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Involvement of BglG in Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) Synthesis and Transport in Stationary Phase in E. coli

Vashishtha, K and Shukla, S and Mahadevan, S (2022) Involvement of BglG in Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) Synthesis and Transport in Stationary Phase in E. coli. In: Current Microbiology, 79 (5).

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BglG, an RNA binding regulatory protein encoded by the β-glucoside (bgl) operon of E. coli is known to be involved in the regulation of several metabolic functions in stationary phase. A genome-wide comparative transcriptome analysis performed earlier between a �bglG strain and its isogenic WT counterpart revealed that genes involved in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) biosynthesis and transport were significantly down-regulated in the absence of BglG in stationary phase, suggesting a role for BglG in their regulation. We have investigated the involvement of BglG in LPS biosynthesis and transport. Consistent with the down-regulation of LPS synthesis and transport genes, the �bglG strain showed a loss of permeability barrier specifically in stationary phase, which could be rescued by introduction of wild type bglG on a plasmid. A search for a putative transcription factor involved in the regulation mediated by BglG led to the identification of GadE, which is one of the primary positive regulators of pH homeostasis and LPS core biosynthesis. Using RNA mobility shift and stability assays, we show that BglG binds specifically to gadE mRNA and enhances its stability. Consistent with this, loss of gadE leads to a partial defect in permeability. Based on our findings, we propose a model for the molecular mechanism involved in the regulation on LPS synthesis and transport by BglG. © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Microbiology
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Springer
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 08:47
Last Modified: 15 May 2022 08:47
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/71751

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