An 8.3 kDa protein (SA5K), secreted by Mycobacterium tuberculosis/Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) in culture filtrate, has been previously described in our laboratory. In the present study, analysis of the distribution of SA5K gene (Rv1174c) among M. tuberculosis strains, isolated from a wide variety of clinical specimens, revealed that the gene is present in all clinical isolates analyzed (29/29). SA5K expression inside human macrophages infected with BCG was demonstrated by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) on RNA extracted from bacterial cells following 24 and 48 h of infection. In addition, in order to evaluate whether SA5K gene was also expressed at the site of infection in the lung, a nested RT-PCR assay was developed to detect specific mRNA in sputum samples collected from smear positive tuberculosis patients. SA5K mRNA was detected in all the samples containing high numbers of tubercle bacilli demonstrating that the corresponding gene is expressed during the course of clinical infection.
|Autori interni:||BOTTAI, DARIA|
|Autori:||BOTTAI D.; BATONI G.; ESIN S.; MAISETTA G.; M. PARDINI; FLORIO W.; RINDI L.; GARZELLI C; CAMPA M.|
|Titolo:||Expression of SA5K, a secretion antigen of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, inside human macrophages and in sputum from tuberculosis patients|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0378-1097(03)00602-5|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|