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Keywords:

  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis;
  • Mycobacterium smegmatis;
  • wag31;
  • stringent response;
  • rel

Abstract

The stringent response of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is coordinated by Rel and is required for full virulence in animal models. A serological-based approach identified Wag31Mtb as a protein that is upregulated in M. tuberculosis in a rel-dependent manner. This positive regulation was confirmed by analysis of M. tuberculosis mRNA expression. Mycobacterium smegmatis was used to confirm that the expression of wag31Mtb from its native promoter is positively regulated by the stringent response. Furthermore, elevated wag31Mtb expression in M. smegmatis drastically alters the cell-surface hydrophobic properties.