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Biometals. 1993 Summer;6(2):85-91.

Zinc affects siderophore-mediated high affinity iron uptake systems in the rhizosphere Pseudomonas aeruginosa 7NSK2.

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Laboratorium voor Fytopathologie & Fytovirologie, Universiteit Gent, Belgium.

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  • Biometals 1993 Winter;6(4):252.


Zinc concentrations ranging between 0.1 and 1 mM only slightly reduced maximal growth of wild-type Pseudomonas aeruginosa 7NSK2 in iron-limiting casamino acid medium, but had a clear negative effect on the growth of mutant MPFM1 (pyoverdin negative) and especially mutant KMPCH (pyoverdin and pyochelin negative). Production of pyoverdin by wild-type strain 7NSK2 was significantly increased in the presence of 0.5 mM zinc and could not be repressed by iron even at a concentration of 100 microM. Siderophore detection via isoelectrofocusing revealed that mutant KMPCH did not produce any siderophores, while mutant MPFM1 overproduced a siderophore with an acidic isoelectric point, most likely pyochelin. Pyochelin production by MPFM1 was stimulated by the presence of zinc in a similar way as pyoverdin for the wild-type. Analysis of outer membrane proteins revealed that three iron regulated outer membrane proteins (IROMPs) (90, 85 and 75 kDa) were induced by iron deficiency in the wild-type, while mutants were found to have altered IROMP profiles. Zinc specifically enhanced the production of a 85 kDa IROMP in 7NSK2, a 75 kDa IROMP in MPFM1 and a 90 kDa IROMP in KMPCH.

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