The surface exclusion system of RP1: investigation of the roles of trbJ and trbK in the surface exclusion, transfer, and slow-growth phenotypes

Dena Lyras, Ariel W S Chan, Justin McFarlane, Vilma A Stanisich

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The contiguous trbJ and trbK genes of RP1 were cloned individually to study their effects. Surface exclusion was conferred only by trbK and only when gene dosage was high or when trbJ was also present in cis or in trans. This suggests that in the low-copy-number RP1, surface exclusion is due to a two-gene interaction in which trbK is the dominant partner. Among surface exclusion genes, trbJ is novel in yielding a periplasmic product that is also essential for conjugal transfer. This cellular location and the disturbed membrane function that accompanies TrbJ-processing probably accounts for the retarded growth caused by trbJ+ clones in Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PAO.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254 - 261
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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