Localization of nitrogenase, glutamine synthetase (GS), phycoerythrin (PE) and ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) was studied with immunocytochemical techniques in the cyanobiont and the free-living cultured isolate 7801 of . In both cases nitrogenase was located in heterocysts only and was uniformly distributed within the cell. GS was located both in heterocysts and vegetative cells, with a uniform cellular distribution in each cell type. Whereas heterocysts of 7801 had about twofold higher label than vegetative cells, labelling in heterocysts and vegetative cells of the cyanobiont was similar. While the GS content of the vegetative cells of the cyanobiont and 7801 was comparable, the apparent GS content of the cyanobiont heterocysts was 60% less than that in 7801 heterocysts. PE and RuBisCO were located in vegetative cells only. PE was located on thylakoid membranes and RuBisCO in the cytoplasm and carboxysomes. In each case the pattern of labelling in the cyanobiont and 7801 was similar.


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