Demonstration that fbiC is required by Mycobacterium bovis BCG for coenzyme F(420) and FO biosynthesis.

Using the nitroimidazopyran-based antituberculosis drug PA-824 as a selective agent, transposon-generated Mycobacterium bovis strain BCG (M. bovis) mutants that could not make coenzyme F(420) were identified. Four independent mutants that could not make F(420) or the biosynthesis intermediate FO were examined more closely. These mutants contained… CONTINUE READING