Current Microbiology

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 261–267 | Cite as

Characterization of Two 2[4Fe4S] Ferredoxins from Clostridium acetobutylicum

  • Olivier Guerrini
  • Bénédicte Burlat
  • Christophe Léger
  • Bruno Guigliarelli
  • Philippe Soucaille
  • Laurence GirbalEmail author


In vivo hydrogen production in Clostridium acetobutylicum involves electron transfer between ferredoxin and [FeFe]-hydrogenase. Five C. acetobutylicum open reading frames were annotated as coding for putative ferredoxins. We focused our biophysical and biochemical investigations on CAC0303 and CAC3527, which possess the sequence signature and length of classical 2[4Fe4S] clostridial ferredoxins but differ significantly in theoretical pI. After cloning, heterologous expression in E. coli followed by in vitro Fe-S incorporation and purification, CAC0303 was shown to have a regular electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signal for a classical 2[4Fe4S] clostridial ferredoxin, while CAC3527 displayed an unusual EPR signal and a quite low reduction potential. Both ferredoxins were reduced in vitro by C. acetobutylicum [FeFe]-hydrogenase, but the CAC3527 reduction rate was 10-fold lower than that of CAC0303. These results are consistent with the efficiency of intermolecular electron transfer being dictated by the redox thermodynamics, the contribution of the ferredoxin global charge being only minor. The physiological function of CAC3527 is discussed.


Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrum Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Signal Methyl Viologen FeFe 
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O.G. was the recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Guerrini
    • 1
  • Bénédicte Burlat
    • 2
  • Christophe Léger
    • 2
  • Bruno Guigliarelli
    • 2
  • Philippe Soucaille
    • 1
    • 4
  • Laurence Girbal
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.UMR5504, UMR792 Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés, CNRS, INRA, INSAToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des protéines, UPR 9036CNRS and Aix-Marseille UniversityMarseille CedexFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des ProcédésToulouse cedex 4France
  4. 4.Metabolic Explorer, Bio pôle Clermont LimagneSaint-BeauzireFrance

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