Cloning and initial characterization of the Bordetella pertussis fur gene

Curr Microbiol. 1995 Apr;30(4):223-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00293637.


In several Gram-negative pathogens the fur (ferric uptake regulator) gene product controls the expression of many genes involved in iron uptake and virulence. To facilitate the study of iron-regulated gene expression in Bordetella pertussis, we cloned the fur gene from this organism. The B. pertussis fur gene product was 54% identical to the Escherichia coli Fur and complemented two E. coli fur mutants. As with the E. coli fur gene, sequences upstream of the B. pertussis fur were homologous to the consensus Fur-binding site and to the consensus catabolite activator protein binding site.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Bordetella pertussis / genetics*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
  • Genes, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Genes, Regulator / genetics*
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Iron / metabolism*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Iron

Associated data

  • GENBANK/L31851