Regulation of iron transport related genes by boron in the marine bacterium Marinobacter algicola DG893.

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While there has been extensive interest in the use of boron isotope ratios as a surrogate of pH in paleoclimate studies in the context of climate change-related questions, the high (0.4 mM) concentration and the depth-independent (conservative or non-nutrient-like) concentration profile of this element have led to boron being neglected as a potentially biologically relevant element in the modern ocean. Here we report that boron affects the expression of a number of protein and genes in the "algal-associated" Gram-negative marine bacterium Marinobacter algicola DG893. Most intriguingly, a number of these proteins and genes are related to iron uptake. In a recent separate publication we have shown that boron regulates one such iron transport related protein, i.e. the periplasmic iron binding protein FbpA via a direct interaction of the metalloid with this protein. Here we show that a number of other iron uptake related genes are also affected by boron but in the opposite way i.e. they are up-regulated. We propose that the differential effect of boron on FbpA expression relative to other iron transport related genes is a result of an interaction between boron and the global iron regulatory protein Fur.

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Cited Authors

  • Romano, A; Trimble, L; Hobusch, AR; Schroeder, KJ; Amin, SA; Hartnett, AD; Barker, RA; Crumbliss, AL; Carrano, CJ

Published Date

  • August 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1025 - 1030

PubMed ID

  • 23775459

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1756-591X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1756-5901

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1039/c3mt00068k


  • eng