Genetic and molecular characterization of essential components of the Vibrio anguillarum plasmid-mediated iron-transport system

L. A. Actis, M. E. Tolmasky, David Farrell, J. H. Crosa

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The iron-transport genes from the pJM1 plasmid of Vibrio anguillarum have been cloned and sequenced. Five open-reading frames have been identified, one of which encodes the outer membrane receptor for ferric anguibactin, OM2. This coding region corresponds to a protein of 726 amino acids with a M(r) of 78,777. The protein has a hydrophobic signal sequence of 35 amino acids and a potential membrane-associated hydrophobic region at the carboxyl terminus. A 2.3-kilobase iron-regulated mRNA was transcribed from this region in vivo. The four other open-reading frames were shown to be involved in the regulation of OM2 expression and in iron transport by the use of insertion mutagenesis and complementation analysis. One of these open-reading frames, ORF3, encodes a 40-kDa polypeptide which, as deduced from the amino acid sequence and the hydropathy plot, is likely to be membrane-associated and together with OM2 may play a role in the transport of iron into the cell cytosol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2853-2860
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1988


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  • Biochemistry

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