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BMC Microbiology

, 10:77

First Online: 12 March 2010Received: 31 August 2009Accepted: 12 March 2010


BackgroundLactobacilli can utilize a variety of carbohydrates which reflects the nutrient availability in their respective environments. A common lactobacilli in the human gastrointestinal tract, Lactobacillus gasseri, was selected for further study. The currently available annotation of the L. gasseri ATCC 33323 genome describes numerous putative genes involved in carbohydrate utilization, yet the specific functions of many of these genes remain unknown.

ResultsAn enzyme I EI knockout strain revealed that a functional phosphotransferase transporter system PTS is required to ferment at least 15 carbohydrates. Analysis of the L. gasseri ATCC 33323 genome identified fifteen complete containing all of the necessary subunits PTS transporters. Transcript expression profiles in response to various carbohydrates glucose, mannose, fructose, sucrose and cellobiose were analyzed for the fifteen complete PTS transporters in L. gasseri. PTS 20 was induced 27 fold in the presence of sucrose and PTS 15 was induced 139 fold in the presence of cellobiose. No PTS transporter was induced by glucose, fructose or mannose. Insertional inactivation of PTS 15 and PTS 20 significantly impaired growth on cellobiose and sucrose, respectively. As predicted by bioinformatics, insertional inactivation of PTS 21 confirmed its role in mannose utilization.

ConclusionsThe experiments revealed the extensive contribution of PTS transporters to carbohydrate utilization by L. gasseri ATCC 33323 and the general inadequacy of the annotated sugar specificity of lactobacilli PTS transporters.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2180-10-77 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Alyssa L Francl - Taksawan Thongaram - Michael J Miller


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