Sep 1, 1976

Isolation and partial characterization of the cytochrome oxidase from Rhodopseudomonas palustris

European Journal of Biochemistry
M T King, G Drews


The cytochrome oxidase (EC of Rhodopseudomonas palustris was extracted with Triton X-100 plus KCl, from the membrane fraction of cells grown aerobically in the dark. The solubilized enzyme was purified by (NH4)2SO4 precipitation and chromatography on DEAE-cellulose. The purification resulted in a 108-fold enrichment of cytochrome oxidase on the basis of specific activity when compared to the membrane fraction. The purified enzyme was phosphate-sensitive (less than mM), oxidized reduced bovine, horse and yeast cytochrome c, and was inhibited 50% by 0.5 muM KCN or 7 muM NaN3. The native purified preparation migrated as one band in polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. In the presence of dodecylsulfate four major polypeptides with apparent molecular weights of 30500, 25500, 12200 and 9500 were observed. The enzyme reacted with oxygen via cytochrome o. The purified preparation contained cytochrome c but was free of flavoproteins and NADH-linked and succinate-linked enzyme activities of the respiratory chain.

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