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J Bacteriol. 1991 Nov;173(21):6798-806.

The agmR gene, an environmentally responsive gene, complements defective glpR, which encodes the putative activator for glycerol metabolism in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary Health Sciences Center, Alberta, Canada.


The genes for the peripheral glycerol carbon metabolic pathway (glp) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa are postulated to be positively regulated by GlpR. A gene complementing the glpR2 allele, affecting expression of the putative activator, was cloned by a bacteriophage mini-D3112-based in vivo cloning method. Mini-D3112 replicons were isolated by transfecting glpR2 strain PRP406 and selecting clones able to grow on minimal medium containing glycerol as the sole carbon and energy source. Preliminary biochemical characterization indicated that the cloned activator gene for glycerol metabolism (agmR) may not be allelic to glpR. Restriction analysis and recloning of DNA fragments located the agmR gene to a 2.3-kb EcoRV-SstI DNA fragment. In a T7 RNA polymerase expression system, a single 26,000-Da protein was expressed from this DNA fragment. The amino acid sequence of this protein, deduced from the nucleotide sequence reported here, demonstrates its homology to the effector (or regulator) proteins of the environmentally responsive two-component regulators. The carboxy-terminal region of AgmR contains a possible helix-turn-helix DNA-binding motif and resembles sequences found in transcriptional regulators of the LuxR family.

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