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4 RDases as Terminal Reductases in Organohalide Respiratory Chains

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one ATP is formed per halide ion released in organohalide respiration. From the

dehalogenation of PCE via TCE to cDCE driven by hydrogen oxidation a Gibbs

free energy (ΔG°′) of 189 kJ per mol H2 is gained (Holliger et al. 1998b). This

energy would allow for the formation of almost 2.5 ATP, when 70–80 kJ/mol are

assumed to be necessary to form one ATP from ADP and Pi in vivo (Thauer et al.

1977; Schink and Friedrich 1994). However, the low growth yields of different

PCE-dechlorinating OHRB with hydrogen as electron donor implied a lower value

than one ATP per halide ion removed (Scholz-Muramatsu et al. 1995; Holliger

et al. 1998a; Maymó-Gatell et al. 1997). The latter observation is in line with the

H+/e−-ratio measured for the D. restrictus PCE respiratory chain.

Enzyme activity measurements, cell fractionation, inhibition studies, and quinone identification in combination with proteomic and transcriptomic approaches

provided first hints on the components possibly involved in the electron transfer

chains of the various OHRB. In several studies, the electron-donating enzymes,

i.e., hydrogenase and formate dehydrogenase, were shown to be membrane associated and facing the outside of the cytoplasmic membrane (Miller et al. 1996, 1997;

Schumacher and Holliger 1996; Louie and Mohn 1999; van de Pas et al. 2001a,

b; Nijenhuis and Zinder 2005). The participation of quinones as electron shuttle in the membrane was tested by inhibition experiments with the quinone analog

2-n-heptyl-4-hydroxyquinoline N-oxide (HQNO). In cell suspensions of D. restrictus PCE respiration was significantly inhibited in the presence of HQNO (10 nmol/

mg protein) (Schumacher and Holliger 1996). With D. tiedjei cells an inhibitory

effect of HQNO (150 nmol or 1.5 µmol/mg protein) on the organohalide respiration with 3-chlorobenzoate was observed as well (Louie and Mohn 1999). No effect

of the inhibitor (10 nmol/mg protein) on the PCE respiration in S. multivorans has

been observed (Miller et al. 1996). However, more recent results obtained with

cell suspensions applying higher concentrations of HQNO (80, 240, or 320 nmol/

mg protein) showed a clear inhibition of PCE respiration in this organism (Krauter

2006). In order to prove a specific effect of HQNO on quinol-dependent respiratory chains in S. multivorans, the fumarate respiration was tested as a control and

was shown to be efficiently inhibited by HQNO. The redox difference spectra of

membrane fractions obtained from D. restrictus cells reduced with hydrogen and

subsequently oxidized with PCE also indicated the involvement of menaquinone in

the electron transfer between hydrogen oxidation and PCE reduction (Schumacher

and Holliger 1996). Moreover, in D. restrictus cell suspensions the PCE dechlorination could be driven by reduced 2,3-dimethyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (DMNH2),

a menaquinone analog. These results present evidence for an involvement of quinones in the organohalide respiratory chains of D. restrictus, D. tiedjei, and S. multivorans. This conclusion is supported by the finding that the pathway for quinone

biosynthesis was found to be encoded in the genomes of D. restrictus and S. multivorans (Rupakula et al. 2013; Goris et al. 2014) and by extraction of menaquinones

from the membrane fraction (Scholz-Muramatsu et al. 1995; Holliger et al. 1998a).

A quinone-like compound with an unknown structure has been extracted from D.

tiedjei (Louie and Mohn 1999). The presence of menaquinone and the biosynthetic

pathway, however, may also be based on the essential role of this compound in

other anaerobic respiratory processes in these organisms.

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D. mccartyi is not capable of a respiration other than that of organohalides.

