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Abstract

The gene was cloned by detection of a chromosomal restriction fragment hybridizing with each of two degenerate oligonucleotides that corresponded to Pro-Glu and Pro-Lys repeats characteristic of known TonB proteins. The gene was situated upstream of and homologues and downstream of a putative Fur-regulated promoter. Hybridization results indicated that the operon and flanking regions were highly conserved between and . Disruption of in resulted in inability to grow in iron-limiting media, and inability to utilize alcaligin, enterobactin, ferrichrome, desferroxamine B, haemin and haemoglobin. Although it was not possible to inactivate in a clinical isolate, was disrupted in a laboratory strain previously selected for the ability to grow on Luria–Bertani medium. This mutant shared a similar iron complex utilization deficient phenotype with the mutant. The operon present on a plasmid did not complement an mutant, but inefficient reconstitution of enterobactin utilization was observed in one mutant harbouring plasmid copies of the homologue and operon.

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