Hydrogenases, accessory genes and the regulation of [NiFe] hydrogenase biosynthesis in Thiocapsa roseopersicina

Kornél L. Kovács, Barna Fodor, Ákos T. Kovács, Gyula Csanádi, Gergely Maróti, Judit Balogh, Solmaz Arvani, Gábor Rákhely

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The purple (Sulphur) phototrophic bacterium, Thiocapsa roseopersicina BBS contains several [NiFe] hydrogenases, of which two are membrane bound. Mutant T. roseopersicina cells, carrying deletions in both gene clusters showed hydrogenase activity. This activity was located in the cytoplasm. The structural gene cluster hoxEFUYH was identified and sequenced. In addition, genes homologous to hupUV/hoxBC, the hydrogen sensing hydrogenase have been identified and sequenced. Regulation of hydrogenase biosynthesis was studied in detail for HydSL (renamed HynSL). A random mutagenesis system was optimised for T. roseopersicina. One of the mutations was in a gene similar to that coding for the HypF proteins in other organisms. Inactivation of the hypF gene resulted in a 60-fold increase in hydrogen evolution under nitrogen fixing conditions. In addition to hypF, the following accessory genes were identified: hydD, hupK, hypC1, hypC2, hypDE. Characterisation of the corresponding gene products and search for additional accessory genes are in progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1463-1469
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2002
EventBiohydrogen 2002 (BIO-H2) - Ede, Netherlands
Duration: Apr 21 2002Apr 21 2002


  • Accessory genes
  • Biohydrogen production
  • Gene expression
  • Mutagenesis
  • Photosynthetic bacteria
  • Thiocapsa roseopersicina
  • [NiFe] hydrogenase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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