RamA and RamB are global transcriptional regulators in Corynebacterium glutamicum and control genes for enzymes of the central metabolism
In Corynebacterium glutamicum, the transcriptional regulators of acetate metabolism RamA (encoded by cg2831) and RamB (encoded by cg0444) play an important role in expression control of genes involved in acetate and ethanol metabolism. Both regulators were speculated to have broader significance in expression control of further genes in the central metabolism of C. glutamicum. Here we investigated the RamA and RamB regulons by genome-wide transcriptome analysis with special emphasis on genes encoding enzymes of the central carbon metabolism. When compared to the parental wild-type, 253 genes and 81 genes showed different mRNA levels in defined RamA- and RamB-deficient C. glutamicum strains, respectively. Among these were genes involved in sugar uptake, glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, acetate, l-lactate or ethanol metabolism. The direct interaction of RamA and RamB proteins with the respective promoter/operator fragments was demonstrated in vitro by electrophoretic mobility shift assays. Taken together, we present evidence for an important role of RamA and RamB in global gene expression control in C. glutamicum.
Journal: Journal of Biotechnology - Volume 154, Issues 2–3, 10 July 2011, Pages 126–139