The 4-hydroxy-2-oxovalerate aldolase and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (acylating) encoded by the nahM and nahO genes of the naphthalene catabolic plasmid pWW60-22 provide further evidence of conservation of meta-cleavage pathway gene sequences

Microbiology (Reading). 1995 Sep:141 ( Pt 9):2223-33. doi: 10.1099/13500872-141-9-2223.


We report the complete nucleotide sequence and over-expression of the nahOM genes for the acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (acylating) and the 4-hydroxy-2-oxovalerate aldolase from the meta pathway operon of the naphthalene catabolic plasmid pWW60-22 from Pseudomonas sp. NCIMB9816. Additional partial sequence analysis of adjacent DNA shows the gene order within the operon to be nahNLOMK, identical to the order found for the isofunctional genes in the meta pathway operons in the toluene/xylene pathway of TOL plasmid pWW0 and the phenol/methylphenol pathway of pVI150. The deduced amino acid sequences of NahO and NahM were significantly homologous to the equivalent enzymes encoded by other Pseudomonas meta pathways, although both were the most divergent in each comparison. The nahOM genes were inserted downstream of the T7 promoter in the expression vector pET3a and similar constructs were also made of the isofunctional regions from pVI150 (dmpFG) and TOL plasmid pDK1 (xyIQK). High expression of all three gene pairs was detected by enzyme assays and by SDS-PAGE.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aldehyde Oxidoreductases / genetics*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics*
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Enzyme Induction
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genes, Bacterial*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Naphthalenes / metabolism*
  • Operon*
  • Oxo-Acid-Lyases / genetics*
  • Plasmids / genetics*
  • Pseudomonas / enzymology
  • Pseudomonas / genetics*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Naphthalenes
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • naphthalene
  • Aldehyde Oxidoreductases
  • aldehyde dehydrogenase (NAD(P)+)
  • 4-hydroxy-2-oxovalerate aldolase
  • Oxo-Acid-Lyases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/U13232