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Cloning and sequencing of the Fur gene from marine probiotic Alteromonas aurantia A18 and its possible role in siderophore production

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Junfeng Li ,

Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Qingdao, CN
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MU Hirimuthugoda,

Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, LK
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Hongfang Li,

Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Qingdao, CN
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Shumin Yao

Qufu Normal University, Qufu, CN
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Abstract

The complete fur gene from the marine probiotic Alteromonas aurantia A18 was amplified by PCR and the cloned gene was sequenced. Results indicated that the similarity between the sequence of the fur gene from strain A18 and that from Alteromonas sp O-7 was 97%. Fur protein of strain A18 was 98% identical to that of Alteromonas sp. O-7 and 70% identical to that of E. coli. The putative fur open reading frame coded for 148 amino acids representing a protein of 16.637 kDa. The recombinant expression vector pQE30-fur was constructed to confirm function of the cloned fur gene in E. coli. We found that siderophore yields of the transformants bearing pQE30-fur (induced by IPTG) were much lower than those of the parental strain and the same transformants that were not induced by IPTG in the iron-rich medium. The results suggest that some enzymes responsible for biosynthesis and secretion of siderophores in E. coli were repressed by the Fur protein encoded by the fur gene from A. aurantia A18.

Keywords: Fur gene; marine probiotic bacteria; siderophore; gene cloning

DOI: 10.4038/tare.v11i0.1780

Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension Vol.11 2008 pp.13-18

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v11i0.1780
How to Cite: Li, J. et al., (2010). Cloning and sequencing of the Fur gene from marine probiotic Alteromonas aurantia A18 and its possible role in siderophore production. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension. 11, pp.13–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v11i0.1780
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Published on 19 Apr 2010.
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