By comparing gene expression of virulent Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv and attenuated strain H37Ra, we previously detected six genes that appear to be markedly downregulated in the attenuated strain compared with the virulent one. Three of these genes, i.e. Rv1345, Rv2770c, and Rv0288, code for proteins that can be predictively associated to immunological or pathogenetic aspects of M. tuberculosis infection; the other genes, i.e. Rv2336, Rv1320c, and Rv2819c, code for proteins with unknown functions (Rindi et al., 1999). In this paper we searched for the above mentioned genes in Pvu II-digested genomic DNA of a number of mycobacterial species by southern blot analysis employing PCR-generated probes in high-stringency conditions. Hybridization signals were only found in species belonging to the M. tuberculosis complex, i.e., M. tuberculosis, M. bovis, including the BCG strain, and M. microti, but not in other mycobacterial species, including M. avium, M. intracellulare, M. malmoense, M. xenopi, M. kansasii, M. simiae, M. marinum, M. scrofulaceum, M. gordonae, M. fortuitum, and M. smegmantis. These results indicate that genes Rv1345, Rv2770c, Rv0288, Rv2336, Rv1320c, and Rv2819c are associated with the most virulent mycobacteria and further support their potential role in M. tuberculosis virulence.
|Autori interni:||RINDI, LAURA|
|Autori:||RINDI L.; LARI N.; GARZELLI C|
|Titolo:||Genes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv downregulated in the attenuated strain H37Ra are restricted to M. tuberculosis complex species|
|Anno del prodotto:||2001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|