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Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dabney White Dixon


Heme is a source of iron for many pathogenic bacteria. Corynebacterium diphtheriae, the first protein in the system is HtaA, ChtA, and/or ChtC; heme is transferred to HtaB or ChtB. Heme is then mobilized into the cytosol by the ABC transporter where iron is released by the heme oxygenase.

Growth and expression temperatures for ChtA were of 37 °C and induction OD600 between 0.6 and 0.9. Final IPTG concentration of 0.3 mM. ChtA extinction coefficient is 1.4 x 105 M-1 cm-1 at the Soret. ChtA is less stable than HtaA-CR2 to denaturation in guanidinium hydrochloride.

Dechloromonas aromatica chlorite dismutase (DaCld) detoxifies chlorite to chloride and dioxygen. Chlorite sources often have nitrite. The goal is to identify the structure of this adduct.

Temperatures of growth and expression, 30 and 20 °C, respectively, an induction OD600 of 0.30, and a final IPTG concentration of 0.1 mM resulted in the desired holo DaCld.

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