The relationship between whole-cell redox potential, cytochrome composition in free-living culture and symbiotic activity of Sinorhizobium meliloti was studied. Three Tn5-induced mutants with increased cellular redox potential were generated. Stationary cultures of mutants Tb9 and Tb16 in contrast to the parental strain produced the b-type terminal oxidase that may be similar to the symbiotically essential cytochrome oxidase cbb3 of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Increase in the symbiotic effectiveness of all three mutants and in O2 consumption rate in free-living cultures was observed. Mutants Tb1 and Tb16 were also characterized by an increase in fixNOQP gene expression. Consequently, the mutations probably affect at least two different steps of rhizobial respiratory metabolism operating both in free-living cells and endosymbiotic forms. Copyright (C) 1998 Federation of European Microbiological Societies.
Yurgel, S. N., Soberon, M., Sharypova, L. A., Miranda, J., Morera, C., & Simarov, B. V. (1998). Isolation of Sinorhizobium meliloti Tn5 mutants with altered cytochrome terminal oxidase expression and improved symbiotic performance. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 165(1), 167–173. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-1097(98)00269-9