect of insertion into the sodB gene on the downstream leuB gene controlling leucine biosynthesis. These data suggest that Fe-SOD is very important for providing resistance of Synechocystis 6803 cells to oxidative stress and thatsodB and leuB genes are organized into a single operon. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Genetics Springer Journals

Mutants of Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 with Insertional Inactivation of the sodB Gene Encoding Fe-Superoxide Dismutase

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
Subject
Biomedicine; Human Genetics
ISSN
1022-7954
eISSN
1608-3369
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1023349412798
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Abstract

The sodB gene encoding the only superoxide dismutase (Fe-SOD) in cells of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 was inactivated with gentamycin resistance aacC1 marker insertions located in the direct or reverse direction in the sodB gene. The corresponding ΔsodB12 and ΔsodB22 mutants are characterized by the complete absence of superoxide dismutase activity and the loss of viability upon standard photoautotrophic cultivation. Mutant cells can grow under conditions of a decreased illumination intensity and upon addition of NaHCO3 with catalase or bovine serum albumin in the growth medium. The ΔsodB22 mutant is auxotrophic for leucine due to the polar effect of insertion into the sodB gene on the downstream leuB gene controlling leucine biosynthesis. These data suggest that Fe-SOD is very important for providing resistance of Synechocystis 6803 cells to oxidative stress and thatsodB and leuB genes are organized into a single operon.

Journal

Russian Journal of GeneticsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 7, 2004

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