Journal article

Overexpression of a newly identified d-amino acid transaminase in Mycobacterium smegmatis complements glutamate racemase deletion.

Roman Mortuza, Htin Lin Aung, George Taiaroa, Helen K Opel-Reading, Torsten Kleffmann, Gregory M Cook, Kurt L Krause

Mol Microbiol | Wiley | Published : 2018


Glutamate racemase (MurI) has been proposed as a target for anti-tuberculosis drug development based on the inability of ΔmurI mutants of Mycobacterium smegmatis to grow in the absence of d-glutamate. In this communication, we identify ΔmurI suppressor mutants that are detected during prolonged incubation. Whole genome sequencing of these ΔmurI suppressor mutants identified the presence of a SNP, located in the promoter region of MSMEG_5795. RT-qPCR and transcriptional fusion analyses revealed that the ΔmurI suppressor mutant overexpressed MSMEG_5795 14-fold compared to the isogenic wild-type. MSMEG_5795, which is annotated as 4-amino-4-deoxychorismate lyase (ADCL) but which also has homolog..

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