Gary Schoolnik

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  • CLONING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF FXP, THE FLEXIBLE PILIN GENE OF AEROMONAS-HYDROPHILA MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY HO, A. S., SOHEL, I., SCHOOLNIK, G. K. 1992; 6 (18): 2725-2732

    Abstract:

    The flexible pilus of Aeromonas hydrophila is a morphologically and biochemically unique organelle which binds eukaryotic cell surfaces and whose expression is induced by specific physiochemical conditions. fxp, the structural gene coding for the flexible pilus subunit, was localized on a 7.6kb plasmid of A. hydrophila strain AH26. A putative Shine-Dalgarno sequence and -10 and -35 regions were identified, a signal peptide sequence delineated, and the coding sequence compared with other bacterial sequences and found to be unique. Plasmid and chromosomal DNA was prepared from 66 other Aeromonas strains and 12 strains from other bacterial genera and examined by Southern blot hybridization using a labelled fxp oligonucleotide and the 7.6kb plasmid as probes. No hybridizing sequences were identified except in the original strain, AH26. It is proposed that fxp codes for a highly evolved organelle, possibly widely distributed in nature, but that it is carried on a genetic element that is rapidly lost from most strains upon in vitro cultivation and storage.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1992JP27100019

    View details for PubMedID 1360140

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