Bacterial Proteins - metabolism, Cell and Molecular Biology of Microbes, Chemotaxis, Cytosine - metabolism, Genetic aspects, Membrane Proteins - metabolism, Methyl-Accepting Chemotaxis Proteins, Niacin, Niacin - metabolism, Pseudomonas putida, Pseudomonas putida - physiology
Soil bacteria are generally capable of growth on a wide range of organic chemicals, and pseudomonads are particularly adept at utilizing aromatic compounds. Pseudomonads are motile bacteria that are capable of sensing a wide range of chemicals, using both energy taxis and chemotaxis. Whilst the identification of specific chemicals detected by the ≥26 chemoreceptors encoded in Pseudomonas genomes is ongoing, the functions of only a limited number of Pseudomonas chemoreceptors have been revealed to date. We report here that McpC, a methyl-accepting chemotaxis protein in Pseudomonas putida F1 that was previously shown to function as a receptor for cytosine, was also responsible for the chemotactic response to the carboxylated pyridine nicotinic acid.