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is a nitrogen-fixing soil bacterium that undergoes differentiation to form cysts resistant to desiccation. Upon encystment, this bacterium becomes non-motile. As in enteric bacteria, motility in occurs through the use of peritrichous flagella. , a phylogenetically close relative of , possesses a single polar flagellum. The FlhDC proteins are the master regulators of flagella and motility in enterobacteria, whereas FleQ is the master regulator in , and it is under AlgU (sigmaE) negative control. At present, nothing is known about the organization and expression of flagella genes in . Here, we identified the flagella gene cluster of this bacterium. Homologues of the master regulatory genes and are present in . Inactivation of , but not , impaired flagella biogenesis and motility. We present evidence indicating that a negative effect of the AlgU sigma factor on expression causes loss of motility in , and that CydR (a homologue of Fnr) is under AlgU control and has a negative effect on expression. Taken together, these results suggest the existence of a cascade consisting of AlgU and CydR that negatively controls expression of ; the results also suggest that the block in flagella synthesis under encystment conditions centres on repression by the AlgU–CydR cascade.

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