Nitric oxide and oxygen regulate truncated hemoglobin gene expression in Frankia strain CcI3.

Academic Article


  • The Frankia genome contains two truncated hemoglobin genes (hboN and hboO) whose functions remain to be determined. Nitric oxide (NO) generated by the addition of 400 microM SNAP (S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine) caused a 10-fold increase in hboN gene expression but had no effect on hboO expression. The addition of the NO scavenger, carboxy-PT10, reduced the effect of SNAP. hboO gene expression increased under low-oxygen conditions, while hboN expression was unaffected. These results suggest that HboN may function in protection from nitrosative stress and that HboO may act as an oxygen transport molecule for increased respiration in hypoxic environments.
  • Authors

  • Niemann, James
  • Tisa, Louis
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 2008
  • Published In


  • Frankia
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Truncated Hemoglobins
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 7864
  • End Page

  • 7867
  • Volume

  • 190
  • Issue

  • 23