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J Bacteriol. Apr 1995; 177(7): 1824–1833.
PMCID: PMC176812

Analysis of the pesticin receptor from Yersinia pestis: role in iron-deficient growth and possible regulation by its siderophore.

Abstract

We have sequenced a region from the pgm locus of Yersinia pestis KIM6+ that confers sensitivity to the bacteriocin pesticin to certain strains of Escherichia coli and Y. pestis. The Y. pestis sequence is 98% identical to the pesticin receptor from Yersinia enterocolitica and is homologous to other TonB-dependent outer membrane proteins. Y. pestis strains with an in-frame deletion in the pesticin receptor gene (psn) were pesticin resistant and no longer expressed a group of iron-regulated outer membrane proteins, IrpB to IrpD. In addition, this strain as well as a Y. pestis strain with a mutation constructed in the gene (irp2) encoding the 190-kDa iron-regulated protein HMWP2 could not grow at 37 degrees C in a defined, iron-deficient medium. However, the irp2 mutant but not the psn mutant could be cross-fed by supernatants from various Yersinia cultures grown under iron-deficient conditions. An analysis of the proteins synthesized by the irp2 mutant suggests that HMWP2 may be indirectly required for maximal expression of the pesticin receptor. HMWP2 likely participates in synthesis of a siderophore which may induce expression of the receptor for pesticin and the siderophore.

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