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J Bacteriol. 2012 Mar;194(6):1350-60. doi: 10.1128/JB.06418-11. Epub 2012 Jan 13.

Further unraveling the regulatory twist by elucidating metabolic coinducer-mediated CbbR-cbbI promoter interactions in Rhodopseudomonas palustris CGA010.

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Department of Microbiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.


The cbb(I) region of Rhodopseudomonas palustris (Rp. palustris) contains the cbbLS genes encoding form I ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP) carboxylase oxygenase (RubisCO) along with a divergently transcribed regulator gene, cbbR. Juxtaposed between cbbR and cbbLS are the cbbRRS genes, encoding an unusual three-protein two-component (CbbRRS) system that modulates the ability of CbbR to influence cbbLS expression. The nature of the metabolic signals that Rp. palustris CbbR perceives to regulate cbbLS transcription is not known. Thus, in this study, the CbbR binding region was first mapped within the cbbLS promoter by the use of gel mobility shift assays and DNase I footprinting. In addition, potential metabolic coinducers (metabolites) were tested for their ability to alter the cbbLS promoter binding properties of CbbR. Gel mobility shift assays and surface plasmon resonance analyses together indicated that biosynthetic intermediates such as RuBP, ATP, fructose 1,6-bisphosphate, and NADPH enhanced DNA binding by CbbR. These coinducers did not yield identical CbbR-dependent DNase I footprints, indicating that the coinducers caused significant changes in DNA structure. These in vitro studies suggest that cellular signals such as fluctuating metabolite concentrations are perceived by and transduced to the cbbLS promoter via the master regulator CbbR.

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