Journal article

Curli loci of Shigella spp.

H Sakellaris, NK Hannink, K Rajakumar, D Bulach, M Hunt, C Sasakawa, B Adler

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2000

Abstract

An unstable chromosomal element encoding multiple antibiotic resistance in Shigella flexneri serotype 2a was found to include sequences homologous to the csg genes encoding curli in Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. As curli have been implicated in the virulence of serovar Typhimurium, we investigated the csg loci in all four species of Shigella. DNA sequencing and PCR analysis showed that the csg loci of a wide range of Shigella strains, of diverse serotypes and different geographical distributions, were almost universally disrupted by deletions or insertions, indicating the existence of a strong selective pressure against the expression of curli. Strains of ente..

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