Role of the mar-sox-rob regulon in regulating outer membrane porin expression

Lon M. Chubiz, Christopher V. Rao

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Abstract

Multiple factors control the expression of the outer membrane porins OmpF and OmpC in Escherichia coli. In this work, we investigated the role of the mar-sox-rob regulon in regulating outer membrane porin expression in response to salicylate. We provide both genetic and physiological evidence that MarA and Rob can independently activate micF transcription in response to salicylate, leading to reduced OmpF expression. MarA was also found to repress OmpF expression through a MicF-independent pathway. In the case of OmpC, we found that its transcription was moderately increased in response to salicylate. However, this increase was independent of MarA and Rob. Finally, we found that the reduction in OmpF expression in a tolC mutant is due primarily to Rob. Collectively, this work further clarifies the coordinated role of MarA and Rob in regulating the expression of the outer membrane porins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2252-2260
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Volume193
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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