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Mol Microbiol. 1993 May;8(3):625-35.

Multiple copies of a DNA sequence from Pseudomonas syringae pathovar phaseolicola abolish thermoregulation of phaseolotoxin production.

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Department of Plant Pathology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu 96822.


Phaseolotoxin, a phytotoxin of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola, is produced at 18 degrees C but not at 28 degrees C. Here we report that a fragment (24.4 kb) cloned from the wild-type strain, which does not harbour a gene(s) involved in phaseolotoxin biosynthesis, abolishes this thermoregulation in the wild type and suppresses a Tox- mutant at both temperatures. A subclone harbouring a 485 bp fragment contains motifs that are characteristic of DNA-binding sites. In mobility shift assays we have detected a protein(s) from the wild-type and the mutant strains, grown at appropriate temperatures, that specifically binds to the fragment containing the DNA-binding motifs. We propose that the binding protein is a repressor which is 'titrated' by this fragment when it is present in the cell on a multiple copy plasmid, thus allowing expression of phaseolotoxin genes.

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