Cytochromes c of the Anaerobic Methacrylate Reducer Geobacter sulfurreducens AM-1

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Cytochromes c were found in the cells of the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens AM-1 grown on acetate and methacrylate. The periplasmic extract of G. sulfurreducens AM-1 contained about 88% of the total content of cytochromes c of intact cells. The analysis of cytochromes c from the native cells of G. sulfurreducens AM-1, from the periplasmic extract and from the cells treated by an alkaline solution showed the presence of nine proteins containing heme c. The molecular masses of cytochromes c from G. sulfurreducens AM-1 were 12.5, 15.5, 25.7, 29.5, 34.7, 41.7, 50.1, 63.1, and 67.6 kDa; localization of each cytochrome c was determined. Three heme-containing proteins (15.5 kDa, 25.7 kDa, and 29.5 kDa with the most intensive staining) were present mainly in the periplasm of the bacterium. The other two (50.1 and 67.6 kDa) were supposedly localized in the cell membrane. Cytochromes c with the molecular masses of 12.5, 15.5, and 67.6 kDa are considered as possible components of the methacrylate redox system of G. sulfurreducens AM-1.

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