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P27 is an antigenic membrane lipoprotein synthesized by members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Northern blotting and RT-PCR experiments indicated that the genes encoding P27 and a putative antibiotic transporter (P55) form an operon. A promoter region was identified and characterized by deletion analysis in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Two(More)
P27 lipoprotein was previously described as an antigen in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, encoded by the lprG gene, also named Rv1411 in the TubercuList (http://genolist.pasteur.fr/TubercuList) gene bank. It forms an operon with Rv1410 that encodes for an efflux pump, P55. A mutant of the H37Rv strain of M. tuberculosis not producing P27 (strain(More)
mce3 is one of the four mce operons in Mycobacterium tuberculosis that encode exported proteins with a probable role in the virulence of this bacterium. Upstream of mce3 there is a putative regulatory gene (Rv1963) that harbours a double tetR-family signature. To study the role of this putative regulatory gene in the transcriptional regulation of the mce3(More)
Mycobacterium microti is the agent of tuberculosis in wild voles and has been used as a live vaccine against tuberculosis in man and cattle. To explore the M. microti genome in greater detail, we used a M. tuberculosis H37Rv genomic DNA microarray to detect gene deletions among M. microti isolates. A number of deletions were identified that correlated with(More)
Bovine tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium bovis, a mycobacterium highly similar to M. tuberculosis that belongs to the M. tuberculosis complex. The main host of M. bovis is cattle but it also affects many other mammalians including humans. Tuberculosis in humans caused by either M. bovis or M. tuberculosis is clinically hard to distinguish. During(More)
The direct repeat (DR) region in Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains is composed of multiple well-conserved 36-bp DRs interspersed with nonrepetitive DNA spacer sequences of similar size. Clinical isolates show extensive polymorphism in this DR region, and this has led to the development of a 43-spacer reversed line blot methodology: spoligotyping.(More)
Leptospirosis is a zoonosis of ubiquitous distribution caused by spirochetes. Leptospires exist either as saprophytic water-associated organisms or as animal pathogens that can survive in water. Previous works have demonstrated that both saprophytic and pathogenic leptospires are able to produce functional biofilms, which consist of a community of bacteria(More)
Leptospirosis is an emerging infectious disease that has been identified as both a human and animal health problem worldwide. Regular outbreaks associated with specific risk factors have been reported in Argentina. However, there are no available data concerning the genetic population level for this pathogen. Therefore, the aim of this work was to describe(More)
A Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis expression library in lambda ZAP was screened with immunized mice sera. One clone was selected, sequenced and further characterized. The sequence analysis of the hypothetical open-reading frame (ORF) predicts a protein of 20.8 kDa with a probable signal sequence compatible with Cys-acylation at Cys24,(More)
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis (PRA) which relies on the amplification of a 439-bp portion of the hsp65 gene present in all mycobacteria, followed by two distinct digestions (with BstEII and HaeIII) of the PCR product, offers a rapid and easy alternative that allows identification of the species without the(More)