• Denitrification;
  • Nitrite reductase;
  • Nitric oxide reductase;
  • Regulation;
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa


The activity of the promoters involved in transcription of the genes (nirS, nirQ and norC) required for anaerobic reduction of nitrite and nitric oxide was investigated in NIR- and NOR-deficient mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The transcriptional activity of these three promoters was induced by nitrite in a wild-type strain and the activity was low in an nirS mutant. In norCBD and nirQOP mutants, which were expected to accumulate nitric oxide because of a lack of nitric oxide reductase activity, the norC and nirQ promoters showed significantly enhanced activity in promoting transcription relative to the parental strain, even at low nitrite concentrations. These results suggest that the nirQ and norC promoters are regulated by the concentration of endogenous nitric oxide rather than that of nitrite.