Complementation analysis of the Dichelobacter nodosus fimN, fimO, and fimP genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and transcriptional analysis of the fimNOP gene region.


The causative agent of ovine footrot, the gram-negative anaerobe Dichelobacter nodosus, produces polar type IV fimbriae, which are the major protective antigens. The D. nodosus genes fimN, fimO, and fimP are homologs of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa fimbrial assembly genes, pilB, pilC, and pilD, respectively. Both the pilD and fimP genes encode prepilin… (More)