Natural IS711 insertion causing omp31 gene inactivation in Brucella ovis

Gyuranecz, Miklós and Kreizinger, Zsuzsa and Horváth, Gábor and Rónai, Zsuzsanna and Dán, Ádám and Nagy, Beáta and Szeredi, Levente and Makrai, László and Jánosi, Szilárd and Hajtós, István and Magyar, Tibor and Bhide, Mangesh and Erdélyi, Károly and Dénes, Béla (2013) Natural IS711 insertion causing omp31 gene inactivation in Brucella ovis. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 25. pp. 234-238.

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The present report describes an atypical Brucella ovis strain (Bo10) isolated from the epididymis and testis of an infected ram. Macroscopic and microscopic lesions characteristic for the infection, including positive Brucella immunostaining, were observed within lesions in the genital organs. Compared to other isolates, strain Bo10 required an additional day (a total of 96 hr) of incubation to form visible colonies, showed a distinct carbon source utilization profile, agglutinated only weakly with rough (R) serum, but showed a high capacity for autoagglutination. Isolate Bo10 failed to produce the 1,071-bp fragment in the outer membrane protein (omp) 31 gene–based part of the “Bruce-ladder” multiplex polymerase chain reaction system but did produce a 1,915-bp amplicon, thus presenting a profile similar to Brucella abortus. Sequence analysis of the 1,915-bp fragment revealed an 842-bp long insertion sequence (IS)711 transposon element inserted into the promoter region of the omp31 gene, immediately upstream from the ribosome binding site (-10 box/Pribnow box). Sodium dodecyl sulfate– polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of a whole-cell lysate showed the absence in Bo10 of the approximately 31-kDa protein fragment associated with omp31. The results demonstrate a natural inactivation of omp31 and, consequently, the absence of the Omp31 protein in this B. ovis isolate. The novel location of IS711 within the genome of a naturally occurring B. ovis strain supports the hypothesis that IS711 could be an active transposon in this Brucella species.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture / mezőgazdaság > SV Veterinary science / állatorvostudomány
Depositing User: dr. Miklós Gyuranecz
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 09:39
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2013 07:20

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