Journal of Bacteriology
Bradyrhizobium japonicum produces delta-aminolevulinic acid, the universal precursor of tetrapyrroles, in a reaction catalyzed by the product of the hemA gene. Expression of the B. japonicum hemA gene is affected by iron availability. Activity of a hemA-lacZ fusion is increased approximately threefold by iron, and RNA analysis indicates that iron regulation is at the level of mRNA accumulation. To our knowledge, this is the first example of an iron-regulated heme biosynthetic gene in prokaryotes.
Page, Karen M.; Connolly, Erin; and Guerinot, Mary Lou, "Effect of Iron Availability on Expression of the Bradyrhizobium Japonicum hemA Gene." (1994). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 1437.