The haemin storage (Hms+) phenotype of Yersinia pestis is not essential for the pathogenesis of bubonic plague in mammals.

@article{Lillard1999TheHS,
  title={The haemin storage (Hms+) phenotype of Yersinia pestis is not essential for the pathogenesis of bubonic plague in mammals.},
  author={James W. Lillard and Scott W. Bearden and Jacqueline D. Fetherston and Robert D. Perry},
  journal={Microbiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={145 ( Pt 1)},
  pages={
          197-209
        }
}
The haemin storage (Hms+) phenotype of Yersinia pestis enables this bacillus to form greenish/brown or red colonies on haemin or Congo Red agar plates, respectively, at 26 but not 37 degrees C. Escherichia coli strains that contain mutations in genes essential for siderophore biosynthesis, porphyrin generation and/or haemin transport remain unable to utilize exogenous haemin as a nutritional iron or porphyrin source when transformed with the cloned Y. pestis hmsHFRS locus. Further physiological… CONTINUE READING

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