Hence, the absence or presence of quinones and/or the genes encoding the pathway for quinone biosynthesis would be an important indication for or against the

involvement of quinones in organohalide respiration mediated by these organisms. So far, quinones have been extracted only from D. mccartyi strains BAV1

and FL2 (White et al. 2005), although their source is unclear. A complete quinone

biosynthesis pathway is not encoded in any of the D. mccartyi genomes sequenced

up to date (Schipp et al. 2013) and quinones could not be detected by mass spectrometric analysis of membrane extracts of D. mccartyi CBDB1 (L. Adrian, personal communication). No effect of the quinone analog HQNO on the H2-driven

organohalide respiration of 1,2,3-trichlorobenzene (1,2,3-TCB) by D. mccartyi

CBDB1 was found when the cells (5 × 107 cells/ml) were tested for conversion

of the substrate in the presence of 1 µM HQNO (Jayachandran et al. 2004). This

result implies a quinone-independent electron transfer. In addition, DMNH2 did

not function as artificial electron donor for 1,2,3-TCB reductive dechlorination in

the organism (Jayachandran et al. 2004). This observation supported the hypothesis of a quinone-independent electron transfer in the organohalide respiratory

chain of the latter organism and led to the assumption that quinone-dependent and

quinone-independent organohalide respiratory chains may occur among the different OHRB (Fig. 17.5).

So far, biochemical data on the RDases are only available for the apparently

quinone-dependent organohalide respiratory chains. From the structural information and from biochemical analyses of respiratory RDases, no indication for

a direct interaction of the membrane-associated enzymes with the menaquinone

pool in the cytoplasmic membrane has been obtained. Hence, the involvement

of an additional component for quinol oxidation and transfer of the electrons to

the terminal reductase is expected (Fig. 17.5a). The RDases are attached to the

outer face of the cytoplasmic membrane most probably via the small membraneintegral B protein (Neumann et al. 1998). The presence of the B gene is a general feature identified in almost all RDase gene clusters (see Part IV, Chap. 15).

Hydrophobicity plots allowed for the prediction of either two or in most cases

three transmembrane helices in B proteins (Neumann et al. 1998; van de Pas et al.

1999). Since classical sequence motifs for cofactor or metal binding are absent in

the B proteins, electron-conducting metal centers such as iron–sulfur clusters or

heme groups are not expected to be present. Hence, a direct involvement of the B

proteins in electron transfer seems to be rather unlikely. Most RDase gene clusters

do not include genes encoding putative membrane-associated or membrane-integral electron transfer proteins. However, the C protein, a gene product that might

exert such a function, is encoded in a small number of RDase gene clusters (e.g.,

D. hafniense strains TCE1 and Y51 (Maillard et al. 2005; Nonaka et al. 2006) and

Geobacter lovleyi (Wagner et al. 2012)). Although the C proteins show sequence

similarity to membrane-integral regulatory proteins of the NirI/NosR-type

(Saunders et al. 1999; Wunsch and Zumft 2005), an involvement in the electron

transfer to the RDase cannot be excluded. A peripheral, non-membrane-integral

putative FMN-binding domain in the N-terminal half of the C proteins might


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Fig. 17.5  Tentative schemes for the composition of quinone-dependent (a) and quinone-independent

(b) organohalide respiratory chains. MK menaquinone, X quinol dehydrogenase, r.e.f. proton motive

force-driven reverse electron flow (indications for r.e.f. only available for S. multivorans, Miller et al.


harbor a flavin cofactor possibly involved in the electron transfer chain. The membrane-integral C-terminal part displays similarities to the membrane protein NapH,

which is a subunit of the quinol dehydrogenase NapGH involved in electron

transfer to the periplasmic nitrate reductase NapA (Kern and Simon 2008). This

similarity might imply a similar function, however, cysteine-containing motifs

binding two [4Fe–4S] clusters in NapH are absent in PceC. The involvement of a

quinol dehydrogenase in the organohalide respiratory chain was also discussed for

S. multivorans and D. tiedjei, since genes encoding such an enzyme are colocating

with the RDase structural genes in these organisms (Goris et al. 2014). A strong

indication for a functional coupling of the NapGH-like gene products encoded in

close proximity to the pceAB genes in S. multivorans was obtained from co-regulation of the gene expression of both gene clusters.

The redox couples PCE/TCE and TCE/cDCE have a positive standard redox

potential of 580 and 540 mV, respectively (Vogel et al. 1987), a fact that makes

PCE or TCE suitable electron acceptors for microbial respiration. Aromatic halogenated organic compounds such as chlorinated phenols, benzenes, or benzoates

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also exhibit positive standard redox potential, which range from 300 to 500 mV

(Dolfing and Novak 2014). The MK/MKH2 couple has a standard redox potential versus SHE of −74 mV at pH 7.0 (Thauer et al. 1977), therefore, the electron transfer to the halogenated substrate appears thermodynamically feasible.

