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J Mol Microbiol Biotechnol. 2015;25(2-3):178-94. doi: 10.1159/000381214. Epub 2015 Jul 9.

Modeling the Interplay of Pseudomonas putida EIIA with the Potassium Transporter KdpFABC.

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FG Systems Biotechnology, Technische Universität München, Garching, Germany.


The nitrogen phosphotransferase system (PTS(Ntr)) of Pseudomonas putida is a key regulatory device that participates in controlling many physiological processes in a posttranscriptional fashion. One of the target functions of the PTS(Ntr) is the regulation of potassium transport. This is mediated by the direct interaction of one of its components with the sensor kinase KdpD of the two-component system controlling transcription of the kdpFABC genes. From a detailed experimental analysis of the activity of the kdpF promoter in P. putida wild-type and pts mutant strains with varying potassium concentrations, we had highly time-resolved data at hand, describing the influence of the PTS(Ntr) on the transcription of the KdpFABC potassium transporter. Here, this data was used to construct a mathematical model based on a black box approach. The model was able to describe the data quantitatively with convincing accuracy. The qualitative interpretation of the model allowed the prediction of two general points describing the interplay between the PTS(Ntr) and the KdpFABC potassium transporter: (1) the influence of cell number on the performance of the kdpF promoter is mainly by dilution by growth and (2) potassium uptake is regulated not only by the activity of the KdpD/KdpE two-component system (in turn influenced by PtsN). An additional controller with integrative behavior is predicted by the model structure. This suggests the presence of a novel physiological mechanism during regulation of potassium uptake with the KdpFABC transporter and may serve as a starting point for further investigations.

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