Nutrient depletion may trigger the Yersinia pestis OmpR‐EnvZ regulatory system to promote flea‐borne plague transmission

@article{BontempsGallo2019NutrientDM,
  title={Nutrient depletion may trigger the Yersinia pestis OmpR‐EnvZ regulatory system to promote flea‐borne plague transmission},
  author={S{\'e}bastien Bontemps-Gallo and Marion Fernandez and Am{\'e}lie Dewitte and Etienne Rapha{\"e}l and F. Gherardini and Pradel Elizabeth and L. Koch and F. Biot and A. Reboul and F. Sebbane},
  journal={Molecular Microbiology},
  year={2019},
  volume={112}
}
The flea’s lumen gut is a poorly documented environment where the agent of flea‐borne plague, Yersinia pestis, must replicate to produce a transmissible infection. Here, we report that both the acidic pH and osmolarity of the lumen’s contents display simple harmonic oscillations with different periods. Since an acidic pH and osmolarity are two of three known stimuli of the OmpR‐EnvZ two‐component system in bacteria, we investigated the role and function of this Y. pestis system in fleas. By… Expand
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