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A LuxR-type Transcriptional Regulator, PsyR, Coordinates Regulation of Pathogenesis-related Genes in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tabaci
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  • Journal title : Journal of Life Science
  • Volume 25, Issue 2,  2015, pp.136-150
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Life Science
  • DOI : 10.5352/JLS.2015.25.2.136
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A LuxR-type Transcriptional Regulator, PsyR, Coordinates Regulation of Pathogenesis-related Genes in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tabaci
Choi, Yeon Hee; Lee, Jun Seung; Yun, Sora; Baik, Hyung Suk;
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Pseudomonas syringae pathovar tabaci is a plant pathogenic bacterium that causes wildfire disease in tobacco plants. In P. syringae pv. tabaci, PsyI, a LuxI-type protein, acts as an AHL synthase, while primary and secondary sequence analysis of PsyR has revealed that it is a homolog of the LuxR-type transcriptional regulator that responds to AHL molecules. In this study, using phenotypic and genetic analyses in P. syringae pv. tabaci, we show the effect of PsyR protein as a quorum-sensing (QS) transcriptional regulator. Regulatory effects of PsyR on swarming motility and production of siderophores, tabtoxin, and N-acyl homoserine lactones were examined via phenotypic assays, and confirmed by quantitative real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Further qRT-PCR showed that PsyR regulates expression of these virulence genes in response to environmental signals. However, an upstream region of the gene was not bound with purified MBP-PsyR protein; rather, PsyR was only able to shift the upstream region of psyI. These results suggested that PsyR may be indirectly controlled via intermediate-regulatory systems and that auto-regulation by PsyR does not occur.
Electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA);MBP-psyR expression;Pseudomonas syringae;Quorum sensing;Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR);
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