Crystal structure of nitric oxide reductase from denitrifying fungus Fusarium oxysporum

Nat Struct Biol. 1997 Oct;4(10):827-32. doi: 10.1038/nsb1097-827.


Structures of nitric oxide reductase (NOR) in the ferric resting and the ferrous CO states have been solved at 2.0 A resolution. These structures provide significant new insights into how NO is reduced in biological systems. The haem distal pocket is open to solvent, implicating this region as a possible NADH binding site. In combination with mutagenesis results, a hydrogen-bonding network from the water molecule adjacent to the iron ligand to the protein surface of the distal pocket through the hydroxyl group of Ser 286 and the carboxyl group of Asp 393 can be assigned to a pathway for proton delivery during the NO reduction reaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Fusarium / enzymology*
  • Heme
  • Iron
  • Models, Structural
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • NAD / metabolism
  • Oxidoreductases / chemistry*
  • Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Recombinant Proteins / chemistry
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Solvents


  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Solvents
  • NAD
  • Heme
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Iron
  • Oxidoreductases
  • nitric-oxide reductase