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The promoter region of <i>lapA</i> and its transcriptional regulation by Fis in <i>Pseudomonas putida</i>

Maia Kivisaar, Hanna Ainelo, Andrio Lahesaare, Riho Teras, Annika Teppo

by Hanna Ainelo, Andrio Lahesaare, Annika Teppo, Maia Kivisaar, Riho Teras

LapA is the biggest protein in Pseudomonas putida and a key factor for biofilm formation. Its importance and posttranslational regulation is rather thoroughly studied but less is known about the transcriptional regulation. Here we give evidence that transcription of lapA in LB-grown bacteria is initiated from six promoters, three of which display moderate RpoS-dependence. The global transcription regulator Fis binds to the lapA promoter area at six positions in vitro, and Fis activates the transcription of lapA while overexpressed in cells. Two of the six Fis binding sites, Fis-A7 and Fis-A5, are necessary for the positive effect of Fis on the transcription of lapA in vivo. Our results indicate that Fis binding to the Fis-A7 site increases the level of transcription from the most distal promoter of lapA, whereas Fis binding to the Fis-A5 site could be important for modifying the promoter area topology.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185482

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