alexa Genome-wide expression analysis of Burkholderia pseudomallei infection in a hamster model of acute melioidosis.
Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Journal of Bioprocessing & Biotechniques

Author(s): Tuanyok A, Tom M, Dunbar J, Woods DE

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Burkholderia pseudomallei is the causative agent of melioidosis and represents a potential bioterrorism threat. In the current studies we have examined gene expression in B. pseudomallei in an animal model of acute melioidosis using whole-genome microarrays. Gene expression profiles were generated by comparing transcriptional levels of B. pseudomallei-expressed genes in infected hamster organs including liver, lung, and spleen following intraperitoneal and intranasal routes of infection to those from bacteria grown in vitro. Differentially expressed genes were similar in infected livers irrespective of the route of infection. Reduced expression of a number of housekeeping genes suggested a lower bacterial growth rate during infection. Energy production during growth in vivo involved specific biochemical pathways such as isomerization of 3-phosphoglycerate, catabolism of d-glucosamine and inositol, and biosynthesis of particular amino acids. In addition, the induction of genes known to be involved in oxidative phosphorylation including ubiquinol oxidase, ferredoxin oxidoreductase, and formate dehydrogenase enzymes suggested the use of alternative pathways for energy production, while the expression of genes coding for ATP-synthase and NADH-dehydrogenase enzymes was reduced. Our studies have identified differentially expressed genes which include potential virulence genes such as those for a putative phospholipase C and a putative two-component regulatory system, and they have also provided a better understanding of bacterial metabolism in response to the host environment during acute melioidosis.
This article was published in Infect Immun and referenced in Journal of Bioprocessing & Biotechniques

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

  • 17th Euro Biotechnology Congress
    September 25-27, 2017 Berlin, Germany
  • 2nd World Biotechnology Congress
    December 04-06, 2017 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version