Journal article

Use of a high-throughput screen to identify Leptospira mutants unable to colonize the carrier host or cause disease in the acute model of infection

Renee A Marcsisin, Thanatchaporn Bartpho, Dieter M Bulach, Amporn Srikram, Rasana W Sermswan, Ben Adler, Gerald L Murray

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY | MICROBIOLOGY SOC | Published : 2013

Abstract

The molecular basis for leptospirosis infection and colonization remains poorly understood, with no efficient methods available for screening libraries of mutants for attenuation. We analysed the attenuation of leptospiral transposon mutants in vivo using a high-throughput method by infecting animals with pooled sets of transposon mutants. A total of 95 mutants was analysed by this method in the hamster model of acute infection, and one mutant was identified as attenuated (M1233, lb058 mutant). All virulence factors identified in Leptospira to date have been characterized in the acute model of infection, neglecting the carrier host. To address this, a BALB/c mouse colonization model was esta..

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