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Assessment of CcpA-mediated catabolite control of metabolism and enterotoxin production in Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579

ABSTRACT: In Bacillus cereus the catabolite control protein CcpA was shown to be involved in optimizing the efficiency of glucose catabolism by activating genes encoding glycolytic enzymes including a non-phosphorylating glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase that mediates conversion of D-glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate to 3-phospho-D-glycerate in one single step, and by repressing genes encoding the citric acid cycle and gluconeogenic enzymes. Two B. cereus-specific CcpA-regulated operons were identified, encoding enzymes involved in the catabolism of fuculose/arabinose and aspartate. In addition, a genome search using the CRE-site consensus predicted the B. cereus CcpA regulon to include 10 PTS-system gene clusters as well as genes coding for overflow metabolic enzymes leading to acetoin and acetate. Notably, catabolite repression of the genes encoding non-hemolytic enterotoxin (Nhe) and hemolytic (Hbl) enterotoxin appeared CcpA-dependent, and for the corresponding enterotoxin operons, putative CRE-sites were identified. This points to metabolic control of enterotoxin gene expression and suggests that CcpA-mediated glucose sensing provides an additional mode of control to PlcR activated expression of nhe and hbl genes in B. cereus. Keywords: Time course analysis by comparing transriptomes of the wildtype and the ccpA deleton strain. The wildtype (B. cereus ATCC 14579) and ccpA deletion strain were sampled during aerobic growth in Brain heart infusion broth. Samples of wildtype and ccpA deletion strain were compared at 4 time points, i.e. early exponential (OD600 0.2), mid-exponential (OD600 0.8), transition phase (OD600 4), and stationary phase (OD600 8). For each time point biological duplo's were obtained, which were subsequently differently labelled to perform a dye swap.

ORGANISM(S): Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579  

SUBMITTER: Willem M de Vos  Oscar P Kuipers  Tjakko Abee  Girbe Buist  Menno van der van der Voort 

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-7843 | ArrayExpress | 2010-05-25



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Assessment of CcpA-mediated catabolite control of gene expression in Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579.

van der Voort Menno M   Kuipers Oscar P OP   Buist Girbe G   de Vos Willem M WM   Abee Tjakko T  

BMC microbiology 20080416

BACKGROUND: The catabolite control protein CcpA is a transcriptional regulator conserved in many Gram-positives, controlling the efficiency of glucose metabolism. Here we studied the role of Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579 CcpA in regulation of metabolic pathways and expression of enterotoxin genes by comparative transcriptome analysis of the wild-type and a ccpA-deletion strain. RESULTS: Comparative analysis revealed the growth performance and glucose consumption rates to be lower in the B. cereus A  ...[more]

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