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J Bacteriol. 2011 Sep;193(18):4933-42. doi: 10.1128/JB.00429-11. Epub 2011 Jul 15.

Identification of Rgg binding sites in the Streptococcus pyogenes chromosome.

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Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, Lee Medical Building, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390, USA.


Streptococcus pyogenes Rgg is a regulatory protein that controls the transcription of 588 genes in strain NZ131 during the post-exponential phase of growth, including the virulence-associated genes encoding the extracellular SpeB protease, pullulanase A (PulA), and two extracellular nucleases (SdaB and Spd-3). Rgg binds to DNA proximally to the speB promoter (PspeB) to activate transcription; however, it is not known if Rgg binds to the promoters of other genes to influence expression, or if the perturbation of other global regulons accounts for the genome-wide changes in expression associated with the mutant. To address this issue, chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by DNA microarray analysis (ChIP-chip) was used to identify the DNA binding sites of Rgg. Rgg bound to 65 sites in the chromosome. Thirty-five were within noncoding DNA, and 43% of these were adjacent to genes previously identified as regulated by Rgg. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays were used to assess the binding of Rgg to a subset of sites bound in vivo, including the noncoding DNA upstream of speB, the genes encoding PulA, Spd-3, and a transcriptional regulator (SPY49_1113), and prophage-associated genes encoding a putative integrase (SPY49_0746) and a surface antigen (SPY49_0396). Rgg bound to all target DNAs in vitro, consistent with the in vivo results. Finally, analyses with a transcriptional reporter system showed that the DNA bound by Rgg contained an active promoter that was regulated by Rgg. Overall, the results indicate that Rgg binds specifically to multiple sites in the chromosome, including prophage DNA, to influence gene expression.

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