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Tetrachloroethene is a prominent groundwater pollutant that can be reductively dechlorinated by mixed anaerobic microbial populations to the nontoxic product ethene. Strain 195, a coccoid bacterium that dechlorinates tetrachloroethene to ethene, was isolated and characterized. Growth of strain 195 with H2 and tetrachloroethene as the electron donor and(More)
L. Sibold, M. Henriquet, O. Possot, and J.-P. Aubert (Res. Microbiol. 142:5-12, 1991) cloned and sequenced two nifH-homologous open reading frames (ORFs) from Methanosarcina barkeri 227. Phylogenetic analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences of the nifH ORFs from M. barkeri showed that nifH1 clusters with nifH genes from alternative nitrogenases, while(More)
The expression of many virulence determinants in Staphylococcus aureus including alpha-hemolysin-, protein A-, and fibronectin-binding proteins is controlled by global regulatory loci such as sar and agr. In addition to controlling target gene expression via agr (e.g. alpha-hemolysin), the sar locus can also regulate target gene transcription via(More)
Methanosarcina barkeri 227 possesses two clusters of genes potentially encoding nitrogenases. We have previously demonstrated that one cluster, called nif2, is expressed under molybdenum (Mo)-sufficient conditions, and the deduced amino acid sequences for nitrogenase structural genes in that cluster most closely resemble those for the Mo nitrogenase of the(More)
Fibronectin-binding proteins (FnBPs) are thought to be important for the attachment of Staphylococcus aureus during infection. The regulation of the genes fnbA and fnbB by the global regulatory loci sar and agr was examined using site-specific regulatory mutants of S. aureus strain Newman. The results from binding assays using both aqueous and solid-phase(More)
The expression of many virulence determinants in Staphylococcus aureus is controlled by regulatory loci such as agr and sar. We have previously shown that the SarA protein is required for optimal transcription of RNAII and RNAIII in the agr locus. To define the specific molecular interaction, we overexpressed SarA as a glutathione S-transferase (GST) fusion(More)
Determination of the nucleotide sequence of the nitrogenase structural genes (nifHDK2) from Methanosarcina barkeri 227 was completed in this study by cloning and sequencing a 2.7-kb BamHI fragment containing the 3' end of nifK2 and 1,390 bp of the nifE2-homologous genes. Open reading frame nifK2 is 1,371 bp long including the stop codon TAA and encodes a(More)
To evaluate the role of SigB in modulating the expression of virulence determinants in Staphylococcus aureus, we constructed a sigB mutant of RN6390, a prototypic S. aureus strain. The mutation in the sigB gene was confirmed by the absence of the SigB protein in the mutant on an immunoblot as well as the failure of the mutant to activate sigmaB-dependent(More)
The control of virulence determinant expression in Staphylococcus aureus is a complex process involving global regulatory loci such as sar and agr. The sar locus consists of a 372 bp sarA open reading frame (ORF) preceded by a triple promoter region interspersed with two putative smaller ORFs (ORF3 and ORF4). The triple promoter system yields three(More)