The global regulator Crc orchestrates the metabolic robustness underlying oxidative stress resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Fernando Corona, José Luis Martínez, Pablo I. Nikel*

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The remarkable metabolic versatility of bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas enable their survival across very diverse environmental conditions. P. aeruginosa, one of the most relevant opportunistic pathogens, is a prime example of this adaptability. The interplay between regulatory networks that mediate these metabolic and physiological features is just starting to be explored in detail. Carbon catabolite repression, governed by the Crc protein, controls the availability of several enzymes and transporters involved in the assimilation of secondary carbon sources. Yet, the regulation exerted by Crc on redox metabolism of P. aeruginosa (hence, on the overall physiology) had hitherto been unexplored. In this study, we address the intimate connection between carbon catabolite repression and metabolic robustness of P. aeruginosa PAO1. In particular, we explored the interplay between oxidative stress, metabolic rearrangements in central carbon metabolism and the cellular redox state. By adopting a combination of quantitative physiology experiments, multi-omic analyses, transcriptional patterns of key genes, measurement of metabolic activities in vitro, and direct quantification of redox balances both in the wild-type strain and in an isogenic Δcrc derivative, we demonstrate that Crc orchestrates the overall response of P. aeruginosa to oxidative stress via reshaping of the core metabolic architecture in this bacterium.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Microbiology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)898-912
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Crc
  • Metabolism
  • Stress
  • Regulation
  • Bacterial physiology


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