Leul M, Normand P, Sellstedt A
The organization, regulation and phylogeny of uptake hydrogenase genes in Frankia

Physiologia Plantarum: 2007 130:464-470

Frankia alni ACN14a, Frankia sp. CcI3 and Frankia sp. EAN1pec, which have different host specificity and geographical distribution, have two uptake hydrogenase syntons in their genome: hydrogenase synton#1 and hydrogenase synton#2. The organization of hydrogenase genes on these syntons also varies. Phylogenetic analysis of the structural genes of these syntons showed that they were significantly divergent and that hydrogenase synton#1 subunits of these Frankia strains were probably ancestral among the actinobacteria. Hydrogenase gene duplication might have occurred long before emergence of the three Frankia lineages. The structural subunits of hydrogenase HupS2 and HupL2 (synton#2) of F. alni ACN14a and Frankia sp. CcI3, which belong to phylogenetic Frankia cluster 1, were grouped closely together but away from Frankia sp. EAN1pec, which belongs to Frankia cluster 3. Phylogenetic analysis showed the occurrence of lateral transfer of hupL2 in Frankia sp. EAN1pec to or from Geobacter sulfurreducens. The transcript levels of hupS1 and hupL1 relative to hupS2 and hupL2 were higher in F. alni ACN14a grown under free-living conditions. Under symbiotic conditions, transcript levels of hupS2 and hupL2 were higher than those of hupS1 and hupL1. Hydrogenase subunits of synton#1 are more expressed under free-living conditions, whereas those of synton#2 are mainly involved in symbiotic interactions.

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