Journal article

MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF A GENOMIC REGION ASSOCIATED WITH VIRULENCE IN DICHELOBACTER-NODOSUS

ME KATZ, RA STRUGNELL, JI ROOD

Infection and Immunity | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1992

Abstract

The major pathogen implicated in footrot, a highly contagious disease of sheep, is the strict anaerobe Dichelobacter nodosus (formerly Bacteroides nodosus). Sequence analysis of a 2,262-bp segment of the D. nodosus genome which is more prevalent in virulent isolates than in other isolates showed the presence of four open reading frames which appeared to have consensus transcriptional and translational start signals. These virulence-associated genes have been designated vapABCD. Two of the three copies of the vap region in the genome of the reference strain D. nodosus A198 were shown to carry all of the vap genes, whereas one copy contained only the vapD gene. The VapD protein was gel purifie..

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