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Microbiology. 1997 Jul;143 ( Pt 7):2509-15.

Iron acquisition from transferrin and lactoferrin by Pseudomonas aeruginosa pyoverdin.

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Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, Driftmier Engineering Center, University of Georgia, Athens 30602, USA.

Abstract

Growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15692 was promoted when the strain was cultured in an iron-depleted succinate medium, supplemented with transferrin at 30%, 60% and 100% and lactoferrin at 60% and 100% iron-saturation. No significant differences between cell growth and pyoverdin production were observed when transferrin iron saturation was increased from 30% to 100%; however, cell growth and pyoverdin production were strongly dependent on lactoferrin iron saturation. Lower lactoferrin iron saturation (< 30%) resulted in more pyoverdin production and reduced cell growth. Incubation of pyoverdin (1.0 microM) with 10.0 microM transferrin (30%, 60% and 100% iron-saturated) or lactoferrin (60% and 100% iron-saturated) led to quenching of pyoverdin fluorescence. Also, 24 h incubation of pyoverdin (20.0 microM) with these two proteins (20.0 microM, 30%, 60% and 100% iron-saturated transferrin and 60% and 100% iron-saturated lactoferrin) at 25 degrees C resulted in increased absorbance at 460 nm. Both the fluorescence quenching and absorbance increases were iron-saturation-dependent. Taken together, these results support the conclusion that at physiological pH, P. aeruginosa pyoverdin can acquire from partially iron-saturated transferrin or lactoferrin.

PMID:
9245831
DOI:
10.1099/00221287-143-7-2509
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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