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J Zhejiang Univ Sci. 2004 Feb;5(2):173-9.

A pair of two-component regulatory genes ecrA1/A2 in S. coelicolor.

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College of Life Science, Zhejiang University, Hongzhou 310027, China.


Two-component genes are kinds of genetic elements involved in regulation of antibiotic production in Streptomyces coelicolor. DNA microarray analysis revealed that ecrA1/A2, which mapped at distant sites from red locus and encode respectively the kinase and regulator, expressed coordinately with genes of Red specific biosynthetic pathway. ecrA1 and ecrA2 gene-disruptive mutants were constructed using homogenotisation by reciprocal double crossover. Fermentation data showed that the undecylprodigiosin (Red) level of production was lower than that of wild-type strain. However, the change of the actinorhodin (Act) production level was not significant compared with wild type. Thus, these experiment results confirmed that the two-component system ecrA1/A2 was positive regulatory element for red gene cluster.

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