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標題: Interactions between two MerR regulators and three operator/promoter regions in the mercury resistance module of Bacillus megaterium
作者: Chen, C.Y.
Hsieh, J.L.
Silver, S.
Endo, G.
Huang, C.C.
關鍵字: Bacillus megaterium;mer operon;MerR;gram-positive bacteria;class-ii transposon;natural environments;minamata bay;metal;dna;transcription;operons;genes;japan
Project: Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry
期刊/報告no:: Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Volume 72, Issue 9, Page(s) 2403-2410.
The mercury resistance module of Bacillus transposon TnMERI1 is regulated by three operator/promoter regions (O/P(merB3), O/P(merR1), and O/P(merR2)) and two regulatory proteins (MerR1 and MerR2) encoded by the module itself. To clarify the roles of MerR1 and MerR2 in the regulatory mechanism, both proteins were overexpressed and purified. MerR1 bound the regulatory regions O/P(merB3) and O/P(merR1), with a preference for O/P(merB3) as measured on in vitro gel shift assays. However, TN4erR2 bound OlPmerR29 as revealed by gel shift and restriction endonuclease protection assays. The transcriptional start sites of O/P(merB3) and O/P(merR2) were determined by rapid amplification of 5'-cDNA ends (5'-RACE) in the TnMERI1 original host, Bacillus megaterium strain MB1. Real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays showed that O/P(merB3) and O/P(merR1) were induced in the presence of Hg(2+) but not O/P(merR2). It was concluded that MerR1 regulates O/P(merB3) and O/P(merR1), while MerR2 regulates O/P(merR2).
ISSN: 0916-8451
DOI: 10.1271/bbb.80294
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