(1)H+ leads to/electron acceptor ratios have been determined with the oxidant pulse method for cells of denitrifying Paracoccus denitrificans oxidizing endogenous substrates during reduction of O2, NO2- or N2O. Under optimal H+-translocation conditions, the ratios leads to H+/O, H+ leads to/N2O, H+ leads to/NO2- for reduction to N2 and H+ leads to/NO2- for reduction to N2O were 6.0-6.3, 4.02, 5.79 and 3.37, respectively. (2) With ascorbate/N,N,N,'N'-tetramethyl-p-phenylene-diamine as exogenous substrate, addition of NO2- or N2O to an anaerobic cell suspension resulted in rapid alkalinization of the outer bulk medium. H+/N2O, H+/NO2- for reduction to N2 and H+/NO2- for reduction to N2O were -0.84, -2.33 and -1.90, respectively. (3) The H+/oxidant ratios, mentioned in item 2, were not altered in the presence of valinomycin/K+ and the triphenylmethylphosphonium cation. (4) A simplified scheme of electron transport to O2, NO2- and N2O is presented which shows a periplasmic orientation of the nitrite reductase as well as the nitrous oxide reductase. Electrons destined for NO2-, N2O or O2 pass two H+-trans-locating sites. The H+ leads to/electron acceptor ratios predicted by this scheme are in good agreement with the experimental values.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Biochimica et Biophysica Acta|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Dec 1981|
- Electron Transport
- Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oxygen Consumption
- Paracoccus denitrificans
- Journal Article
- Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.