We demonstrate by using purified bacterial components that the protein kinases that regulate chemotaxis and transcription of nitrogen-regulated genes, CheA and NRII, respectively, have cross-specificities: CheA can phosphorylate the Ntr transcription factor NRI and thereby activate transcription from the nitrogen-regulated glnA promoter, and NRII can phosphorylate CheY. In addition, we find that a high intracellular concentration of a highly active mutant form of NRII can suppress the smooth-swimming phenotype of a cheA mutant. These results argue strongly that sensory transduction in the Ntr and Che systems involves a common protein phosphotransfer mechanism.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Aug 1988|
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