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Identification and semi-quantitative analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv ftsZ gene-specific promoter activity-containing regions

Roy, Sougata and Mir, Mushtaq Ahmad and Anand, Syam Prasad and Niederweis, Michael and Ajitkumar, Parthasarathi (2004) Identification and semi-quantitative analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv ftsZ gene-specific promoter activity-containing regions. In: Research in Microbiology, 155 (10). pp. 817-826.

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The cytokinetic protein FtsZ plays a pivotal role in regulation of cell division in bacteria. Multiple promoters regulate transcription of the ftsZ gene in Escherichia coli, Streptomyces and Bacillus species. In order to identify promoter activity-containing regions of the ftsZ gene of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv (MtftsZ) in vivo, different regions upstream of MtftsZ, namely, the ftsQ–ftsZ intergenic region, the ftsQ open reading frame (ORF), and different regions of ftsQ ORF, were analyzed in a gfp reporter plasmid in Mycobacterium smegmatis $mc^2$155 cells. Flow cytometric analysis of mid-logarithmic M. smegmatis $mc^2$155 cells containing these transcription fusion constructs revealed GFP expression in the cells harboring the ftsQ–ftsZ intergenic region (172 bp), the entire ftsQ ORF (945 bp), and 5' 467-bp and 3' 217-bp regions of ftsQ ORF. RT-PCR analyses on RNA from M. smegmatis $mc^2$155 cells, transformed with the entire ftsQ ORF-ftsQ–ftsZ intergenic region-containing construct, as well as on RNA from M. tuberculosis, confirmed that the regions identified indeed elicit promoter activity. Semi-quantitative RT-PCR analyses of gfp transcripts driven by cloned MtftsZ promoter regions in M. smegmatis cells showed threefold higher promoter activity from ftsQ ORF than from the ftsQ–ftsZ intergenic region. Expression from the individual 5' and 3' regions of ftsQ ORF was almost equivalent to that from the ftsQ–ftsZ intergenic region. RT-PCR analyses on RNA from M. tuberculosis quantitatively confirmed these promoter activities. Thus, at least three independent regions in the immediate upstream sequence of MtftsZ contain promoter activity, with the major contribution coming from ftsQ ORF.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Research in Microbiology
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier
Keywords: ftsZ promoter;Green fluorescence protein;Mycobacterium tuberculosis;Mycobacterium smegmatis;Semi-quantitative RT-PCR
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/5876

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