Journal article

Expression of the pMGA genes of Mycoplasma gallisepticum is controlled by variation in the GAA trinucleotide repeat lengths within the 5 ' noncoding regions

MD Glew, N Baseggio, PF Markham, GF Browning, ID Walker

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1998

Abstract

We analyzed the segment of DNA which contains the expressed pMGA gene from one strain of Mycoplasma gallisepticum in normal (strain S6) cells and in cells in which pMGA1.1 gene expression had ceased as a consequence of in vitro culture in the presence of pMGA1. 1-specific antibodies. Sequence analysis of isolates lacking pMGA1.1 expression revealed that this gene, which is typically expressed, exhibited sequence changes within a region 5' to its promoter. Specifically, pMGA1.1(+) cells contained a (GAA)12 motif upstream of the promoter, whereas in pMGA1.1(-) cells the corresponding region contained a (GAA)10 motif; when such cells were grown in medium no longer containing pMGA-specific antib..

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