Nitrite-oxidizing enzyme I (NiOx I) was purified from a heterotrophic bacterium, Bacillus badius I-73. The enzyme was a homotetramer of a heme-containing peptide, and was similar to catalases from various sources in its N-terminal amino acid sequence. The purified enzyme also catalyzed H2O2 degradation. The nitrite oxidation reaction required ascorbic acid and oxygen. Successive H2O2 feeding could be substituted for ascorbic acid. These indicated that NiOx I is a catalase and nitrite was oxidized by a peroxidase-like reaction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Molecular Biology
- Organic Chemistry