Seventeen Sxy-dependent cyclic AMP receptor protein site-regulated genes are needed for natural transformation in Haemophilus influenzae.

Natural competence is the ability of bacteria to actively take up extracellular DNA. This DNA can recombine with the host chromosome, transforming the host cell and altering its genotype. In Haemophilus influenzae, natural competence is induced by energy starvation and the depletion of nucleotide pools. This induces a 26-gene competence regulon (Sxy… CONTINUE READING