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Flores-Valdez M.A.,Biotecnologia Medica rmaceuticaresearch Center istencia En Tecnologia Y Diseno Del Estado Of Jalisco | de Jesus Aceves-Sanchez M.,Biotecnologia Medica rmaceuticaresearch Center istencia En Tecnologia Y Diseno Del Estado Of Jalisco | Pedroza-Roldan C.,University of Guadalajara | Vega-Dominguez P.J.,Biotecnologia Medica rmaceuticaresearch Center istencia En Tecnologia Y Diseno Del Estado Of Jalisco | And 6 more authors.
IUBMB Life | Year: 2015

Bacteria living in a surface-attached community that contains a heterogeneous population, coated with an extracellular matrix, and showing drug tolerance (biofilms) are often linked to chronic infections. In mycobacteria, the pellicle mode of growth has been equated to an in vitro biofilm and meets several of the criteria mentioned above, while tuberculosis infection presents a chronic (latent) phase of infection. As mycobacteria lack most genes required to control biofilm production by other microorganisms, we deleted or expressed from the hsp60 strong promoter the only known c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase (PDE) gene in Mycobacterium bovis BCG. We found changes in pellicle production, cellular protein profiles, lipid production, resistance to nitrosative stress and maintenance in lungs and spleens of immunocompetent BALB/mice. Our results show that pellicle production and capacity to remain within the host are linked in BCG. © 2015 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Source

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