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Mol Microbiol. 1994 Sep;13(6):1071-7.

Transcription of the principal sigma-factor genes, rpoD and rpoS, in Pseudomonas aeruginosa is controlled according to the growth phase.

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Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Engineering, Fukuyama University, Hiroshima, Japan.


The rpoS gene encodes the second principal sigma factor of RNA polymerase in stationary-phase cells in Escherichia coli. We examined the transcription of Pseudomonas aeruginosa rpoS as to the growth of cells. The results of quantitative S1 nuclease mapping of rpoS and rpoD, encoding the principal sigma factor, indicated that the transcription of rpoS is induced in stationary-phase cells, whereas that of rpoD is induced in exponential-phase cells. By high-resolution S1 nuclease mapping, the 5'- and 3'-ends of rpoS mRNA were determined. The results indicated that rpoS is transcribed as a monocistronic mRNA. The sequence preceding the 5' end of rpoS mRNA showed poor homology to the consensus sequences of the previously known promoters. P. aeruginosa rpoS was not transcribed in E. coli. By in vitro transcription assaying, P. aeruginosa rpoS was shown to be transcribed by the RNA polymerase fraction containing the principal sigma (sigma 70)-RNA polymerase of P. aeruginosa.

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