Andrew Bryan

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The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa utilizes a cell density-dependent signalling phenomenon known as quorum sensing (QS) to regulate several virulence factors needed for infection. Acylated homoserine lactones, or autoinducers, are the primary signal molecules that mediate QS in P. aeruginosa. The autoinducer N-3O-dodecanoyl-homoserine lactone(More)
Legionella pneumophila is an intracellular pathogen responsible for Legionnaires' disease. This bacterium uses the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system to inject a large number of bacterial proteins into host cells to facilitate the biogenesis of a phagosome permissive for its intracellular growth. Like many highly adapted intravacuolar pathogens, L.(More)
Genomic DNA sequence analysis of the uropathogenic Escherichia coli strain CFT073 revealed that besides the fimB and fimE recombinase genes that control the type 1 pilus fim phase switch, there are three additional fimB- and fimE-like genes: ipuA, ipuB, and ipbA. Alignment of the predicted amino acid sequences showed that the five recombinases range in(More)
Genetic variation generates diversity in all kingdoms of life. The corresponding mechanisms can also be harnessed for laboratory studies of fundamental cellular processes. Here we report that oligonucleotides (oligos) generate mutations on the Legionella pneumophila chromosome by a mechanism that requires homologous DNA, but not RecA, RadA or any known(More)
In response to environmental fluctuations or stresses, bacteria can activate transcriptional and phenotypic programs to coordinate an adaptive response. The intracellular pathogen Legionella pneumophila converts from a noninfectious replicative form to an infectious transmissive form when the bacterium encounters alterations in either amino acid(More)
Unmarked gene deletions facilitate studies of Legionella pneumophila multicomponent processes, such as motility and exonuclease activity. For this purpose, FRT-flanked alleles constructed in Escherichia coli using λ-Red recombinase were transferred to L. pneumophila by natural transformation. Resistance cassettes were then efficiently excised using the Flp(More)
The ability to construct recombinant alleles efficiently in strains of interest, particularly unmarked deletions that reduce the potential for polar effects, is essential to studies of both pathogenesis and basic bacterial physiology. Here we describe a three-phase approach for generating unmarked deletions in Legionella pneumophila by constructing a mutant(More)
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