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Phylogenetic Group - Associated Differences in Regulation of the Common Colonization Factor Mat Fimbria in Escherichia coli.
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PMID:  23347101     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Heterogeneity of cell population is a key component behind the evolutionary success of Escherichia coli. The heterogeneity supports species adaptation and mainly results from lateral gene transfer. Adaptation may also involve genomic alterations that affect regulation of conserved genes. Here we analyzed regulation of the mat (or ecp) genes that encode a conserved fimbrial adhesin of E. coli. We found that the differential and temperature-sensitive expression control of the mat operon is dependent on mat promoter polymorphism and closely linked to phylogenetic grouping of E. coli. In the mat promoter lineage favoring fimbriae expression, the mat operon-encoded regulator MatA forms a positive feedback loop that overcomes the repression by H-NS and stabilizes the fimbrillin mRNA under low growth temperature, acidic pH, or elevated levels of acetate. The study exemplifies phylogenetic group-associated expression of a highly common surface organelle in E. coli.
Timo A Lehti; Philippe Bauchart; Maini Kukkonen; Ulrich Dobrindt; Timo K Korhonen; Benita Westerlund-Wikström
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
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Title:  Molecular microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2958     ISO Abbreviation:  Mol. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8712028     Medline TA:  Mol Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Division of General Microbiology, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, FI-00014, Finland.
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