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VirG, a Yersinia enterocolitica lipoprotein involved in Ca2+ dependency, is related to exsB of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Allaoui, A. and Scheen, R. and Lambert de Rouvroit, C. and Cornelis, G. R.. (1995) VirG, a Yersinia enterocolitica lipoprotein involved in Ca2+ dependency, is related to exsB of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of bacteriology, Vol. 177, H. 15. S. 4230-4237.

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Abstract

Pathogenic yersiniae require Ca2+ for growth at 37 degrees C. They harbor closely related plasmids of about 70 kb that are essential for virulence. At 37 degrees C and in the absence of Ca2+ ions, these plasmids cause a decrease in growth rate and the release of large amounts of proteins called Yops. Here we describe the virG gene of Yersinia enterocolitica; virG is located just upstream of the virF gene, which encodes the transcriptional activator of some plasmid virulence factors. Analysis of the VirG amino acid sequence suggested that virG encodes a lipoprotein, which was confirmed by [3H]palmitate labeling of VirG-PhoA fusion proteins. A nonpolar virG mutant was constructed and found to be Ca2+ independent for growth at 37 degrees C but to still secrete Yops. This phenotype was complemented by the introduction of a plasmid harboring an intact virG gene. VirG was found to be homologous to ExsB, a protein encoded by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa gene located in the locus controlling exoenzyme S synthesis. Interestingly, the exsA gene, located just downstream of exsB, is also homologous to virF.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Molecular Microbiology (Cornelis)
UniBasel Contributors:Cornelis, Guy R.
Item Type:Article, refereed
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Publisher:American Society for Microbiology
ISSN:1098-5530
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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