Enhanced Ribosome and tRNA Contents in Escherichia coli Expressing a Truncated Vitreoscilla Hemoglobin Mutant Analyzed by Flow Field-Flow Fractionation

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The ribosome and tRNA levels of Escherichia coli cells, transformed with a native or mutated Vitreoscilla hemoglobin genes (vhb), were investigated using asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (AFFFF). Mutagenesis of vhb by error-prone PCR was carried out to alter the growth behavior of microaerobically cultivated native VHb-expressing E. coli. A VHb mutant, pVMT1, was identified, which was able to reach a remarkably high final A600 of 15, the value of which being 160% higher than that of a VHb control carrying pVHb8 (A600 5.8). AFFFF revealed that cells expressing mutant vhbs showed up to a doubling in the number of active 70S ribosomes cell-1, an almost 3-fold increase in the number of tRNAs cell-1, and up to a 26% increase in the mass fraction of active 70S ribosomes.


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  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Analytical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1499-1504
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Analytical Chemistry (S/LTH) (011001004), Pure and Applied Biochemistry (LTH) (011001005)