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IscR DNA-binding transcriptional dual regulator

Synonyms: IscR-2Fe-2S, IscR
The transcription factor IscR, for "Iron-sulfur cluster Regulator," is negatively autoregulated, and it contains an iron-sulfur cluster that could act as a sensor of iron-sulfur cluster assembly [2, 4] This protein regulates the expression of the operons that encode components of a secondary pathway of iron-sulfur cluster assembly, iron-sulfur proteins, anaerobic respiration enzymes, and biofilm formation [2, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15] IscR is a member of the Rrf2 family [1]and carries a predicted N-terminal helix-turn-helix DNA-binding motif and three conserved cysteines in its C terminus. IscR is a dimer in solution [1] and it contains the [2Fe-2S]1+ cluster when purified under anaerobic conditions [2] This [2Fe-2S]1+ cluster has an unusual (Cys)3(His)1 ligand scheme and is essential for cluster ligation [16] Some proteins, such as SufB, IscU, EprA, and IscA, are involved in the assembly and transfer of the [2Fe-2S]cluster to IscR [17] Two types of DNA-binding sites have been described for IscR: type 1 and type 2.
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Transcription factor      
TF conformation(s):
Name Conformation Type TF-Effector Interaction Type Apo/Holo Conformation Evidence (Confirmed, Strong, Weak) References
IscR Functional   Apo [BPP], [GEA], [IEP] [1], [2]
IscR-2Fe-2S Functional Covalent Holo [APPHINH], [BPP], [GEA], [IDA], [IEP], [IMP], [IPI] [1], [2], [3]
Evolutionary Family: Rrf2
Connectivity class: Local Regulator
Gene name: iscR
  Genome position: 2661643-2662131
  Length: 489 bp / 162 aa
Operon name: iscRSUA
TU(s) encoding the TF:
Transcription unit        Promoter

Regulated gene(s) erpA, hyaA, hyaB, hyaC, hyaD, hyaE, hyaF, iscA, iscR, iscS, iscU, napA, napB, napC, napD, napF, napG, napH, nfuA, nrdE, nrdF, nrdH, nrdI, rnlA, rnlB, sufA, sufB, sufC, sufD, sufE, sufS, ydiU
Multifun term(s) of regulated gene(s) MultiFun Term (List of genes associated to the multifun term)
anaerobic respiration (13)
aerobic respiration (7)
incorporation of metal ions (7)
sulfur metabolism (7)
chaperoning, repair (refolding) (5)
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Regulated operon(s) erpA, hyaABCDEF, iscRSUA, napFDAGHBC-ccmABCDEFGH, nrdHIEF, rnlAB, sufABCDSE, ydiU, yhgH-nfuA
First gene in the operon(s) erpA, hyaA, iscR, napF, nfuA, nrdH, rnlA, sufA, ydiU
Simple and complex regulons AppY,ArcA,Fis,IscR,NarL,NarP,YdeO
Simple and complex regulatory phrases Regulatory phrase (List of promoters regulated by the phrase)

Transcription factor regulation    

Transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) arrangements

  Functional conformation Function Promoter Sigma factor Central Rel-Pos Distance to first Gene Genes Sequence LeftPos RightPos Evidence (Confirmed, Strong, Weak) References
  IscR repressor erpAp nd -28.0 -77.0 erpA
176521 176545 [BPP], [GEA] [4]
  IscR repressor hyaAp Sigma70, Sigma38 -42.0 -197.0 hyaA, hyaB, hyaC, hyaD, hyaE, hyaF
1031930 1031954 [BPP], [GEA] [4]
  IscR repressor hyaAp Sigma70, Sigma38 -39.0 -194.0 hyaA, hyaB, hyaC, hyaD, hyaE, hyaF
1031933 1031957 [APIORCISFBSCS], [BPP], [GEA] [5]
  IscR-2Fe-2S repressor iscRp Sigma70 -53.0 -121.0 iscR, iscS, iscU, iscA
2662240 2662264 [BPP], [GEA], [SM] [3], [4], [6]
  IscR-2Fe-2S repressor iscRp Sigma70 -28.0 -96.0 iscR, iscS, iscU, iscA
2662215 2662239 [BPP], [GEA], [SM] [2], [3], [4], [6]
  IscR repressor napFp3 nd 7.0 -192.0 napF, napD, napA, napG, napH, napB, napC
2303677 2303701 [BPP], [GEA] [4]
  IscR repressor nfuAp1 nd 4.0 -25.0 nfuA
3545587 3545611 [BPP], [GEA] [4]
  IscR activator nrdHp Sigma70 nd nd nrdH, nrdI, nrdE, nrdF nd nd [GEA] [7]
  IscR repressor rnlAp2 Sigma70 -29.5 -53.5 rnlA, rnlB
2765852 2765876 [APIORCISFBSCS], [BPP], [GEA] [8]
  IscR activator sufAp Sigma70 -145.5 -177.5 sufA, sufB, sufC, sufD, sufS, sufE
1764551 1764575 [BPP], [GEA] [6], [9]
  IscR activator sufAp Sigma70 -104.5 -136.5 sufA, sufB, sufC, sufD, sufS, sufE
1764510 1764534 [BPP], [GEA] [6], [9]
  IscR activator sufAp Sigma70 -42.5 -74.5 sufA, sufB, sufC, sufD, sufS, sufE
1764448 1764472 [APIORCISFBSCS], [BPP], [GEA], [IMP], [SM] [4], [6], [9], [10], [11]
  IscR activator ydiUp nd -44.0 -54.0 ydiU
1791286 1791310 [BPP], [GEA] [4]

