Apr 4, 2020

The O2-independent pathway of ubiquinone biosynthesis is essential for denitrification in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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Timothy VerstynenLudovic Pelosi


Many proteobacteria, such as Escherichia coli, contain two main types of quinones, benzoquinones represented by ubiquinone (UQ) and naphthoquinones such as menaquinone (MK) and dimethyl-menaquinone (DMK). MK and DMK function predominantly in anaerobic respiratory chains, whereas UQ is the major electron carrier used for reduction of dioxygen. However, this division of labor is probably not so stric. Indeed, a pathway that produces UQ under anaerobic conditions in an UbiU , UbiV- and UbiT-dependent manner has been recently discovered in E. coli while its physiological relevance is not yet understood because of the presence of MK and DMK in this bacterium. In the present study, we established that UQ9 is the single quinone of P. aeruginosa and that is required for growth under anaerobic respiration (denitrification). We demonstrated that ORFs PA3911, PA3912 and PA3913, which are homologues to the E. coli ubiT, ubiV and ubiU genes, respectively, were essential for UQ9 biosynthesis and thus for denitrification in P. aeruginosa. These three genes were hereafter called ubiTPa, ubiVPa and ubiUPa. We showed that UbiVPa accommodates a [4Fe-4S] cluster. Moreover, we demonstrated that UbiUPa and UbiTPa were able to bind UQ and that the is...Continue Reading

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