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Title: Characterization of Hydrogen Metabolism in the Multicellular Green Alga Volvox carteri

Hydrogen gas functions as a key component in the metabolism of a wide variety of microorganisms, often acting as either a fermentative end-product or an energy source. The number of organisms reported to utilize hydrogen continues to grow, contributing to and expanding our knowledge of biological hydrogen processes. Here we demonstrate that Volvox carteri f. nagariensis, a multicellular green alga with differentiated cells, evolves H2 both when supplied with an abiotic electron donor and under physiological conditions. The genome of Volvox carteri contains two genes encoding putative [FeFe]-hydrogenases (HYDA1 and HYDA2), and the transcripts for these genes accumulate under anaerobic conditions. The HYDA1 and HYDA2 gene products were cloned, expressed, and purified, and both are functional [FeFe]-hydrogenases. Additionally, within the genome the HYDA1 and HYDA2 genes cluster with two putative genes which encode hydrogenase maturation proteins. This gene cluster resembles operon-like structures found within bacterial genomes and may provide further insight into evolutionary relationships between bacterial and algal [FeFe]-hydrogenase genes.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, East Lansing, MI (United States); Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI (United States). Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1184789
Grant/Contract Number:
FC02-07ER64494
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
PLoS ONE
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher:
Public Library of Science
Research Org:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, East Lansing, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 08 HYDROGEN