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BMC Microbiol. 2017 Dec 4;17(1):227. doi: 10.1186/s12866-017-1134-z.

Characterization of lpaH2 gene corresponding to lipopeptide synthesis in Bacillus amyloliquefaciens HAB-2.

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Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Foresty, Hainan University, Hainan, China.
Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Foresty, Hainan University, Hainan, China.



Bacillus spp. have prominent ability to suppress plant pathogens and corresponding diseases. Previous analyses of Bacillus spp. revealed numerous gene clusters involved in nonribosomal synthesis of cyclic lipopeptides with distinct antimicrobial action. The 4'-phosphopantetheinyl transferase (PPTase) encoded by sfp gene is a key factor in lipopeptide synthesis in Bacillus spp. In previous study, B. amyloliquefaciens strain HAB-2 was found to inhibit a broad range of plant pathogens, which was attributed to its secondary metabolite lipopeptide.


A sfp homologue lpaH2 which encoded phosphopantetheinyl transferase but shared 71% sequence similarity was detected in strain HAB-2. Disruption of lpaH2 gene resulted in losing the ability of strain HAB-2 to produce lipopeptide, as well as antifungal and hemolytic activities. When lpaH2 replaced sfp gene of B. subtilis strain 168, a non-lipopeptide producer, the genetically engineered strain 168 could produced lipopeptides and recovered antifungal activity. Quantitative PCR assays indicated that, the expression level of lpaH2 in B. subtilis 168 strain decrease to 0.27-fold compared that of the wild type B. amyloliquefaciens strain HAB-2.


Few studies have reported about lpa gene which can replace sfp gene in the different species. Taken together, our study showed for the first time that lpaH2 from B. amyloliquefaciens could replace sfp gene.


Antimicrobial activity; Phosphopantetheinyl transferase; lpaH2; sfp

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