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Mol Microbiol. 1991 Feb;5(2):307-16.

Molecular analysis of the virulence locus of the Salmonella dublin plasmid pSDL2.

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Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego 92103.


The virulence properties of various non-typhoid Salmonella serotypes depend on the presence of large plasmids 60-100 kb in size. We have shown previously that the virulence region on the 80 kb plasmid pSDL2 of Salmonella dublin Lane maps within a 14kb SalI fragment. In this report we show that an 8.2 kb region within this fragment is sufficient to express lethal disease in BALB/c mice. Sequence analysis of this segment revealed six sequential open reading frames designated vsdA-F, which encode putative proteins of 13-65kDa. Deletion analysis and location of Tn5-oriT inserts which abolish virulence suggest that vsdA, vsdC, vsdD and vsdE are essential for virulence expression. Downstream of vsdF we discovered a locus involved in stable plasmid maintenance. Deletion of that region resulted in plasmid multimerization and instability.

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