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EirA Is a Novel Protein Essential for Intracellular Replication of Coxiella burnetii

Miku Kuba, Nitika Neha, Patrice Newton, Yi Wei Lee, Vicki Bennett-Wood, Abderrahman Hachani, David P De Souza, Brunda Nijagal, Saravanan Dayalan, Dedreia Tull, Malcolm J McConville, Fiona M Sansom, Hayley J Newton

Infection and Immunity | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2020


The zoonotic bacterial pathogen Coxiella burnetii is the causative agent of Q fever, a febrile illness which can cause a serious chronic infection. C. burnetii is a unique intracellular bacterium which replicates within host lysosome-derived vacuoles. The ability of C. burnetii to replicate within this normally hostile compartment is dependent on the activity of the Dot/Icm type 4B secretion system. In a previous study, a transposon mutagenesis screen suggested that the disruption of the gene encoding the novel protein CBU2072 rendered C. burnetii incapable of intracellular replication. This protein, subsequently named EirA (essential for intracellular replication A), is indispensable for in..

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