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Abstract

The EepR transcription factor positively regulates secondary metabolites and tissue-damaging metalloproteases. To gain insight into mechanisms by which EepR regulates pigment and co-regulated factors, genetic suppressor analysis was performed. Suppressor mutations that restored pigment to the non-pigmented ∆eepR mutant mapped to the hexS ORF. Mutation of hexS also restored haemolysis, swarming motility and protease production to the eepR mutant. HexS is a known direct and negative regulator of secondary metabolites in Serratia marcescens and is a LysR family regulator and an orthologue of LrhA. Here, we demonstrate that HexS directly controls eepR and the serralysin gene prtS. EepR was shown to directly regulate eepR expression but indirectly regulate hexS expression. Together, these data indicate that EepR and HexS oppose each other in controlling stationary phase-associated molecules and enzymes.

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