Molecular characterization of H2O2-forming NADH oxidases from Archaeoglobus fulgidus


  • Enzymes: NADH oxidases (EC; NADH peroxidase (EC; disulfide reductase (

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Three NADH oxidase encoding genes noxA-1, noxB-1 and noxC were cloned from the genome of Archaeoglobus fulgidus, expressed in Escherichia coli, and the gene products were purified and characterized. Expression of noxA-1 and noxB-1 resulted in active gene products of the expected size. The noxC gene was expressed as well but the protein produced showed no activity in the standard Nox assay. NoxA-1 and NoxB-1 are both FAD-containing enzymes with subunit molecular masses of 48 and 69 kDa, respectively. NoxA-1 exists predominantly as homodimer, NoxB-1 as monomer. NoxA-1 and NoxB-1 showed pH optimum of 8.0 and 6.5, with specific NADH oxidase activities of 5.8 U·mg−1 and 4.1 U·mg−1, respectively. Both enzymes were specific for NADH as electron donor, but with different apparent Km values (NoxA-1, 0.13 mm; NoxB-1, 0.011 mm). The apparent Km values for oxygen differed significantly (NoxA-1, 0.06 mm; NoxB-1, 2.9 mm). In contrast with all mesophilic homologues, both enzymes were found to produce predominantly H2O2 instead of H2O. Despite apparent similarities, NoxB-1 is essentially different from NoxA-1. Whereas NoxA-1 resembles typical H2O-producing Nox enzymes that are expected to have a role in oxidative stress defence, NoxB-1 belongs to a small group of enzymes that is involved in catalysing the reduction of unsaturated acids and aldehydes, suggesting a role in fatty acid oxidation. Moreover, NoxB-1 contains a ferredoxin-like motif, which is absent in NoxA-1.