Using a conditional mutagenesis strategy we demonstrate here that a gene cluster encoding putative aminoarabinose (Ara4N) biosynthesis enzymes is essential for the viability of Burkholderia cenocepacia. Loss of viability is associated with dramatic changes in bacterial cell morphology and ultrastructure, increased permeability to propidium iodide, and sensitivity to sodium dodecyl sulfate, suggesting a general cell envelope defect caused by the lack of Ara4N.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ortega, X. P., Cardona, S. T., Brown, A. R., Loutet, S. A., Flannagan, R. S., Campopiano, D. J., Govan, J. R. W., & Valvano, M. A. (2007). A putative gene cluster for aminoarabinose biosynthesis is essential for Burkholderia cenocepacia viability. Journal of Bacteriology, 189(9), 3639-44. https://doi.org/10.1128/JB.00153-07