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Keywords:

  • HU protein;
  • Cell motility;
  • Flagellin;
  • Escherichia coli

Abstract

The histone-like protein HU in Escherichia coli are encoded by the hupA and hupB genes. A hupA-hupB double deletion mutant has now been shown to express an immotile phenotype. The motility of hupA or hupB single mutants was similar to that of wild-type cells. SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis revealed that the amount of flagellin in the hupA-hupB double deletion mutant was markedly reduced compared with the wild-type strain, suggesting that the immotile phenotype of the double deletion mutant is caused by a loss of flagella.