Lineage-specific SoxR-mediated regulation of an endoribonuclease protects non-enteric bacteria from redox-active compounds

Jisun Kim, Chulwoo Park, James A. Imlay, Woojun Park

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Bacteria use redox-sensitive transcription factors to coordinate responses to redox stress. The [2Fe-2S] cluster-containing transcription factor SoxR is particularly tuned to protect cells against redox-active compounds (RACs). In enteric bacteria, SoxR is paired with a second transcription factor, SoxS, that activates downstream effectors. However, SoxS is absent in nonenteric bacteria, raising questions as to how SoxR functions. Here, we first show that SoxR of Acinetobacter oleivorans displayed similar activation profiles in response to RACs as did its homolog from Escherichia coli but controlled a different set of target genes, including sinE, which encodes an endoribonuclease. Expression, gel mobility shift, and mutational analyses indicated that sinE is a direct target of SoxR. Redox potentials and permeability of RACs determined optimal sinE induction. Bioinformatics suggested that only a few γ- and β-proteobacteria might have SoxR-regulated sinE. Purified SinE, in the presence ofMg2+ ions, degrades rRNAs, thus inhibiting protein synthesis. Similarly, pretreatment of cells with RACs demonstrated a role for SinE in promoting persistence in the presence of antibiotics that inhibit protein synthesis. Our data improve our understanding of the physiology of soil microorganisms by suggesting that both non-enteric SoxR and its target SinE play protective roles in the presence of RACs and antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-133
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 6

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant NRF-2014R1A2A2A05007010 funded by the Korean government (MSIP) (to W. P.). The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest with the contents of this article. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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© 2017 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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