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J Bacteriol. 2012 May;194(10):2586-93. doi: 10.1128/JB.05567-11. Epub 2012 Mar 16.

The FsrA sRNA and FbpB protein mediate the iron-dependent induction of the Bacillus subtilis lutABC iron-sulfur-containing oxidases.

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Cornell University, Department of Microbiology, Ithaca, New York, USA.


The Bacillus subtilis ferric uptake regulator (Fur) protein regulates iron homeostasis and directly represses more than 20 operons. Fur indirectly regulates many more genes, including those controlled by the small, noncoding RNA FsrA. FsrA translationally represses numerous target genes and, for at least some targets, appears to function in conjunction with one or more of three small, basic proteins, known as FbpA, FbpB, and FbpC. The lactate-inducible lutABC operon encodes iron sulfur-containing enzymes required for growth on lactate. We here demonstrate that a fur mutant strain grows poorly on lactate due to FsrA-dependent repression of LutABC synthesis. Growth is restored in an fsrA mutant and also partially restored by mutation of the fbpAB operon. Genetic studies indicate that the 48-amino-acid FbpB protein but not FbpA contributes to regulation of lutABC. FbpB may function, at least in part, by increasing the efficiency of FsrA targeting to the lutABC mRNA, since the role of FbpB can be bypassed by modest upregulation of FsrA. These results provide support for a model in which FbpB, and perhaps other Fbp proteins, contributes along with FsrA to the translational regulation of gene expression.

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