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Campylobacter jejuni PflB is required for motility and colonisation of the chicken gastrointestinal tract

Kanji, Alpa; Jones, M.A.; Maskell, Duncan J.; Grant, Andrew J.

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Alpa Kanji

Duncan J. Maskell

Andrew J. Grant



Abstract

Campylobacter jejuni is the leading cause of foodborne bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. Although the mechanisms by which C. jejuni causes disease are not completely understood, the presence of functional flagella appears to be required for colonisation of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals. Therefore much attention has been given to understanding the synthesis and role of flagella in C. jejuni. In this study we report insights into the function of PflB that is essential for Campylobacter motility. We have explored the function of this gene by constructing deletion mutants in C. jejuni strains NCTC11168 and M1, in the genes cj0390 and CJM1_0368, respectively. The mutants were non-motile yet assembled flagella that appeared structurally identical to the wild type. Furthermore the protein is required for C. jejuni colonisation of caeca in a two-week old chicken colonisation model.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2015
Journal Microbial Pathogenesis
Print ISSN 0882-4010
Electronic ISSN 1096-1208
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 89
APA6 Citation Kanji, A., Jones, M., Maskell, D. J., & Grant, A. J. (2015). Campylobacter jejuni PflB is required for motility and colonisation of the chicken gastrointestinal tract. Microbial Pathogenesis, 89, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micpath.2015.09.010
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micpath.2015.09.010
Keywords Campylobacter, Motility, Chicken
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.micpath.2015.09.010
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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