NtrC-dependent regulatory network for curdlan biosynthesis in response to nitrogen limitation in Agrobacterium sp. ATCC 31749
The mechanism of nitrogen signal regulating curdlan biosynthesis in Agrobacterium sp. ATCC 31749 was investigated. Under nitrogen limitation, more carbon flux is directed to curdlan synthesis with low specific growth rate. When ntrB and ntrC genes in Agrobacterium sp. were inactivated, NH4Cl utilization ability was significantly impaired in the ntrB and ntrC mutants and curdlan production was significantly reduced. Through proteomic analysis, nearly 40 proteins did not express in ntrC mutant compared with wild type strain. The levels of 22 proteins were significantly increased and 21 proteins were repressed after nitrogen exhaustion. Phosphoglucomutase activity in Agrobacterium sp. was also decreased. However, phosphoglucomutase activity in the ntrC mutant did not change. On that basis, an NtrC-dependent regulatory network for curdlan biosynthesis in response to nitrogen limitation in Agrobacterium sp. ATCC 31749 is proposed.
Journal: Process Biochemistry - Volume 47, Issue 11, November 2012, Pages 1552–1558