Limited functional conservation of a global regulator among related bacterial genera: Lrp in Escherichia, Proteus and Vibrio Article (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Lintner, Rob E; Mishra, Pan K; Srivastava, Poonam; Martinez-Vaz, Betsy M; Khodursky, Arkady B; Blumenthal, Robert M


  • Bacterial genome sequences are being determined rapidly, but few species are physiologically well characterized. Predicting regulation from genome sequences usually involves extrapolation from better-studied bacteria, using the hypothesis that a conserved regulator, conserved target gene, and predicted regulator-binding site in the target promoter imply conserved regulation between the two species. However many compared organisms are ecologically and physiologically diverse, and the limits of extrapolation have not been well tested. In E. coli K-12 the leucine-responsive regulatory protein (Lrp) affects expression of approximately 400 genes. Proteus mirabilis and Vibrio cholerae have highly-conserved lrp orthologs (98% and 92% identity to E. coli lrp). The functional equivalence of Lrp from these related species was assessed.

publication date

  • 2008

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  • 60


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