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CcpA mediates the catabolite repression of tst in Staphylococcus aureus


Seidl, K; Bischoff, M; Berger-Bächi, B (2008). CcpA mediates the catabolite repression of tst in Staphylococcus aureus. Infection and Immunity, 76(11):5093-5099.

Abstract

Some clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus produce the superantigenic toxic shock syndrome toxin TSST-1, encoded by tst and located on pathogenicity islands. The expression of tst is complex, and influenced by environmental conditions such as pH, CO2 and glucose. We identified a putative catabolite responsive element (cre) in the promoter region of all known tst genes, indicating that tst transcription may be regulated by the catabolite control protein CcpA. By introducing tst-genes under their native promoter or tst-promoter-reporter gene fusions in wild type strain Newman, we showed that glucose was able to repress tst transcription and TSST-1 production, whereas glucose repression was abolished in the corresponding DeltaccpA mutant. Stabilizing the pH ruled out a pH effect due to acid production during glucose catabolism. CcpA thus directly regulates tst transcription, linking carbohydrate utilization to virulence gene expression in S. aureus.

Abstract

Some clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus produce the superantigenic toxic shock syndrome toxin TSST-1, encoded by tst and located on pathogenicity islands. The expression of tst is complex, and influenced by environmental conditions such as pH, CO2 and glucose. We identified a putative catabolite responsive element (cre) in the promoter region of all known tst genes, indicating that tst transcription may be regulated by the catabolite control protein CcpA. By introducing tst-genes under their native promoter or tst-promoter-reporter gene fusions in wild type strain Newman, we showed that glucose was able to repress tst transcription and TSST-1 production, whereas glucose repression was abolished in the corresponding DeltaccpA mutant. Stabilizing the pH ruled out a pH effect due to acid production during glucose catabolism. CcpA thus directly regulates tst transcription, linking carbohydrate utilization to virulence gene expression in S. aureus.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Microbiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:18 August 2008
Deposited On:06 Nov 2008 13:54
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:28
Publisher:American Society for Microbiology
ISSN:0019-9567
Additional Information:Copyright: American Society for Microbiology
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1128/IAI.00724-08
PubMed ID:18710862

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