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Vol 56(2022) N 4 p. 572-579; DOI 10.1134/S0026893322040100 Full Text

T.A. Seregina1*, K.V. Lobanov1, R.S. Shakulov1, A.S. Mironov1

Inactivation of Terminal Oxidase bd-I Leads to Supersensitivity of E. coli to Quinolone and Beta-Lactam Antibiotics

1Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 119991 Russia

*tatyana.s82@gmail.com
Received - 2022-02-16; Revised - 2022-03-02; Accepted - 2022-03-02

In cells of Escherichia coli, terminal oxidase bd-I encoded by the cydAB gene catalyzes the reduction of O2 to water using hydroquinone as an electron donor. In addition to the cydAB operon, two other genes, cydC and cydD, encoding the heterodimeric ATP-binding cassette-type transporter are essential for the assembly of cytochrome bd-I. It was shown that inactivation of cytochrome bd-I by the introduction of cydB or cydD deletions into the E. coli chromosome leads to supersensitivity of the bacteria to antibiotics of the quinolone and beta-lactam classes. The sensitivity of these mutants to antibiotics is partially suppressed by introduction of a constitutively expressed gene katG under the control of the Ptet promoter into their genome. The increased level of hydrogen sulfide resulting from the introduction of the mstA gene, encoding 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase, under the control of the Ptet promoter, leads to the same effect. These data demonstrate the important role of cytochrome bd-I in the defense of bacteria from oxidative stress and bactericidal antibiotics.

E. coli, terminal oxidase bd-I, cydB and cydD deletions, supersensitivity to antibiotics, oxidative stress, catalase KatG, hydrogen sulfide



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