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Abstract

From the porcine pathogen cultivated in iron-deficient or haem-deficient media, haemoglobin (Hb)-agarose affinity purification was exploited to isolate an outer-membrane protein of ∼105 kDa, designated HgbA. Internal peptide sequences of purified HgbA were used to design oligonucleotide primers for PCR amplification, yielding amplicons that showed partial sequences with homology to of . Upon screening two genomic libraries of serotype 1 strain 4074, positive clones were assembled into an ORF of 2838 bp. HgbA (946 aa) includes a signal peptide of 23 aa and the deduced HgbA sequence (104 890 Da) also demonstrated a possible Ton box. The promoter region of from serotype 1 showed consensus for −35 and −10 sequences and a putative Fur-binding site. RT-PCR confirmed that of is upregulated in response to diminished levels of iron in the culture medium. While an internally deleted mutant was unable to use pig Hb as sole source of iron for growth, flow cytometry confirmed its Hb binding; the internally deleted sequences may not be required for Hb binding, but appear necessary for the iron supply from Hb. HgbA is required for growth of in the presence of Hb as sole iron source.

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