Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 225–229 | Cite as

Inhibition of nitrate uptake by ammonia in a blue-green alga, Anabaena cylindrica

  • Masayuki Ohmori
  • Kazuko Ohmori
  • Heinrich Strotmann


Ammonia at concentrations above 1×10-5 M inhibits uptake of nitrate in the nitrogen-fixing blue-green alga, Anabaena cylindrica. This inhibition takes place both in the light and in the dark. The rate of nitrate uptake is stimulated by light. Addition of relatively high concentrations of nitrate (1–10 mM) reversibly inhibits ammonia uptake. FCCP, an uncoupler of phosphorylation, inhibits both nitrate and ammonia uptake. Ammonia may inhibit nitrate uptake by reducing the supply of energy (ATP) for active nitrate transport.

Key words

Blue-green algae Nitrate transport Nitrate reduction 



carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxy-phenylhydrazone


carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenyl-hydrazone


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masayuki Ohmori
    • 1
  • Kazuko Ohmori
    • 1
  • Heinrich Strotmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung für Biochemie der PflanzenBotanisches Institut der Tierärztlichen Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany

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