Three genes within the genome of E. coli K12 are predicted to encode proteins containing the typical Rieske iron-sulfur cluster-binding motifs. Two of these, hcaC and yeaW, were overexpressed in E. coli BL21 and Tuner (DE3) pLacI. The recombinant proteins were purified and analyzed by UV/Vis- and EPR-spectroscopy. HcaC and YeaW display the typical redox-dependent UV/Vis-spectra of iron-sulfur proteins. The EPR spectrum of reduced HcaC shows characteristic g-values of a Rieske cluster whereas the g-values for YeaW are close to the upper limit for this type of iron-sulfur cluster. Both iron-sulfur clusters could be reduced by dithionite, but not by ascorbate, confirming their classification as low-potential Rieske proteins as derived from the amino acid sequences. A phylogenetic analysis of the two proteins reveals that HcaC clearly segregates with the Rieske ferredoxins of class IIB oxygenases whereas the classification of YeaW remains doubtful.
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- Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)