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faces iron deprivation in both nature and the host. To overcome this limitation, secretes the siderophores 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid and brucebactin. A Fur-like protein named Irr has previously been characterized in ; this protein is present in the -2 group of only, where it negatively regulates haem biosynthesis when iron is scarce. Additional evidence that Irr also regulates the synthesis of both siderophores is presented here. Transcriptional fusion and chemical determinations revealed that Irr induced the transcription of the operon involved in the synthesis of the catecholic siderophores, which were consequently secreted under conditions of iron limitation. Irr was able to bind the upstream region of the operon, as shown by electrophoretic mobility shift assay. A mutant showed higher intracellular haem content, catalase activity and resistance to hydrogen peroxide than the wild-type strain. The mutation also improved the replication and survival of iron-depleted bacteria within cultured mammalian cells. Although the pathogenesis of correlates with its ability to replicate intracellularly, pathogenicity was not attenuated when assayed in a murine model.

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