High-throughput Transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs)

  Functional conformation Function Object name Object type Distance to first Gene Sequence LeftPos RightPos Growth Condition Evidence (Confirmed, Strong, Weak) References
  IscR-2Fe-2S repressor torT nd nd 1056235 1056259 nd , [BPP], , , [GEA] [12]

Alignment and PSSM for IscR TFBSs    

Aligned TFBS of IscR   

Position weight matrix (PWM). IscR matrix-quality result   
A	4	3	9	2	1	2	2	7	2	2	3	6	1	3	0	7	1	2	5	0	0	0	1	5	2	3	5
C	3	1	0	2	2	2	5	2	8	4	3	3	1	0	2	1	2	3	3	0	0	0	0	1	0	0	0
G	1	1	0	3	1	1	4	0	0	0	4	0	2	1	1	0	5	2	1	7	10	10	0	1	1	1	1
T	3	6	2	4	7	6	0	2	1	5	1	2	7	7	8	3	3	4	2	4	1	1	10	4	8	7	5

;	consensus.strict             	ctagttcaCcgatttagcaGGGTatta
;	consensus.strict.rc          	TAATACCCTGCTAAATCGGTGAACTAG
;	consensus.IUPAC              	mtakttsaCysmtttagymKGGTwttw
;	consensus.regexp             	[ac]ta[gt]tt[cg]aC[ct][cg][ac]tttag[ct][ac][GT]GGT[at]tt[at]
;	consensus.regexp.rc          	[AT]AA[AT]ACC[AC][GT][AG]CTAAA[GT][CG][AG]GT[CG]AA[AC]TA[GT]

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Evolutionary conservation of regulatory elements    
     Note: Evolutionary conservation of regulatory interactions and promoters is limited to gammaproteobacteria.
TF-target gene evolutionary conservation
Promoter-target gene evolutionary conservation


 [BPP] Binding of purified proteins

 [GEA] Gene expression analysis

 [IEP] Inferred from expression pattern

 [APPHINH] Assay of protein purified to homogeneity from its native host

 [IDA] Inferred from direct assay

 [IMP] Inferred from mutant phenotype

 [IPI] Inferred from physical interaction

 [APIORCISFBSCS] A person inferred or reviewed a computer inference of sequence function based on similarity to a consensus sequence.

 [SM] Site mutation

 [AIBSPD] Automated inference based on sequence pattern discovery

 [CE] ChIP-seq evidence

 [EME] Expression microarray evidence


 [1] Nesbit AD., Giel JL., Rose JC., Kiley PJ., 2009, Sequence-specific binding to a subset of IscR-regulated promoters does not require IscR Fe-S cluster ligation., J Mol Biol 387(1):28-41

 [2] Schwartz CJ., Giel JL., Patschkowski T., Luther C., Ruzicka FJ., Beinert H., Kiley PJ., 2001, IscR, an Fe-S cluster-containing transcription factor, represses expression of Escherichia coli genes encoding Fe-S cluster assembly proteins., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 98(26):14895-900

