Expression of fimbriation was studied inEscherichia coli K-12 CA8000 HfrH, and itscya, crp and MS2 resistant mutants. The cells of cya+ crp+ parent strain were observed to be flagellated bacilli, lacking fimbriae, unable to agglutinate erythrocytes and deficient in ability to produce surface pellicle during growth in stationary culture. The cells ofcya andcrp mutants were observed to be cocci or coccobacilli devoid of flagella, having haemagglutinating activity, fimbriated and capable of producing surface pellicle in stationary cultures. The fimbriation and haemagglutinating activities were lower incya mutants grown with cAMP supplementation. Thecya andcrp mutants produced relatively small, smooth and compact colonies consisting mostly of fimbriated cells, like those of earlier described Fimσ mutants. Thecya+ crp+ MS2 resistant mutant produced large sized colonies like those of parent but was deficient in conjugal donor ability. It resembledcya andcrp mutants in haemagglutinating and fimbriation properties. Thecya andcrp mutants have been earlier shown to be deficient in several Tra functions including conjugal donor ability. It is concluded thatEscherichia coli K-12 cells express fimbriation when Tra functions of F-plasmid carried in them are not expressed either due to deficiency of active cAMP-receptor protein complex or mutation in F-plasmid or when F-plasmid is absent.
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