A toxin-antitoxin system associated transcription factor of Caulobacter crescentus can influence cell cycle-regulated gene expression during the SOS response

Koyel Ghosh, Kamilla Ankær Brejndal, Clare Kirkpatrick*

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Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are widespread in bacterial chromosomes but their functions remain enigmatic. Although many are transcriptionally upregulated by stress conditions, it is unclear what role they play in cellular responses to stress and to what extent the role of a given TA system homologue varies between different bacterial species. In this work we investigate the role of the DNA damage-inducible TA system HigBA of Caulobacter crescentus in the SOS response and discover that in addition to the toxin HigB affecting cell cycle gene expression through inhibition of the master regulator CtrA, HigBA possesses a transcription factor third component, HigC, which both auto-regulates the TA system and acts independently of it. Through HigC, the system exerts downstream effects on antibiotic (ciprofloxacin) resistance and cell cycle gene expression. HigB and HigC had inverse effects on cell cycle gene regulation, with HigB reducing and HigC increasing the expression of CtrA-dependent promoters. Neither HigBA nor HigC had any effect on formation of persister cells in response to ciprofloxacin. Rather, their role in the SOS response appears to be as transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulators of cell cycle-dependent gene expression, transmitting the status of the SOS response as a regulatory input into the cell cycle control network via CtrA.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBioRxiv
Antal sider39
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 24. jul. 2020

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