Analysis of two gene regions involved in the expression of the imipenem-specific, outer membrane porin protein OprD of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Hongjin Huang, Richard J. Siehnel, Bellido Francis, Eileen Rawling, Robert E.W. Hancock

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A Tn501 mutant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa resistant to imipenem and lacking the imipenemspecific outer membrane porin protein OprD was isolated. The mutation could be complemented to imipenem susceptibility and OprD-sufficiency by a cloned 6-kb EcoRI-PstI fragment of DNA from the region of chromosome of the wild-type strain surrounding the site of Tn501 insertion. However, this fragment did not contain the oprD structural gene as judged by its inability to hybridize with an oligonucleotide corresponding to the N-terminal amino acid sequence of OprD. DNA sequencing of 3.9 kb of the region surrounding the Tn501 insertion site revealed three large open reading frames, one of which would be interrupted by the Tn501 insertion in the mutant. This latter open reading frame, named opdE (for putative regulator of oprD), predicted a hydrophobic protein of MT 41 592. Using the above-mentioned oligonucleotide, the oprD structural gene was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli on a 2.1-kb BamHI-KpnI fragment. DNA sequencing predicted a 420 amino acid mature OprD protein with a 23 amino acid signal sequence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 15 Oct 1992


  • Gene expression
  • OprD
  • Outer membrane protein
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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