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Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2004;84(3-4):247-55.

The Mycobacterium tuberculosis dosRS two-component system is induced by multiple stresses.

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Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, London NW1 0TU, UK.


Induction of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis dosR gene, which is known to respond to hypoxia, was measured using RTq-PCR following exposure to different stresses. Increased expression was seen after exposure to S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), ethanol and (to a lesser extent) H2O2, but not heat- or cold-shock. We also demonstrated that hspX, which is dependent on dosR for expression, is induced when cultures are left standing for 30 min, while significant but minor induction was seen following a 10 min centrifugation. Microarray analysis was used to compare gene expression in wild-type and deltadosR strains following 30 min standing. Fifty-two genes were significantly up-regulated, and 19 genes were down-regulated. These included genes that had previously been reported as being part of the dosR regulon, and also some novel ones.

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