The sll0886 gene, controlling light-activated heterotrophic growth (LAHG), was tested for the role in regulation of phototaxis in cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Insertional inactivation of the gene in the genome of a wild-type strain did not affect positive (toward light) or negative (away from high light) phototaxis. However, cells lost motility when sll0886 inactivation was combined with the prqRL17Q mutation, which determined negative phototaxis at low light. Immotile cells with the prqRL17Q mutation and the inactivated sll0886 gene did not display any defect in the formation of type IV pili, essential for phototaxis. Hence, the function, rather than biogenesis, of pili was affected. It was concluded that the sll0886 gene, coding for a TPR family protein, is involved in controlling negative phototaxis of cyanobacteria at the level of photoreception and signal transduction and that its role is shared with the unidentified redundant gene whose function is suppressed by the prqRL17Q mutation.
Russian Journal of Genetics – Springer Journals
Published: May 23, 2008
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