Author(s): Canvin J, Langford PR, Wilks KE, Kroll JS
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Abstract sodC, encoding [Cu,Zn]-cofactored superoxide dismutase, once thought to be virtually confined to eukaryotes, has now been described in many Gram-negative pathogens that have their primary niche of colonization in the upper respiratory tract. Their role in host-parasite interactive biology is unknown. We here show that members of the major human and animal enteric pathogenic species Salmonella harbour a version of sodC most closely resembling that found in Brucella abortus. The enzyme it encodes is a novel candidate determinant of virulence in Salmonella, an intracellular pathogen potentially exposed to toxic oxygen free radicals within its intracellular niche.
This article was published in FEMS Microbiol Lett
and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry