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J Bacteriol. 1976 Jun;126(3):1096-103.

Mutants in three genes affecting transport of magnesium in Escherichia coli: genetics and physiology.


Mutants in three genes affecting two Mg2+ transport systems are described. System I, for which Co2+, Mn2+, and Mg2+ are substrates, is inactive in corA mutants corB mutants express system I after growth on high (10 mM) Mg2+ but not low (0.1 mM) Mg2+. Both corA and corB mutants are resistant to Co2+ or Mn2+. corA mutants are sensitive to CA2+. Transport system II is specific for Mg2+ and is repressed by growth on 10 mM Mg2+. mgt mutations inactivate system II. Growth on mgt mutants in normal except on very low (1 muM) concentrations of Mg2+, corA mgt strains exhibit no high-affinity, energy-dependent transport of Mg2+ and require 10 mM Mg2+ for optimal growth. The three genes are not linked. The corA locus is contransducible with ilv at 75 min, corB is cotransducible with pyrB at 85 min, and mgt is cotransducible with malB and mel at 81 min on the genetic map.

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