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J Bacteriol. 1987 May;169(5):1853-60.

Molybdenum-sensitive transcriptional regulation of the chlD locus of Escherichia coli.

Abstract

The chlD gene in Escherichia coli is required for the incorporation and utilization of molybdenum when the cells are grown with low concentrations of molybdate. We constructed chlD-lac operon fusions and measured expression of the fusion, Mo cofactor, and nitrate reductase activities under a variety of growth conditions. The chlD-lac fusion was highly expressed when cells were grown with less than 10 nm molybdate. Increasing concentrations of molybdate caused loss of activity, with less than 5% of the activity remaining at 500 nM molybdate; when tungstate replaced molybdate, it had an identical affect on chlD expression. Expression of chlD-lac was increased in cells grown with nitrate. Strains with chlD-lac plus an additional mutation in a chl or nar gene were constructed to test whether the regulation of chlD-lac required the concerted action of gene products involved with Mo cofactor or nitrate reductase synthesis. Mutations in narL prevented the increase in activity in response to nitrate; mutations in chlB, narC, or narI resulted in partial constitutive expression of the chlD-lac fusion: the fusion was regulated by molybdate, but it no longer required the presence of nitrate for maximal activity. Mutations in chlA, chlE, or chlG which affect Mo cofactor metabolism, did not affect the expression of chlD-lac.

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PMC212035
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