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The SOS response of bacteria is a global regulatory network targeted at addressing DNA damage. Governed by the products of the lexA and recA genes, it co-ordinates a comprehensive response against DNA lesions and its description in Escherichia coli has stood for years as a textbook paradigm of stress-response systems in bacteria. In this paper we review the(More)
Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli cells have two different class I ribonucleotide reductases encoded by the nrdEF and nrdAB operons. Despite the presence of one additional ribonucleotide reductase, the nrdAB-encoded enzyme is essential to the aerobic growth of the cell because nrdAB-defective mutants of both species are not viable in the presence(More)
The lexA gene of the cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. strain PCC7120 has been cloned by PCR amplification with primers designed after TBLASTN analysis of its genome sequence using the Escherichia coli LexA sequence as a probe. After over-expression in E. coli and subsequent purification, footprinting experiments demonstrated that the Anabaena LexA protein binds(More)
Previous studies have established that the expression of Salmonella enterica pathogenicity island 1 (SPI1), which is essential for epithelial invasion, is mainly regulated by the HilD protein. The ferric uptake regulator, Fur, in turn modulates the expression of the S. enterica hilD gene, albeit through an unknown mechanism. Here we report that S. enterica(More)
The Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium znuABC genes encoding a high-affinity zinc uptake system and its regulatory zur gene have been cloned. Salmonella serovar Typhimurium zur and znuC knockout mutants have been constructed by marker exchange. The 50% lethal dose of the znuC mutant increased when either orally or intraperitoneally inoculated in BALB/c(More)
MOTIVATION Motif-prediction algorithm capabilities for the analysis of bacterial regulatory networks and the prediction of new regulatory sites can be greatly enhanced by the use of comparative genomics approaches. In this study, we make use of a consensus-building algorithm and comparative genomics to conduct an in-depth analysis of the LexA-regulon of(More)
Two DNA probes for the detection of insertion sequence IS200 by either Southern blotting or colony hybridization were constructed. One of the probes is a 300 bp EcoRI-HindIII fragment of IS200 cloned onto pBluescript KS(+); the other is a tail-to-tail dimer of the same fragment cloned onto pUC19. A survey of the presence of IS200 among enteric bacteria(More)
In recent years, the recognition sequence of the SOS repressor LexA protein has been identified for several bacterial clades, such as the Gram-positive, green non-sulfur bacteria and Cyanobacteria phyla, or the 'Alphaproteobacteria', 'Deltaproteobacteria' and 'Gammaproteobacteria' classes. Nevertheless, the evolutionary relationship among these sequences(More)
The Sinorhizobium meliloti uvrA gene was isolated by complementation of a Rhodobacter sphaeroides UvrA- mutant. DNA sequencing of the region upstream of the S. meliloti uvrA gene reveals the presence of the ssb gene in the opposite transcriptional orientation. PCR-mediated mutagenesis demonstrated that expression of these two genes is inducible by DNA(More)
The contribution of iron transporter systems encoded by feo genes to the pathogenic traits of streptococci is largely unknown, despite the fact that those systems are required for the full virulence of several gram-negative bacterial species. In this work, we show that the swine pathogen and zoonotic agent Streptococcus suis has a feoAB operon similar to(More)