Author(s): GarcaYoldi D, Marn CM, LpezGoi I
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Abstract Thirty-seven Brucella reference and field strains representing all the species and their biovars were analysed by PCR-RFLP to determine the degree of variation in the genes encoding the new members of group 3 outer membrane protein (Omp) family. Analysis of the omp22 and omp25c/omp25d genes indicated that the restriction patterns were identical for all species and biovars with all restriction enzymes tested, except for Brucella ovis that showed a short 30 bp deletion close to omp22 gene, and for B. abortus biovar 6 and B. ovis that lacked a DdeI site and a HinfI site, respectively, in the omp25c/omp25d genes. Analysis of PCR products of the omp31b gene digested with 20 restriction enzymes revealed that this gene has a greater level of DNA polymorphism than the other genes encoding the new members of group 3 Omp family. A deletion of 232bp was detected in fourteen B melitensis strains from different hosts and from different geographic origins, confirming that this feature is indeed a hallmark of B. melitensis. PCR-RFLP analysis of omp31b with DdeI allowed us to identify species-specific markers for B. abortus, B. melitensis, and B. ovis. Finally, by PCR analysis, Southern blot hybridization and DNA sequencing we showed that a large deletion of 15 kb, comprising the entire omp25b gene and 21 more genes, is present in all B. ovis strains, thus confirming previous observations from other authors.
This article was published in FEMS Microbiol Lett
and referenced in Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense