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Mol Gen Genet. 1987 Jul;208(3):511-7.

Regulation of major outer membrane porin proteins of Escherichia coli K 12 by pH.

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Atelier de Biotechnologie du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Claude Bernard Lyon I, Villeurbanne, France.


Electrophoretic analysis of total membrane proteins of Escherichia coli cells grown at neutral or acid pH showed that ompF, ompC and lamB porin gene expression was regulated by changes in extracellular pH. Growth at acid pH was correlated with a decrease in outer membrane proteins OmpF and LamB and an increase in protein OmpC. pH-induced effects were confirmed and quantitatively estimated by using strains carrying ompF-lacZ, ompC-lacZ and lamB-lacZ fusions. Our studies showed that the pH-dependent regulation acted at a transcriptional level on ompF and ompC gene expression and also at a post-transcriptional level on ompF gene expression. Similar studies carried out with envZ strains showed that the pH-controlled transducing signal was mediated via the EnvZ protein, although other pH-dependent pathways were also involved.

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