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Arch Microbiol. 1996 Jul;166(1):58-63.

Identification of two classes of transcriptional regulator genes in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942.

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Department of Biology, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843-3258, USA.


We designed a strategy to isolate and characterize response regulator genes from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942 based on the premise that cyanobacterial response regulators would bear strong similarity to their counterparts from other eubacteria. Two response regulator genes, srrA and srrB, were isolated from Synechococcus and found to encode proteins similar to the OmpR subclass of response regulators. Disruption of either gene by insertional mutagenesis did not produce an obvious phenotype and did not affect the accumulation of psbAII mRNA under high-light conditions, indicating that these gene products are not involved in mediating the well characterized standard- to high-light transition response of photosystem II genes in this cyanobacterium. Analysis of the chromosomal region adjacent to srrA revealed the presence of another presumptive transcriptional activator gene. This gene, named lrrA, belongs to the lysR family. Attempts to disrupt lrrA or an adjacent ORF (orfG) were not successful, suggesting that these genes are important for the growth of Synechococcus.

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