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Study of the role of Mce3R on the transcription of mce genes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Santangelo MP, Blanco FC, Bianco MV, Klepp LI, Zabal O, Cataldi AA, Bigi F - BMC Microbiol. (2008)

Bottom Line: The abundance of mce1, mce2 and mce4 mRNAs was not affected by this mutation as it was demonstrated by quantitative RT-PCR.The mce3R promoter activity in the presence of Mce3R was significantly reduced compared with that in the absence of the regulator, during the in vitro culture of M. tuberculosis.Mce3R repress the transcription of mce3 operon and self regulates its own expression but does not affect the transcription of mce1, mce2 and mce4 operons of M. tuberculosis.

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Affiliation: Institute of Biotechnology, CICVyA-INTA, Los Reseros y Las Cabañas, 1712 Castelar, Argentina. psantangelo@cnia.inta.gov.ar

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Background: mce3 is one of the four virulence-related mce operons of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In a previous work we showed that the overexpression of Mce3R in Mycobacterium smegmatis and M. tuberculosis abolishes the expression of lacZ fused to the mce3 promoter, indicating that Mce3R represses mce3 transcription.

Results: We obtained a knockout mutant strain of M. tuberculosis H37Rv by inserting a hygromycin cassette into the mce3R gene. The mutation results in a significant increase in the expression of mce3 genes either in vitro or in a murine cell macrophages line as it was determined using promoter-lacZ fusions in M. tuberculosis. The abundance of mce1, mce2 and mce4 mRNAs was not affected by this mutation as it was demonstrated by quantitative RT-PCR. The mce3R promoter activity in the presence of Mce3R was significantly reduced compared with that in the absence of the regulator, during the in vitro culture of M. tuberculosis.

Conclusion: Mce3R repress the transcription of mce3 operon and self regulates its own expression but does not affect the transcription of mce1, mce2 and mce4 operons of M. tuberculosis.

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Effect of Mce3R on transcription of mce operons during in vitro growth of M. tuberculosis. The data are presented as the fold change in gene expression in mutant Δmce3R strain normalized to sigA endogenous reference gene and relative to the wild type H37Rv strain +/- SD of derived results from four independent experiments. *Significant differences (P < 0.05) of gene expression in both strains as calculated by Pair Wise Fixed Reallocation Randomisation.
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Figure 4: Effect of Mce3R on transcription of mce operons during in vitro growth of M. tuberculosis. The data are presented as the fold change in gene expression in mutant Δmce3R strain normalized to sigA endogenous reference gene and relative to the wild type H37Rv strain +/- SD of derived results from four independent experiments. *Significant differences (P < 0.05) of gene expression in both strains as calculated by Pair Wise Fixed Reallocation Randomisation.

Mentions: Differences in relative gene expression between the wild type and the mutant strains were assessed in group means for statistical significance by a randomisation test (see Materials and Methods). While the relative abundance of mce3E mRNA was significantly higher (P < 0.030) in the mutant than in the wild type strain in the conditions evaluated, no significant differences between both strains were observed on the expression of mce1D (P < 0.74), mce2A (P < 0.918) and mce4A (P < 0.511) (Fig 4).


Study of the role of Mce3R on the transcription of mce genes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Santangelo MP, Blanco FC, Bianco MV, Klepp LI, Zabal O, Cataldi AA, Bigi F - BMC Microbiol. (2008)

Effect of Mce3R on transcription of mce operons during in vitro growth of M. tuberculosis. The data are presented as the fold change in gene expression in mutant Δmce3R strain normalized to sigA endogenous reference gene and relative to the wild type H37Rv strain +/- SD of derived results from four independent experiments. *Significant differences (P < 0.05) of gene expression in both strains as calculated by Pair Wise Fixed Reallocation Randomisation.
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Figure 4: Effect of Mce3R on transcription of mce operons during in vitro growth of M. tuberculosis. The data are presented as the fold change in gene expression in mutant Δmce3R strain normalized to sigA endogenous reference gene and relative to the wild type H37Rv strain +/- SD of derived results from four independent experiments. *Significant differences (P < 0.05) of gene expression in both strains as calculated by Pair Wise Fixed Reallocation Randomisation.
Mentions: Differences in relative gene expression between the wild type and the mutant strains were assessed in group means for statistical significance by a randomisation test (see Materials and Methods). While the relative abundance of mce3E mRNA was significantly higher (P < 0.030) in the mutant than in the wild type strain in the conditions evaluated, no significant differences between both strains were observed on the expression of mce1D (P < 0.74), mce2A (P < 0.918) and mce4A (P < 0.511) (Fig 4).

Bottom Line: The abundance of mce1, mce2 and mce4 mRNAs was not affected by this mutation as it was demonstrated by quantitative RT-PCR.The mce3R promoter activity in the presence of Mce3R was significantly reduced compared with that in the absence of the regulator, during the in vitro culture of M. tuberculosis.Mce3R repress the transcription of mce3 operon and self regulates its own expression but does not affect the transcription of mce1, mce2 and mce4 operons of M. tuberculosis.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Biotechnology, CICVyA-INTA, Los Reseros y Las Cabañas, 1712 Castelar, Argentina. psantangelo@cnia.inta.gov.ar

ABSTRACT

Background: mce3 is one of the four virulence-related mce operons of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In a previous work we showed that the overexpression of Mce3R in Mycobacterium smegmatis and M. tuberculosis abolishes the expression of lacZ fused to the mce3 promoter, indicating that Mce3R represses mce3 transcription.

Results: We obtained a knockout mutant strain of M. tuberculosis H37Rv by inserting a hygromycin cassette into the mce3R gene. The mutation results in a significant increase in the expression of mce3 genes either in vitro or in a murine cell macrophages line as it was determined using promoter-lacZ fusions in M. tuberculosis. The abundance of mce1, mce2 and mce4 mRNAs was not affected by this mutation as it was demonstrated by quantitative RT-PCR. The mce3R promoter activity in the presence of Mce3R was significantly reduced compared with that in the absence of the regulator, during the in vitro culture of M. tuberculosis.

Conclusion: Mce3R repress the transcription of mce3 operon and self regulates its own expression but does not affect the transcription of mce1, mce2 and mce4 operons of M. tuberculosis.

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