Analysis of the Klebsiella pneumoniae ntrB gene by site-directed in vitro mutagenesis.


A number of in-frame insertion and deletion mutations have been constructed in vitro in the Klebsiella pneumoniae ntrB gene and the effects of each mutant NtrB protein on NtrC activity have been assessed after reintroduction of the ntrB mutation into the glnA ntrBC operon. These experiments suggest that the phosphorylation of NtrC catalysed by NtrB not only makes NtrC competent as a transcriptional activator but also improves the DNA-binding properties and hence the negative control functions of NtrC. The variety of NtrB phenotypes obtained suggest a structure/function model for the protein.


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