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Although Hildenborough (DvH) is a strictly anaerobic bacterium, it is able to consume oxygen in different cellular compartments, including extensive periplasmic O reduction with hydrogen as electron donor. The genome of DvH revealed the presence of and genes, encoding a quinol oxidase and a cytochrome oxidase, respectively. In the membranes of DvH, we detected both quinol oxygen reductase [inhibited by heptyl-hydroxyquinoline--oxide (HQNO)] and cytochrome oxidase activities. Spectral and HPLC data for the membrane fraction revealed the presence of -, - and type haems, in addition to a majority of -type haems, but no -type haem, in agreement with carbon monoxide-binding analysis. The cytochrome oxidase is thus of the (/) type, a type not previously described. The monohaem cytochrome is an electron donor to the cytochrome oxidase; its encoding gene is located upstream of the operon and is 50-fold more transcribed than encoding the cytochrome oxidase subunit I. Even when DvH is grown under anaerobic conditions in lactate/sulfate medium, the two terminal oxidase-encoding genes are expressed. Furthermore, the quinol oxidase -encoding genes are more highly expressed than the genes. The operon exhibits an atypical genomic organization, with the gene located downstream of . The occurrence of these membrane-bound oxygen reductases in other strictly anaerobic Deltaproteobacteria is discussed.

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