However, the [CoI] state of the corrinoid cofactor in the RDase with a low midpoint redox potential (≤−350 mV) was identified as the reactive species attacking the organohalide and the iron–sulfur clusters as possible electron donors

for the corrinoid reduction exhibit an even lower midpoint redox potential (see

‘Biochemical characteristics of RDases’). The high potential difference between

the menaquinone pool and the cofactors of the RDase might be overcome by a

reverse electron flow (r.e.f.), in which the electrochemical proton potential drives

a thermodynamically unfavorable electron transfer reaction. When suspensions of

S. multivorans cells were tested for PCE reduction coupled to hydrogen or formate

oxidation in the presence of protonophores such as carbonyl cyanide-p-trifluoromethoxyphenyl hydrazone (FCCP; 15 nmol/mg protein), reductive dehalogenation was completely inhibited (Miller et al. 1996). Fumarate respiration was not

affected under these conditions. In addition, PCE reduction was not observed in

cell-free extracts of the organism or in cells treated with mild detergents. From

these results, the requirement of the proton gradient for the organohalide respiration in S. multivorans became obvious and the involvement of a reverse electron flow to overcome the thermodynamical barrier between the midpoint redox

potential of the quinone and the metal cofactors of the RDase was proposed. The

dependence on the proton motive force does not seem to be a general property of

organohalide respiratory chains. Since H2-reduced cells of D. restrictus efficiently

dehalogenated PCE or TCE in the presence of the uncoupling agent carbonyl cyanide-m-chlorophenyl hydrazone (CCCP; 15 nmol/mg protein), the involvement of

a reverse electron flow in this quinone-dependent organohalide respiratory chain is

doubtful (Schumacher and Holliger 1996). Whether this difference reflects a different composition of the organohalide respiratory chain has to be investigated in

the future.

Only little is known about the composition of the electron transfer chain in the

organohalide-respiring D. mccartyi. Since quinones do not appear to be involved

in electron transfer, a direct interaction of electron-donating and electron-accepting oxidoreductases is feasible (Fig. 17.5b). From the measurement of the protein abundance in diverse D. mccartyi strains initial results were obtained about

the types of electron-donating enzymes involved in the organohalide respiration

(Adrian et al. 2007; Morris et al. 2007). D. mccartyi is able to use hydrogen as

sole electron donor, but not formate (Löffler et al. 2013). Among the highly abundant proteins in D. mccartyi cells, a membrane-bound uptake [NiFe] hydrogenase

was identified and a putative formate dehydrogenase (Fdh). Since D. mccartyi

lacks a formate metabolism, the latter enzyme appears to convert a different but

not yet identified substrate. An essential cysteine or selenocysteine, which is present in the active site of formate dehydrogenases of other organisms, is replaced

by a serine in the D. mccartyi enzyme. The role of this oxidoreductase in the D.

mccartyi organohalide respiratory chain has to be unraveled in further studies.


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17.5 Assembly of RDases

The physiologically active form of the respiratory RDases is located at the outer

face of the cytoplasmic membrane (Nijenhuis and Zinder 2005; John et al. 2006;

Reinhold et al. 2012), most probably attached to the membrane-integral B protein. The precursor protein of the RDase is produced inside the cell with a Tat

(twin arginine translocation) signal peptide at its N-terminus (Fig. 17.6). This

signal peptide is required for the recognition of the precursor by the Tat export

machinery in the membrane (Palmer and Berks 2012). Except for the conserved

Tat consensus sequence, including the essential twin arginine, a high sequence

variability is observed among the RDase signal peptides, which might reflect an

adaptation to the different Tat translocases in the phylogenetically diverse OHRB.

The membrane-integral Tat translocase is known to export folded, in most cases

cofactor-containing proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane. The biosynthesis of the metal-cofactors of the RDases, i.e., two iron–sulfur clusters (Fontecave

and Ollagnier-de-Choudens 2008) and the corrinoid cofactor (Warren et al. 2002;

Moore et al. 2013), is mediated in the cytoplasm of the cell. Each type of cofactor is produced by a specific set of enzymes and is transferred, most probably in

a fully assembled form, into the RDase apoprotein. Some OHRB are not able to

synthesize corrinoids de novo (see Part V, Chap. 19). These organisms are dependent on corrinoid salvaging from the environment (e.g., D. mccartyi; Löffler et al.

