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PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e46350. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046350. Epub 2012 Sep 26.

Biofilm modifies expression of ribonucleotide reductase genes in Escherichia coli.

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Cellular Biotechnology, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

Ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) is an essential enzyme for all living organisms since is the responsible for the last step in the synthesis of the four deoxyribonucleotides (dNTPs) necessary for DNA replication and repair. In this work, we have investigated the expression of the three-RNR classes (Ia, Ib and III) during Escherichia coli biofilm formation. We show the temporal and spatial importance of class Ib and III RNRs during this process in two different E. coli wild-type strains, the commensal MG1655 and the enteropathogenic and virulent E2348/69, the prototype for the enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC). We have established that class Ib RNR, so far considered cryptic, play and important role during biofilm formation. The implication of this RNR class under the specific growth conditions of biofilm formation is discussed.

PMID:
23050019
PMCID:
PMC3458845
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0046350
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