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Plasmid. 2003 Jan;49(1):34-43.

Transposon mutagenesis of Mycoplasma gallisepticum.

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Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19717-1303, USA.


There are few systems available for studying the genetics of the important avian respiratory pathogen, Mycoplasma gallisepticum. These techniques are needed to develop a mechanism to study the molecular pathogenesis of M. gallisepticum. Tn916 has the ability to transpose into the M. gallisepticum genome by both transformation and conjugation. In this study, PEG-mediated transformation was employed for the transfer of Tn916 into M. gallisepticum and create a transposon mutant library. Transformants were obtained at a frequency of approximately 5 x 10(-8) per recipient CFU. A total of 424 MG/Tn916 mutants were constructed and sequence data from the transposon junctions of 71 mutants was obtained and used to identify transposon insertion sites. Insertions were found throughout the genome in nearly all of the major gene categories, making this the first extensive characterization of a transposon mutant library of M. gallisepticum. Transposon stability was also examined, and it was determined that for two mutants the element was stably maintained in vivo in the absence of selective pressure.

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