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An SmtB-like repressor from Synechocystis PCC 6803 regulates a zinc exporter.

ORF slr0798, now designated ziaA, from Synechocystis PCC 6803 encodes a polypeptide with sequence features of heavy metal transporting P-type ATPases. Increased Zn2+ tolerance and reduced 65Zn accumulation was observed in Synechococcus PCC 7942, strain R2-PIM8(smt), containing ziaA and upstream regulatory sequences, compared with control cells. Conversely, reduced Zn2+ tolerance was observed following disruption of ziaA in Synechocystis PCC 6803, and ziaA-mediated restoration of Zn2+ tolerance has subsequently been used as a selectable marker for transformation. Nucleotide sequences upstream of ziaA, fused to a promoterless lacZ gene, conferred Zn2+-dependent beta-galactosidase activity when introduced into R2-PIM8(smt). The product of ORF sll0792, designated ZiaR, is a Zn2+-responsive repressor of ziaA transcription. Reporter gene constructs lacking ziaR conferred elevated Zn2+-independent expression from the ziaA operator-promoter in R2-PIM8(smt). Gel retardation assays detected ZiaR-dependent complexes forming with the zia operator-promoter and ZiaR-DNA binding was enhanced by treatment with a metal-chelator in vitro. Two mutants of ZiaR (C71S/C73S and H116R) bound to, and repressed expression from, the ziaA operator-promoter but were unable to sense Zn2+. Metal coordination to His-imidazole and Cys-thiolate ligands at these residues of ZiaR is thus implicated in Zn2+-perception by Synechocystis PCC 6803.[1]


  1. An SmtB-like repressor from Synechocystis PCC 6803 regulates a zinc exporter. Thelwell, C., Robinson, N.J., Turner-Cavet, J.S. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1998) [Pubmed]
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