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The Burkholderia cenocepacia K56-2 pleiotropic regulator Pbr, is required for stress resistance and virulence


Ramos, C G; Sousa, S A; Grilo, A M; Eberl, L; Leitão, J H (2010). The Burkholderia cenocepacia K56-2 pleiotropic regulator Pbr, is required for stress resistance and virulence. Microbial Pathogenesis, 48(5):168-177.

Abstract

Burkholderia cenocepacia is one of the most virulent species of the Burkholderia cepacia complex, a group of bacteria that emerged as important pathogens, especially to cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. In this study, we report the identification and characterization of a mutant strain derived form the CF isolate Burkholderia cenocepacia K56-2, carrying a plasposon insertion in a gene, located in a 3516 bp chromosomal region with an atypical G+C content, encoding a 80 amino acid putative regulatory protein named Pbr. Besides its inability to produce phenazines, the B. cenocepacia K56-2 pbr mutant exhibited a pleiotropic phenotype, including impaired survival to oxidative and osmotic stress, aromatic amino acid and prolonged nutrient starvation periods. In addition, the pbr mutant exhibited decreased virulence the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Altogether, our results demonstrate the involvement of Pbr on the regulation of phenazine biosynthesis, and an important role for this regulatory protein on several cellular processes related to stress resistance and virulence.

Burkholderia cenocepacia is one of the most virulent species of the Burkholderia cepacia complex, a group of bacteria that emerged as important pathogens, especially to cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. In this study, we report the identification and characterization of a mutant strain derived form the CF isolate Burkholderia cenocepacia K56-2, carrying a plasposon insertion in a gene, located in a 3516 bp chromosomal region with an atypical G+C content, encoding a 80 amino acid putative regulatory protein named Pbr. Besides its inability to produce phenazines, the B. cenocepacia K56-2 pbr mutant exhibited a pleiotropic phenotype, including impaired survival to oxidative and osmotic stress, aromatic amino acid and prolonged nutrient starvation periods. In addition, the pbr mutant exhibited decreased virulence the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Altogether, our results demonstrate the involvement of Pbr on the regulation of phenazine biosynthesis, and an important role for this regulatory protein on several cellular processes related to stress resistance and virulence.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:24 Feb 2011 16:42
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:50
Publisher:Academic Press
ISSN:0882-4010
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.micpath.2010.02.006
PubMed ID:20206249
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-46704

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