2013), which is initiated by the ABC transport system BtuCDF (Hvorup et al.

2007; Korkhov et al. 2014). Natural cobamides (‘complete’ corrinoids containing

Fig. 17.6  Model of the RDase maturation. RR twin arginine motif of the Tat signal peptide,

cob/cbi corrinoid biosynthesis genes, isc/suf iron sulfur cluster biosynthesis genes

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an upper and a lower ligand) display structural diversity in the nucleotide loop,

which harbors the cobamide’s lower ligand base (Fig. 17.2) (Crofts et al. 2013).

Recently, evidence became available that among RDase enzymes specificities

toward structurally different corrinoid cofactors exist, especially with respect to

the type of lower ligand base present in the nucleotide loop substructure (Yan et al.

2012; Yi et al. 2012; Keller et al. 2014).

Either RDases contain two [4Fe–4S] clusters or one [4Fe–4S] cluster and

one [3Fe–4S] cluster (Table 1). In general, three biosynthetic machineries were

described for the formation of iron–sulfur clusters (summarized in Fontecave and

Ollagnier-de-Choudens 2008). The nif system is involved in nitrogenase maturation (Jacobson et al. 1989). The isc (iron–sulfur-cluster formation)-system (Zheng

et al. 1998) seems to fulfill the role of a housekeeping biosynthetic pathway,

since it was found in many organisms. The also frequently detected suf (sulfur

mobilization)-system (Takahashi and Tokumoto 2002) is required for iron–sulfur

cluster biosynthesis under unfavorable conditions (e.g., high level of reactive oxygen species or limitations in iron supply) (Nachin et al. 2003; Outten et al. 2004).

All three pathways display an overlapping functionality, which allow for mutual

complementation, provided that more than one pathway is present in a single

organism. The pre-assembly of the iron–sulfur clusters on scaffold proteins (IscU,

SufU, NifU) is a common theme in all three biosynthetic pathways. The incorporation of the clusters into the target apoprotein requires a close contact with

the proteins involved in their biosynthesis. Such a protein–protein interaction is

expected to occur during maturation of the RDase precursor in the cytoplasm but

was not experimentally proven so far. A classical scaffold protein, which serves as

‘backbone’ for cofactor assembly, seems to be absent in the corrinoid biosynthetic

pathway (Warren et al. 2002). However, the adenosyltransferase CobA is present,

which is on the one hand responsible for the adenosylation of the central cobalt

during the late steps of corrinoid production and on the other hand was shown to

deliver cobamides to the target enzymes (Padovani et al. 2008). If this mechanism

applies to RDases has not yet been tested.

In general, a proper incorporation of the cofactors was found to be a prerequisite for correct folding and subsequent Tat-dependent export of metal cofactorcontaining redox enzymes (Sargent 2007). Impairment of cofactor biosynthesis

usually leads to an enrichment of the enzyme precursor in the cytoplasm and is

often accompanied by degradation of the unfolded apoprotein. When the PCEdehalogenating S. multivorans was isolated, a non-dechlorinating variant of the

organism has been obtained (Siebert et al. 2002). The so-called S. multivorans

strain N lacks the corrinoid cofactor of the PCE reductive dehalogenase, which

makes the organism unable to grow with PCE. The precursor of PceA (prePceA)

has not been detected in crude extracts of strain N, although the pceA gene is

intact. The pceA transcript was produced, albeit its level was reduced in comparison to the PCE-dechlorinating S. multivorans isolate.

A negative effect on the Tat-dependent translocation of PceA in S. multivorans

has been observed when the organism was cultivated for a few generations with

fumarate as terminal electron acceptor instead of PCE (John et al. 2006). Under


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these conditions, the precursor of the enzyme, prePceA, accumulated in the cytoplasm. The PceA activity in such fumarate-grown cells was comparable to cells

cultivated with PCE. Hence, the maturation of the enzyme, i.e., the cofactor acquisition, was not affected. Only the membrane export was hindered. The mechanism

underlying this unique phenomenon is still unknown. Comparable growth experiments with the PCE-converting D. hafniense Y51 resulted in an accumulation and

aggregation of prePceA in the cytoplasm during subcultivation of the organism on

fumarate instead of PCE (Reinhold et al. 2012). A significant decrease in the corrinoid cofactor production was monitored concomitantly, which might be responsible for the aggregate formation of catalytically inactive prePceA inside the cells.

