Photoautotrophic cultures of the unicellular cyanobacterium Synechococcus 6301 (Anacystis nidulans) possessed a single [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin with a midpoint redox potential of -385 mV. Determination of the amino acid sequence of the ferredoxin showed that it consisted of 98 residues, with methionine and tryptophan both absent, and with only the four cysteine residues that are required to co-ordinate the iron-sulphur cluster. Comparisons with other ferredoxin sequences showed that most resemblance was to those from filamentous cyanobacteria, with up to 87% homology. There was less resemblance to the ferredoxins of unicellular cyanobacteria, with 25 differences when compared with that from another Synechococcus sp. However, the sequence of Synechococcus 6301 ferredoxin was identical with that derived for a gene sequence for a putative ferredoxin from the genotypically closely related Synechococcus 7942 (Anacystis nidulans R2). In contrast, the sequence showed substantial differences from that corresponding to a putative ferredoxin gene from Synechococcus 6301 reported by Cozens & Walker [(1988) Biochem. J. 252, 563-569].

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