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Title: Iron-regulated biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus Newman requires ica and the secreted protein Emp.
Authors: Johnson, M
Cockayne, A
Morrissey, JA
First Published: Apr-2008
Citation: INFECT IMMUN, 2008, 76 (4), pp. 1756-1765
Abstract: Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation is induced in iron-restricted growth conditions in vitro. In this study, we showed that Emp and Eap play important roles in low-iron-induced biofilm formation of S. aureus Newman. Eap and Emp are secreted proteins which are non-covalently attached to the S. aureus cell surface and have previously been implicated in a number of aspects of S. aureus pathogenesis. We showed here that the transcription of these important virulence factors is induced by growth in low-iron medium, reflective of the in vivo environment. Our results show that iron regulation of Eap and Emp is Fur independent. However, Fur is required for full induction of eap and emp expression in low-iron conditions. In this study, we demonstrated that in addition to Fur, low-iron-induced biofilm formation requires Sae, Agr, and SarA. In iron-restricted growth conditions, Sae and Agr are essential for Emp and Eap expression and hence for biofilm formation, whereas SarA appears to have a less-significant role. We also showed that expression of the ica operon is required for biofilm formation in iron-restricted growth conditions. We demonstrated that in fact, ica is required for the expression of the important multifunctional virulence determinants eap and emp.
DOI Link: 10.1128/IAI.01635-07
eISSN: 1098-5522
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Genetics

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