Respiratory components and oxidase activities in Alcaligenes eutrophus

Biochim Biophys Acta. 1976 Aug 13;440(2):412-28. doi: 10.1016/0005-2728(76)90075-x.


1. Cells of the hydrogen bacterium Alcaligenes eutrophus are broken by gentle lysis using lysozyme treatment in hypertonic sucrose followed by osmotic shock. By this method, 93% of the in vivo activity of the H2 oxidase is recovered and the ATPase remains particle bound. In contrast, cell disruption in a French pressure cell diminishes the in vivo activity of the H2 oxidase by 50% and solubilizes the bulk of the ATPase. 2. The bacterium contains a periplasmic cytochrome c with bands at 418, 521 and 550 nm (difference spectrum). In addition to cytochrome aa3, b-560, c-553 and o, low temperature difference spectra of membranes show the presence of two further cytochromes (shoulders at 551 and 553 nm). 3. The unsupplemented membrane fraction catalyses the oxidation of hydrogen, NADH, NADPH, succinate, formate and endogenous substrate (NAD linked) at rates 2--3-fold higher than membranes obtained from cells disrupted in a French pressure cell. With the exception of the H2 oxidase all oxidase activities in lysozyme membranes are sensitive to carbonylcyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (20-100% stimulation of oxygen uptake). 4. The cytoplasmic fraction contains a B-type cytochrome with absorption maxima at 436 and 560 nm, capable of combining with CO; it contains non-covalently bound protohaem. In alkaline solutions a spectral transition to the haemochrome type with bands at 423, 526 and 556 nm occurs. The addition of NADH to an aerobic suspension of this cytochrome elicits new absorption maxima at 418, 545 and 577 nm (difference spectrum), which are believed to represent an oxygenated form of the reduced cytochrome.

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / metabolism
  • Alcaligenes / enzymology
  • Alcaligenes / metabolism*
  • Alcaligenes / ultrastructure
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism
  • Cell Membrane / enzymology
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cell Membrane / ultrastructure
  • Cytochrome c Group / metabolism
  • Cytochromes / metabolism
  • Malate Dehydrogenase / metabolism
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases / metabolism*
  • Oxygen Consumption*
  • Quinones / metabolism
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Subcellular Fractions / enzymology


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Cytochrome c Group
  • Cytochromes
  • Quinones
  • Malate Dehydrogenase
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases