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Res Microbiol. 2003 Jul-Aug;154(6):443-50.

Vir90, a virulence-activated gene coding for a Bordetella pertussis iron-regulated outer membrane protein.

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Cátedra de Microbiología, Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Junín 956, 1113 Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Bordetella pertussis undergoes phenotypic changes modulated by the bvgAS locus, which regulates the expression of many genes related to virulence and immunogenicity. We previously reported the N-terminal sequence of a 90 kDa bvg-regulated outer membrane protein (OMP) of B. pertussis (SWISS-PROT accession No. p81549), a novel potential virulence factor that we named Vir90. The open reading frames (ORFs) which potentially code for Vir90 in B. pertussis, B. parapertussis and B. bronchiseptica were identified by computer analysis of the genomic sequences available for the three Bordetella species. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the vir90 upstream region revealed the presence of a putative promoter, a BvgA binding site and a putative Fur binding site. The B. pertussis Vir90 protein showed significant homology with ferrisiderophore receptors from Gram-negative bacteria. An antiserum raised against Vir90His recombinant protein recognized the 90-kDa protein in immunoblots of OMPs from these three virulent Bordetella species. The accumulation of the Vir90 protein increased 4-fold under low iron growth conditions. Therefore, the vir90 gene is expressed in the tested species and its expression is regulated positively by the BvgAS system and negatively under high iron concentration, likely by Fur.

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