PCR primer sets were designed to target nrfA, the gene encoding the pentaheme nitrite reductase NrfA that catalyzes the nitrite ammonification step in the process of dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA). Details of the nucleotide alignments of the primer target regions of 271 nrfA sequences from reference genomes representing 18 distinct clades of NrfA are shown here along with validation of application to PCR-based methodology including the use of amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) profiling and Illumina platform amplicon-based sequencing of environmental samples and selected reference strains. Summary data tables illustrate the specificity of forward primers nrfAF2awMOD and nrfAF2awMODgeo when paired with the new reverse primer nrfAR1MOD in relation to consensus target reference sequences associated with members of 18 NrfA clades. Specificity of the new primers to nrfA sequences in environmental samples is shown in AFLP analysis and amino acid-translated amplicon sequences obtained with the new primer sets. We also provide sequence alignment files of the full length nrfA genes, PCR reference amplicon alignment, NrfA amino-acid alignment and NrfA translated PCR amplicon-amino acid alignment. The full nucleotide and protein alignments contain 271 reference genomes that represent the 18 identified NrfA clades as a tool to further aid practitioners in examining new sequences corresponding to the primer target regions and allow further primer design modifications if deemed pertinent to specific studies. A more comprehensive analysis of this data may be obtained from (“Optimization of PCR primers to detect phylogenetically diverse nrfA genes associated with nitrite ammonification” Cannon et al., 2019).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Data in Brief|
|State||Published - Aug 2019|
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