Besides prePceA, the intracellular protein aggregates contained PceT, which is a

PceA-specific chaperone (see below), and CobT (nicotinate–nucleotide dimethylbenzimidazole phosphoribosyltransferase) (Crofts et al. 2013), which is an enzyme

of the corrinoid biosynthetic pathway. The co-aggregation of these proteins in significant amounts together with prePceA points to an impaired maturation of the

RDase in fumarate-grown cells, which leaves an intermediate protein complex


The maturation of RDases is a multistep process including cofactor incorporation and protein folding. In case of the respiratory RDases, the biosynthesis

is completed by the Tat-dependent membrane export of the catalytically active

enzyme. The involvement of general molecular chaperones such as the Trigger

Factor, DnaK, or GroEL (Kim et al. 2013; Castanié-Cornet et al. 2014) in the biosynthesis of RDases has not been proven up to date. In addition, substrate specific chaperones such as redox enzyme maturation proteins (REMPs) (Turner

et al. 2004) do not seem to be associated with most of the RDases. However, a

few RDase gene clusters include open reading frames encoding putative folding

helper proteins. The cpr gene cluster of D. dehalogenans harbors the accessory

genes cprD and cprE, the gene products of which show the highest sequence similarity to chaperones of the GroEL type (Smidt et al. 2000). A role of the respective

gene products in the maturation of the ortho-chlorophenol reductive dehalogenase (CprA) could not yet been assigned to either of the putative chaperones.

Also encoded in the cpr gene region is CprT, a putative trigger factor like chaperone. CprT displays amino acid sequence similarity to the trigger factor protein,

which is a ribosome-associated general chaperone acting on nascent protein chains

(Kim et al. 2013). Out of the three protein domains present in the trigger factor

structure, i.e., the N-terminal domain responsible for ribosome-binding, the peptidyl–prolyl cis–trans isomerase domain, and the C-terminal domain, only two

are encoded in the cprT gene. The N-terminal-domain of trigger factor is absent

in CprT. RDase specific trigger factor-like chaperones of the CprT type are only

found in a small number of RDase gene clusters including the clusters that encode

the PCE reductive dehalogenase (PceA) of D. hafniense strains TCE1 and Y51

(Maillard et al. 2005; Nonaka et al. 2006) and of G. lovleyi (Wagner et al. 2012)

as well as the chlorophenol RDase (RdhA3) of D. hafniense DCB-2 (Kim et al.


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The role of the PceT protein of D. hafniense strains Y51 and TCE1 in RDase

biosynthesis was investigated in more detail (Morita et al. 2009; Maillard et al.

2011). The peptidyl–prolyl cis–trans isomerase domain of PceT was proven to be

functional and an interaction of the chaperone with prePceA, the Tat signal peptide

bearing precursor of the PCE reductive dehalogenase, was demonstrated. Maillard

et al. (2011) reported evidence for binding of PceT to the Tat signal peptide of

prePceA and a positive effect on the solubility of the enzyme’s precursor in the

heterologous expression host Escherichia coli. Recently, the functional heterologous production of Desulfitobacterium RDases together with CprT/PceT-like

chaperones was accomplished (Mac Nelly et al. 2014; see ‘Heterologous production of RDases’), which benefited from those earlier observations. Since the

Tat signal peptide is required for the recognition of prePceA by the Tat translocase, the release of PceT from the signal peptide prior to prePceA export across

the membrane is proposed. Structural data for PceA of S. multivorans showed the

mature enzyme in a homodimeric form (Bommer et al. 2014). It is unclear, if the

respiratory RDases obtain their oligomeric state already inside the cells, which

might also be assisted by chaperones. Recently, RDase enzymes were described,

which are lacking the Tat signal peptide and are therefore predicted to be located

in the cytoplasm of the cell (Chen et al. 2013; Payne et al. 2015). The 3D-structure

of the ortho-bromophenol RDase of N. pacificus showed a monomeric enzyme

containing a corrinoid and two [4Fe-4S] clusters as metal cofactors. Hence, it

is likely that all RDase apoproteins, including the non-respiratory RDases, need

accessory proteins for cofactor acquisition and folding.

