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Gene. 1996 Oct 17;176(1-2):125-9.

Cloning and sequencing of a Haemophilus ducreyi fur homolog.

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Department of Microbiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599, USA.


Iron regulation in a growing number of bacterial species is being attributed to the presence of a fur (ferric uptake regulation) regulatory system. In the presence of iron, Fur acts as a classical negative regulator, binding conserved sequences within the promoter of iron-repressible genes and blocking transcription. Western blot analysis utilizing Escherichia coli Fur antisera detected a band of approximately 17 kDa in soluble extracts of Haemophilus ducreyi. Additionally, Southern blot hybridization of the H. ducreyi chromosome with a meningococcal fur probe indicated that H. ducreyi might contain a fur homolog. This putative fur homolog was cloned into the E. coli vector pACYC184. This clone was capable of repressing expression of a normally Furregulated lacZ fusion in the fur-background of E. coli strain H1780. The deduced amino acid sequence shows H. ducreyi fur to be 54% identical and 73% similar to E. coli fur, containing putative DNA-binding and metal-binding domains. These data demonstrate that H. ducreyi has a functional fur system.

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