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sigmaB activity in a Staphylococcus aureus hemB mutant


Senn, Maria M; Bischoff, Markus; von Eiff, Christof; Berger-Bächi, Brigitte (2005). sigmaB activity in a Staphylococcus aureus hemB mutant. Journal of Bacteriology, 187(21):7397-7406.

Abstract

Inactivation of hemB in Staphylococcus aureus strain Newman resulted in a small-colony phenotype and was accompanied by an altered expression pattern of global regulators and control of virulence factor production. Transcription profiles followed over 15 h by Northern blot analyses revealed that transcripts of the global regulators arl, rot, sae, sarR, sarS, srr, svrA, and sigB disappeared after the exponential phase and that both agr transcripts were completely absent in the hemB mutant. Apart from a general concentration of transcriptional activity to the exponential phase, premature gene expression was observed for rot, hla, and spa. Nevertheless, reported sigmaB-dependent transcripts, such as sarC and clfA, were produced throughout the 15-h growth period monitored. The absence of these transcripts in a hemB sigB double mutant demonstrated their dependence on sigmaB and indicated an unexpected, permanent sigmaB activity in the hemB mutant. Variations in the extents of the directly sigmaB-controlled asp23, rsbVW-sigB, and sarC transcripts argue for additional factors modulating sigmaB activity. This study provides the first extended synopsis of the transcriptional patterns of different regulators over the entire growth cycle in the widely used Newman strain.

Abstract

Inactivation of hemB in Staphylococcus aureus strain Newman resulted in a small-colony phenotype and was accompanied by an altered expression pattern of global regulators and control of virulence factor production. Transcription profiles followed over 15 h by Northern blot analyses revealed that transcripts of the global regulators arl, rot, sae, sarR, sarS, srr, svrA, and sigB disappeared after the exponential phase and that both agr transcripts were completely absent in the hemB mutant. Apart from a general concentration of transcriptional activity to the exponential phase, premature gene expression was observed for rot, hla, and spa. Nevertheless, reported sigmaB-dependent transcripts, such as sarC and clfA, were produced throughout the 15-h growth period monitored. The absence of these transcripts in a hemB sigB double mutant demonstrated their dependence on sigmaB and indicated an unexpected, permanent sigmaB activity in the hemB mutant. Variations in the extents of the directly sigmaB-controlled asp23, rsbVW-sigB, and sarC transcripts argue for additional factors modulating sigmaB activity. This study provides the first extended synopsis of the transcriptional patterns of different regulators over the entire growth cycle in the widely used Newman strain.

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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:2005
Deposited On:10 Aug 2012 14:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:47
Publisher:American Society for Microbiology
ISSN:0021-9193
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1128/JB.187.21.7397-7406.2005
PubMed ID:16237023

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