The Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii RosR: Transcriptional Regulator Involved in Exopolysaccharide Production

Department of General Microbiology, University of M. Curie-Skłodowska, Akademicka 19, 20-033 Lublin, Poland.
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (Impact Factor: 3.94). 08/2007; 20(7):867-81. DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-20-7-0867
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The acidic exopolysaccharide is required for the establishment of symbiosis between the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii and clover. Here, we describe RosR protein from R. leguminosarum bv. trifolii 24.2, a homolog of transcriptional regulators belonging to the family of Ros/MucR proteins. R. leguminosarum bv. trifolii RosR possesses a characteristic Cys2His2 type zinc-finger motif in its C-terminal domain. Recombinant (His)6RosR binds to an RosR-box sequence located up-stream of rosR. Deletion analysis of the rosR upstream region resulted in identification of two -35 to -10 promoter sequences, two conserved inverted palindromic pentamers that resemble the cAMP-CRP binding site of Escherichia coli, inverted repeats identified as a RosR binding site, and other regulatory sequence motifs. When assayed in E. coli, a transcriptional fusion of the cAMP-CRP binding site containing the rosR upstream region and lacZ gene was moderately responsive to glucose. The sensitivity of the rosR promoter to glucose was not observed in E. coli deltacyaA. A rosR frame-shift mutant of R. leguminosarum bv. trifolii formed dry, wrinkled colonies and induced nodules on clover, but did not fix nitrogen. In the rosR mutant, transcription of pssA-lacZ fusion was decreased, indicating positive regulation of the pssA gene by RosR. Multiple copies of rosR in R. leguminosarum bv. trifolii 24.2 increased exopolysaccharide production.

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    • "Besides the RosR-box, several regulatory sites have been identified in the rosR upstream region, including two P1 and P2 promoters and three motifs resembling the E. coli cAMP-CRP binding site, indicating a complex regulation of rosR expression [23,29]. RosR binding to the RosR-box negatively regulates transcription of its own gene [23]. In the presence of glucose, the transcriptional activity of the rosR is significantly reduced, showing that the expression of this gene is regulated by catabolic repression. "
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    • "trifolii and viciae is rosR, encoding a regulatory protein which positively regulates EPS production. rosR mutant produces three times less EPS than wild type strain and induces nodules incapable of nitrogen-fixation (Janczarek and Skorupska 2007). rosR mutant of R. etli formed colonies with altered morphology but retained the ability to induce nitrogen-fixing nodules on common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), which forms a determinate type of nodules (Bittinger et al. 1997). "
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    • "These data confirmed that the sequence located immediately upstream of the À 35 hexamer plays an important role in rosR transcription from P1 and is successfully recognized by RNAP in both genetic backgrounds. Apart from the rosR regulatory elements described above, two cAMP–CRP binding sites have been identified previously (Janczarek & Skorupska, 2007). cAMP–CRP binding site I located upstream of the P1 promoter 95 bp from TS1 contained the first perfect and the second imperfect pentamers (AAGC-TGTGA-N 7 -TTGCT-GGA), as compared with E. coli consensus AA-TGTGA-N 6 -TCACA-T (Fig. 1). "
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