Burkholderia cenocepacia is an emerging opportunistic pathogen causing life-threatening infections in immunocompromised individuals and in patients with cystic fibrosis, which are often difficult, if not impossible, to treat. Understanding the genetic basis of virulence in this emerging pathogen is important for the development of novel treatment regimes. Generating deletion mutations in genes predicted to encode virulence determinants is fundamental to investigating the mechanisms of pathogenesis. However, there is a lack of appropriate selectable and counter-selectable markers for use in B. cenocepacia, making its genetic manipulation problematic. Here we describe a Gateway-compatible allelic exchange system based on the counter-selectable pheS gene and I-SceI homing endonuclease. The system provides efficiency in cloning homology regions of target genes, and allows the generation of precise and unmarked gene deletions in B. cenocepacia. As a proof of concept, we demonstrate its utility by deleting the Bcam1349 gene, encoding a c-di-GMP responsive regulator protein important for biofilm formation.
|Titolo:||In-Frame and Unmarked Gene Deletions in Burkholderia cenocepacia via an Allelic Exchange System Compatible with Gateway Technology|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/19 - Microbiologia Generale|
Settore BIO/18 - Genetica
Settore BIO/11 - Biologia Molecolare
|Data di pubblicazione:||giu-2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1128/AEM.03909-14|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|