Non-essential KDO biosynthesis and new essential cell envelope biogenesis genes in the Escherichia coli yrbG-yhbG locus.

In Escherichia coli and most Gram-negative bacteria, KDO (3-deoxy-D-manno-octulosonate), a component of the lipopolysaccharide inner core, is essential for outer membrane biogenesis and cell viability. Two recently identified genes involved in KDO biosynthesis, kdsD and kdsC, belong to the yrbG-yhbG locus where four additional ORFs (yrbG, yrbK, yhbN and… (More)