PhoB Regulates the Survival of Bacteroides fragilis in Peritoneal Abscesses

Shin Wakimoto, Haruyuki Nakayama-Imaohji, Minoru Ichimura, Hidetoshi Morita, Hideki Hirakawa, Tetsuya Hayashi, Koji Yasutomo, Tomomi Kuwahara

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


In response to phosphate limitation, bacteria employ the Pho regulon, a specific regulatory network for phosphate acquisition. The two-component signal transduction system of PhoRB plays a crucial role in the induction of Pho regulon genes, leading to the adaptation to phosphate starvation. Herein, we identified the PhoRB system in Bacteroides fragilis, a commensal gut bacterium, and evaluated its role in gut colonization and survival in peritoneal abscesses. BF1575 and BF1576 encoded PhoR (sensor histidine kinase) and PhoB (response regulator) in the sequenced B. fragilis strain YCH46, respectively. Transcriptome analysis revealed that deletion of phoB affected the expression of 585 genes (more than 4-fold change) in B. fragilis, which included genes for stress response (chaperons and heat shock proteins), virulence (capsular polysaccharide biosynthesis) and phosphate metabolism. Deletion of phoB reduced the ability of the bacterium to persist in peritoneal abscesses induced by an intra-abdominal challenge of B. fragilis. Furthermore, PhoB was necessary for survival of this anaerobe in peritoneal abscesses but not for in vitro growth in rich media or in intestinal colonization. These results indicate that PhoB plays an important role in the survival of B. fragilis under stressful extraintestinal conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere53829
JournalPloS one
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'PhoB Regulates the Survival of Bacteroides fragilis in Peritoneal Abscesses'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this