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Res Microbiol. 2000 Oct;151(8):619-27.

Characterization of an OprF-deficient mutant suggests that OprF is an essential protein for Pseudomonas fluorescens strain MF0.

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Laboratoire de microbiologie du froid, université de Rouen, IFRSI 61CNRS-Inserm, Evreux, France.


A stable OprF-deficient mutant for Pseudomonas fluorescens strain MF0 was constructed using reverse genetics. This mutant, called MF372, showed a rounded morphology and grew more slowly in minimal medium, but not in rich medium. Contrary to other Pseudomonas strains, the loss of OprF for strain MF0 was accompanied by an altered outer membrane composition. At least three outer membrane proteins were overexpressed, apparently as a consequence of adaptive mutations. The N-terminal sequence of two of them revealed strong similarities with porins of the OprD family from P. aeruginosa. The data presented here shows that OprF may be an essential protein for this P. fluorescens strain.

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