Roberto Navais

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Flavobacterium psychrophilum is a very significant fish pathogen that secretes two biochemically characterized extracellular proteolytic enzymes, Fpp1 and Fpp2. The genes encoding these enzymes are organized as an fpp2-fpp1 tandem in the genome of strain F. psychrophilum THC02/90. Analysis of the corresponding encoded proteins showed that they belong to two(More)
Nucleotide sequence analysis of the region surrounding the pIVET8 insertion site in Yersinia ruckeri 150RiviXII, previously selected by in vivo expression technology (IVET), revealed the presence of eight genes (traHIJKCLMN [hereafter referred to collectively as the tra operon or tra cluster]), which are similar both in sequence and organization to the tra(More)
Application of in vivo expression technology (IVET) to Yersinia ruckeri, an important fish pathogen, allowed the identification of two adjacent genes that represent a novel bacterial system involved in the uptake and degradation of l-cysteine. Analysis of the translational products of both genes showed permease domains (open reading frame 1 [ORF1]) and(More)
The study of the fish pathogen Flavobacterium psychrophilum has been drastically hampered by the difficulty to perform genetic manipulation of this organism. Although recent publications described the successful transfer of genetic material into this bacterium by transformation and conjugation, additional tools are still needed. This paper reports the(More)
The dltABCD cluster is involved in the d-alanylation of teichoic acids in gram positive bacteria. In order to determine the role of this alanylation in the physiology and virulence of Lactococcus garvieae, a previously isolated dltA Delta Tn917 signature tagged mutagenesis (STM) clone was analyzed. RT-PCR results revealed that dltABCD genes form an operon.(More)
Colonies of the fish pathogen Flavobacterium psychrophilum have gliding motility in media with low agar concentrations. Although gliding motility, particularly in Flavobacterium johnsoniae, has been well-studied, little is known about its regulation by environmental factors. The work described here shows that the ability of F. psychrophilum to spread over(More)
Lactococcus garvieae is the causative microbial agent of lactococcosis, an important and damaging fish disease in aquaculture. This bacterium has also been isolated from vegetables, milk, cheese, meat and sausages, from cow and buffalo as a mastitis agent, and even from humans, as an opportunistic infectious agent. In this work pathogenicity experiments(More)
In an attempt to dissect the virulence mechanisms of Yersinia ruckeri two adjacent genes, yrpA and yrpB, encoding putative peptidases belonging to the U32 family, were analyzed. Similar genes, with the same genetic organization were identified in genomic analysis of human-pathogenic yersiniae. RT-PCR studies indicated that these genes form an operon in Y.(More)
A three-gene operon, named yctCBA (Yersinia citrate transporter), induced by citrate and repressed by glucose was identified from a previously selected in vivo-induced (ivi) clone in the fish pathogen Yersinia ruckeri. Interestingly, despite being an ivi clone, the drastic growth reduction of the yctC mutant in the presence of citrate, and the relatively(More)
The heat sensitive factor (HSF) of the fish pathogen Yersinia ruckeri was previously identified as an unusual band on SDS-PAGE. According to this, Y. ruckeri strains were classified in HSF+ and HSF - in terms of the presence/absence of the factor. Experiments carried out by injection challenge with HSF + strains caused high mortalities in rainbow trout. In(More)