A clinical isolate of Mycobacterium avium was transformed with a new shuttle plasmid containing the Escherichia coli beta-galactosidase reporter gene under the control of the Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) hsp60 promoter. beta-Galactosidase activity was assayed spectrophotometrically in bacterial homogenates of the recombinant strain (M. avium.. lacZ) and used for quantification of the hsp60 promoter strength in different conditions of extra- and intracellular growth. Very low levels of beta-galactosidase were recorded during the exponential phase of in vitro growth, while they increased progressively during the late exponential and stationary phases. A significant increase in enzyme activity was also induced in exponentially growing cells by shifting the incubation temperature from 37 to 45 degrees C, but not from 37 to 42 degrees C nor from 30 to 42 degrees C. No induction of the promoter was observed by adding hydrogen peroxide to the cultures. Finally, beta-galactosidase levels were quantified during growth of M. avium::lacZ in murine macrophages, Soon after phagocytosis and, to a lesser extent at 1, 5 and 7 days after infection, increased levels of bacterial beta-galactosidase were observed indicating an increment in transcriptional activity of hsp60 promoter both at early phases of infection and during the course of intracellular growth. (C) 1998 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Autori:||Batoni G; Maisetta G; Florio W; Freer G; Campa M; Senesi S|
|Titolo:||Analysis of the Mycobacterium bovis hsp60 promoter activity in recombinant Mycobacterium avium|
|Anno del prodotto:||1998|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1574-6968.1998.tb13307.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|