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Title: Crosstalk between bacterial conjugationa and motility is mediated by plasmid-borne regulators
Author: Luque, Ainara
Paytubi Casabona, Sònia
Sánchez-Montejo, Javier
Gibert, Marta
Balsalobre Parra, Carlos
Madrid Xufré, Cristina
Keywords: Microbiologia
Issue Date: 15-Jul-2019
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: Plasmid conjugation is a major horizontal gene transfer mechanism. The acquisition of a plasmid may cause a perturbation of the cell functions in addition to provide advantageous properties for the recipient cell, such as the gaining of antibiotic resistances. The interplay between plasmid and chromosomal functions has been studied using the IncHI1 plasmid R27. Plasmids of the incompatibility group HI1, isolated from several Gram-negative pathogens, are associated with the spread of multidrug resistance. Their conjugation is tightly regulated by temperature, being repressed at temperatures within the host (37 ºC). In this report, we described that at permissive temperature, when conjugation of plasmid R27 is prompted, a reduction in the motility of the cells is observed. This reduction is mediated by the plasmid-encoded regulators TrhR/TrhY, which together with HtdA form a plasmid -borne regulatory circuit controlling R27 conjugation. TrhR/TrhY, required to induce R27 conjugation, are responsible of the downregulation of the flagella synthesis and the consequent decrease in motility. TrhR/TrhYrepress, direct or indirectly, the expression of the specific flagellar sigma subunit FliA and, consequently, the expression of all genes located bellow in the flagellar expression cascade.
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It is part of: Environmental Microbiology Reports, 2019, vol. 11, num. 5, p. 708-717
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ISSN: 1758-2229
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