Bacteriology: ox ox ox ROO or a Sor Rub?

Investigator Michael Strack sends word about some words:

For readers who consider biochemistry a dry discipline, the article “Rubredoxin: Oxygen Oxidoreductase Enhances Survival of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough under Microaerophilic Conditions” provides some contrary evidence, as authors Wildschut et al. provide notable diversity and combinations of memorable abbreviations.

The action is condensed into the very first sentence of the abstract, which states “Genes for superoxide reductase (Sor), rubredoxin (Rub), and rubredoxin: oxygen oxidoreductase (Roo) are located in close proximity in the chromosome of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough”, and continues: “Protein blots confirmed the absence of Roo from roo mutant and sor-rub-roo (srr) mutant cells”.

NB: Roo is the colloquial term for kangaroo for us antipodeans.

The study is:

Rubredoxin: Oxygen Oxidoreductase Enhances Survival of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough under Microaerophilic Conditions,” Janine D. Wildschut, R. Michael Lang, Johanna K. Voordouw, and Gerrit Voordouw [pictured here], Journal of Bacteriology, vol. 188 no. 17, September 2006, pp.  6253-6260.