Protective role of bacterial alkanesulfonate monooxygenase under oxidative stress

Chulwoo Park, Bora Shin, Woojun Park

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Bacterial alkane metabolism is associated with a number of cellular stresses, including membrane stress and oxidative stress, and the limited uptake of charged ions such as sulfate. In the present study, the genes ssuD and tauD in Acinetobacter oleivorans DR1 cells, which encode an alkanesulfonate monooxygenase and a taurine dioxygenase, respectively, were found to be responsible for hexadecanesulfonate (C16SO3H) and taurine metabolism, and Cbl was experimentally identified as a potential regulator of ssuD and tauD expression. The expression of ssuD and tauD occurred under sulfate-limited conditions generated during n-hexadecane degradation. Interestingly, expression analysis and knockout experiments suggested that both genes are required to protect cells against oxidative stress, including that generated by n-hexadecane degradation and H2O2 exposure. Measurable levels of intracellular hexadecanesulfonate were also produced during n-hexadecane degradation. Phylogenetic analysis suggested that ssuD and tauD are mainly present in soildwelling aerobes within the Betaproteobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria classes, which suggests that they function as controllers of the sulfur cycle and play a protective role against oxidative stress in sulfur-limited conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00692
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant awarded by the South Korean government (MSIP) (grant NRF-2019R1A2C1088452).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 American Society for Microbiology.


  • Acinetobacter oleivorans DR1
  • Hexadecanesulfonate
  • Oxidative stress
  • Soil-dwelling aerobe
  • SsuD
  • Sulfate limitation
  • TauD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology


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