The wild-type and three deletional interposon mutants (psaE, ndhF, psaE/ndhF) of Synechococcus sp. PCC7002 were analysed with respect to their ability to induce the CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM). The response of the ndhF mutant was similar to that of the control with normal adaptation of CO2 and HCO3/- transport at low CO2. In contrast, the psaE mutant was unable to grow normally at 20 μL·L-1 and could not induce high-affinity HCO3/- uptake. The double mutant showed an even greater degree of impaired growth than the psaE mutant, even at 350 μl·L-1 CO2. It also showed a relatively specific defect in the ability of the cells to induce high- affinity HCO3/--uptake, although when growth was severely restricted at 20 μL.L-1 CO2 there may also have been some effect on the induction of CO2 transport. Our results indicate a key role for psaE-mediated, and to a lesser extent ndhF-mediated, electron transport in efficient utilisation of HCO3/- under low inorganic carbon in Synechococcus sp. PCC7002.
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- Plant Science