 [3] Giel JL., Nesbit AD., Mettert EL., Fleischhacker AS., Wanta BT., Kiley PJ., 2013, Regulation of iron-sulphur cluster homeostasis through transcriptional control of the Isc pathway by [2Fe-2S]-IscR in Escherichia coli., Mol Microbiol 87(3):478-92

 [4] Giel JL., Rodionov D., Liu M., Blattner FR., Kiley PJ., 2006, IscR-dependent gene expression links iron-sulphur cluster assembly to the control of O-regulated genes in Escherichia coli., Mol Microbiol 60(4):1058-75

 [5] Nesbit AD., Fleischhacker AS., Teter SJ., Kiley PJ., 2012, ArcA and AppY antagonize IscR repression of hydrogenase-1 expression under anaerobic conditions, revealing a novel mode of O2 regulation of gene expression in Escherichia coli., J Bacteriol 194(24):6892-9

 [6] Yeo WS., Lee JH., Lee KC., Roe JH., 2006, IscR acts as an activator in response to oxidative stress for the suf operon encoding Fe-S assembly proteins., Mol Microbiol 61(1):206-18

 [7] Martin JE., Imlay JA., 2011, The alternative aerobic ribonucleotide reductase of Escherichia coli, NrdEF, is a manganese-dependent enzyme that enables cell replication during periods of iron starvation., Mol Microbiol 80(2):319-34

 [8] Otsuka Y., Miki K., Koga M., Katayama N., Morimoto W., Takahashi Y., Yonesaki T., 2010, IscR regulates RNase LS activity by repressing rnlA transcription., Genetics 185(3):823-30

 [9] Jang S., Imlay JA., 2010, Hydrogen peroxide inactivates the Escherichia coli Isc iron-sulphur assembly system, and OxyR induces the Suf system to compensate., Mol Microbiol 78(6):1448-67

 [10] Lee JH., Yeo WS., Roe JH., 2004, Induction of the sufA operon encoding Fe-S assembly proteins by superoxide generators and hydrogen peroxide: involvement of OxyR, IHF and an unidentified oxidant-responsive factor., Mol Microbiol 51(6):1745-55

 [11] Mettert EL., Kiley PJ., 2014, Coordinate regulation of the Suf and Isc Fe-S cluster biogenesis pathways by IscR is essential for viability of Escherichia coli., J Bacteriol 196(24):4315-23

 [12] Carey JN., Mettert EL., Roggiani M., Myers KS., Kiley PJ., Goulian M., 2018, Regulated Stochasticity in a Bacterial Signaling Network Permits Tolerance to a Rapid Environmental Change., Cell 173(1):196-207.e14

 [13] Tokumoto U., Takahashi Y., 2001, Genetic analysis of the isc operon in Escherichia coli involved in the biogenesis of cellular iron-sulfur proteins., J Biochem (Tokyo) 130(1):63-71

 [14] Lee KC, Yeo WS, Roe JH, 2008, Oxidant-responsive induction of the suf operon, encoding a Fe-S assembly system, through Fur and IscR in Escherichia coli., J Bacteriol, 2008 Dec

 [15] Wu Y, Outten FW, 2009, IscR controls iron-dependent biofilm formation in Escherichia coli by regulating type I fimbria expression., J Bacteriol, 2009 Feb

 [16] Fleischhacker AS, Stubna A, Hsueh KL, Guo Y, Teter SJ, Rose JC, Brunold TC, Markley JL, Münck E, Kiley PJ, 2012, Characterization of the [2Fe-2S] cluster of Escherichia coli transcription factor IscR., Biochemistry, 2012 Jun 5

 [17] Vinella D, Loiseau L, Ollagnier de Choudens S, Fontecave M, Barras F, 2013, In vivo [Fe-S] cluster acquisition by IscR and NsrR, two stress regulators in Escherichia coli., Mol Microbiol, 2013 Feb

 [18] Rajagopalan S, Teter SJ, Zwart PH, Brennan RG, Phillips KJ, Kiley PJ, 2013, Studies of IscR reveal a unique mechanism for metal-dependent regulation of DNA binding specificity., Nat Struct Mol Biol, 2013 Jun

 [19] Frazzon J., Dean DR., 2001, Feedback regulation of iron-sulfur cluster biosynthesis., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 98(26):14751-3

 [20] Santos JA, Pereira PJ, Macedo-Ribeiro S, 2015, What a difference a cluster makes: The multifaceted roles of IscR in gene regulation and DNA recognition., Biochim Biophys Acta, 2015 Sep