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Keywords:

  • Heat stress;
  • Oxidative stress;
  • Small heat shock protein;
  • IbpAB;
  • Escherichia coli

Abstract

To investigate the function of Escherichia coli small heat shock proteins, IbpA and IbpB, we constructed ibpA-, ibpB- and ibpAB-overexpressing strains and also an ibpAB-disrupted strain. The ibpA-, ibpB- and ibpAB-overexpressing strains were found to be resistant not only to heat but also to superoxide stress. However, the ibpAB-disrupted strain was not more sensitive to these stresses than the wild-type strain. The heat sensitivity of a rpoH amber mutant was partially suppressed by the overexpression of plac::ibpAB. These results suggest that IbpA and IbpB may be involved in the resistances to heat and oxidative stress.