17.6 Heterologous Production of RDases

Over the last 20 years several hundred RDase gene sequences were deposited in

databases (Hug et al. 2013). RDase enzymes are present in bacteria belonging

to diverse phyla and expected to play a role in the global halogen cycle at various habitats (e.g., forest soil, fresh water sediments, and marine subseafloor).

However, only a little number of RDases has been purified and biochemically

characterized. A systematic analysis of RDases from a microbial community or a

certain organism is often hampered by difficulties in the cultivation and isolation

of OHRB. The growth yields of OHRB on halogenated substrates are usually low,

which makes the production of sufficient biomass for enzyme purification laborious. This applies especially to the metabolically restricted OHRB, which cannot be cultivated with alternative electron acceptors such as nitrate or fumarate to

obtain more biomass. In addition, in most OHRB more than one RDase gene is

present and the expression profiles of the respective genes in the presence of different halogenated substrates often overlap. Hence, the assignment of a substrate

spectrum to a specific RDase is almost impossible when crude extract rather than

purified enzyme is used in RDase activity measurements.


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During the last two decades efforts were made to produce RDases heterologously using E. coli as standard expression host (Neumann et al. 1998; Suyama

et al. 2002; Kimoto et al. 2010; Sjuts et al. 2012). Such experiments resulted in

the production of catalytically inactive apoprotein, arrested in cytoplasmic protein

aggregates (i.e., inclusion bodies). E. coli is not able to synthesize corrinoids de

novo (Blattner et al. 1997), which was discussed as the reason for the formation

of inactive RDase protein in this organism (Neumann et al. 1998). Recent publications reported the corrinoid-producing Gram-negative gammaproteobacterium

Shimwellia blattae, formerly Escherichia blattae (Burgess et al. 1973), and the

Gram-positive Bacillus megaterium (Payne et al. 2015) as suitable hosts for functional heterologous production of RDases. Mac Nelly et al. (2014) accomplished

the production of respiratory RDases of two Desulfitobacterium strains, namely

the PCE reductive dehalogenase (PceA) of D. hafniense Y51 and the chlorophenol RDase (RdhA3) of D. hafniense DCB-2. The RDases were produced with the

N-terminal Tat signal peptide to ensure correct maturation and folding of the protein. However, both RDases appeared to be not exported in S. blattae, since the

Tat signal peptide was not cleaved off. The RDase activity in crude extract of the

S. blattae production strains was stimulated by the coproduction of the dedicated

chaperones PceT or RdhT, respectively. Actually, the formation of catalytically

active RdhA3 was strictly dependent on the presence of the folding helper protein. Up to date no RDase seemingly lacking a dedicated chaperone was tested

in this system. The formation of active RDase in the S. blattae production strains

was also increased by raising the intracellular corrinoid level. This was achieved

by the addition of exogenous corrinoid (i.e., hydroxocobalamin) and 5,6-dimethylbenzimidazole, the precursor of the corrinoid’s lower ligand base, to the growth

medium and by cultivation of S. blattae on glycerol as growth substrate. For the

conversion of glycerol a corrinoid-dependent glycerol dehydratase is required in

S. blattae, the corrinoid demand of which might stimulate the corrinoid production

by the organism (Andres et al. 2004). The cultivation of S. blattae for RDase production was performed under anaerobic conditions. This was dispensable when the

oxygen-insensitive non-respiratory ortho-bromophenol RDase of N. pacificus was

heterologously produced in B. megaterium cultivated in complex medium (Payne

et al. 2015). Based on this achieved progress, the functional heterologous production might pave the way for a better understanding of RDase function and reaction

mechanism in organohalide respiration and for an in-depth analysis of the biosynthesis of these exceptional enzymes. Recently, the vinyl chloride RDase (VcrA)

from D. mccartyi VS was functionally reconstituted by the incorporation of a

corrinoid cofactor and two iron–sulfur clusters into the heterologously produced

VcrA apoprotein (Parthasarathy et al. 2015). In the future, this technique might

allow for the biochemical analysis of different RDases from D. mccartyi strains,

which were not functionally produced so far by heterologous expression of the

respective genes.

Acknowledgements  This work was supported by the DFG Research Unit FOR1530 and the

DFG grants DI314/12-2 and SCHU2605/1-1.

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