The rpoN Gene of Enterococcus faecalis Directs Sensitivity to Subclass IIa Bacteriocins
The sigma54 factor has been previously described to be involved in Listeria monocytogenes sensitivity to mesentericin Y105, a subclass IIa bacteriocin. Here, we identified the rpoN gene, encoding sigma54, of Enterococcus faecalis JH2-2 and showed that its interruption leads to E. faecalis resistance to different subclass IIa bacteriocins. Moreover, this rpoN mutant remained sensitive to nisin, a class I bacteriocin, suggesting that sigma54 is especially involved in sensitivity to subclass IIa bacteriocins.
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