The nucleotide sequence of the downstream region of the bph operon from Pseudomonas sp. strain KKS102 was determined. Two open reading frames (ORF1 and ORF2) were found in this region, and the deduced amino acid sequence of ORF2 showed homology with the sequences of four ferredoxin reductases of dioxygenase systems. When this region was inserted just upstream of the bph operon, which does not contain a gene encoding ferredoxin reductase, biphenyl dioxygenase activity was detected. The 24- and 44-kDa polypeptides predicted from the two open reading frames were identified by sodium dodecyl sulfate- polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Crude extract which contained the products of ORF2 and bphA1A2A3 showed cytochrome c reduction activity. These data clearly suggest that ORF2 encodes ferredoxin reductase. The deduced amino acid sequence of ORF1 does not show significant homology with the sequences of any other proteins in the SWISS-PROT data bank, and the function of ORF1 is unknown.
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