Archives of Microbiology vol:161 issue:5 pages:404-8
We report the isolation, mutational analysis and the nucleotide sequence of the Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. phaseoli nifA gene. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequence with other NifA sequences indicated the presence of the conserved central activator and the C-terminal DNA-binding domains. Nodules elicited by a R. leguminosarum bv. phaseoli nifA mutant were symbiotically ineffective. The expression of a nifA-gusA fusion was shown to be independent on the oxygen status of the cell. We cloned the three nifH copies of R. leguminosarum bv. phaseoli and determined the nucleotide sequence of their promoter regions. The expression of nifH-gusA fusions is induced under microaerobic conditions and is dependent on the presence of NifA.