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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2001 Aug 7;202(1):139-43.

Construction of a series of mutants lacking all of the four major mex operons for multidrug efflux pumps or possessing each one of the operons from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1: MexCD-OprJ is an inducible pump.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, Tsushima, 700-8530, Okayama, Japan.

Abstract

We constructed a series of deletion mutants lacking all of the four major mex operons for Mex multidrug efflux pumps or possessing each one of the operons from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. The drug specificity of MexAB-OprM, MexXY-OprM and MexCD-OprJ was investigated. Surprisingly, we found that the MexCD-OprJ was an inducible pump, inducers of which were tetraphenylphosphonium chloride, ethidium bromide, rhodamine 6G and acriflavine. Fluoroquinolones, chloramphenicol, erythromycin and tetracycline were not inducers although they were substrates of MexCD-OprJ.

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