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It has previously been shown that myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (myo-InsP6) mediates iron transport into Pseudomonas aeruginosa and overcomes iron-dependent growth inhibition. In this study, the iron transport properties of myo-inositol trisphosphate and tetrakisphosphate regio-isomers were studied. Pseudomonas aeruginosa accumulated iron (III) at similar rates whether complexed with myo-Ins(1,2,3)P3 or myo-InsP6. Iron accumulation from other compounds, notably D/L myo-Ins(1,2,4,5)P4 and another inositol trisphosphate regio-isomer, D-myo-Ins(1,4,5)P3, was dramatically increased. Iron transport profiles from myo-InsP6 into mutants lacking the outer membrane porins oprF, oprD and oprP were similar to the wild-type, indicating that these porins are not involved in the transport process. The rates of reduction of iron (III) to iron (II) complexed to any of the compounds by a Ps. aeruginosa cell lysate were similar, suggesting that a reductive mechanism is not the rate-determining step.


Journal article


J Appl Microbiol

Publication Date





537 - 543


Biological Transport, Inositol Phosphates, Iron, Iron Radioisotopes, NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases, Porins, Pseudomonas aeruginosa