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A gene cluster containing a gene for maleylacetate reductase (EC 1.3.1.32) was cloned from 335 (DSM 531), which is able to utilize 4-fluorobenzoate as sole carbon source. Sequencing of this gene cluster showed that the 335 maleylacetate reductase gene, , is part of a novel gene cluster, which is not related to the known maleylacetate-reductase-encoding gene clusters. It otherwise comprises a gene for a hypothetical membrane transport protein, , possibly co-transcribed with , and a presumed regulatory gene, , which is divergently transcribed from . MacA was found to be most closely related to TftE, the maleylacetate reductase from AC1100 (62 % identical positions) and to a presumed maleylacetate reductase from a dinitrotoluene catabolic gene cluster from R34 (61 % identical positions). By expressing in , it was confirmed that encodes a functional maleylacetate reductase. Purification of maleylacetate reductase from 4-fluorobenzoate-grown 335 cells allowed determination of the N-terminal sequence of the purified protein, which was shown to be identical to that predicted from the cloned gene, thus proving that the gene is, in fact, recruited for growth of 335 with this substrate.

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