Molecular mechanism of the regulation of expression of plasmid-encoded mouse bacteremia (mba) genes in Salmonella serovar Choleraesuis
A positive regulator was identified within a 2.3 kb fragment of the 6.4 kb mouse bacteremia region (mba region) of the virulence pKDSC50 plasmid of Salmonella choleraesuis. Sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis showed that Escherichia coli K-12 carrying the recombinant plasmids of the 2.3 kb fragment produced Mba1 protein with a molecular mass of 32 kDa. The recombinant plasmids carrying a 4.1 kb fragment, the other part of 6.4 kb region, produced Mba2 (32 kDa), Mba3 (70 kDa) and Mba4 (29 kDa) proteins. All three proteins were expressed by using the lacZ promoter under isopropyl thiogalactoside induction. In contrast to this, Mba3 protein was overexpressed independently of the lacZ promoter when the 2.3 kb fragment coexisted either in cis or trans. These results suggest that Mba1 is a trans-acting positive regulator for the expression of the Mba3 protein of mba region of pKDSC50.