The Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhlAB operon is not expressed during the logarithmic phase of growth even in the presence of its activator RhlR and the autoinducer N-butyryl-homoserine lactone.J Bacteriol. 2003 Jan; 185(1):377-80.JB
The Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhlAB operon encodes the enzyme rhamnosyltransferase 1, which produces the biosurfactant mono-rhamnolipid; rhlAB induction is dependent on the quorum-sensing transcription activator RhlR complexed with the autoinducer N-butyryl-homoserine lactone (C(4)-HSL). In this work we studied rhlAB induction in a P. aeruginosa and Escherichia coli background. We found that, in both bacteria, its expression is not induced during the logarithmic phase of growth even in the presence of RhlR and C(4)-HSL. Additionally, we found that rhlAB expression is partially sigma(s) dependent.