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J Gen Microbiol. 1987 Oct;133(10):2905-14.

Mapping and characterization of two mutations to antibiotic supersusceptibility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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Department of Microbiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


Two mutations associated with antibiotic supersusceptibility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain Z61 were transferred separately into strain PAO222, using R68.45-mediated conjugation and phage F116L transduction. One mutation (absA) was 40% contransducible with pro-82 at 26 min on the P. aeruginosa chromosome and was associated with increased susceptibility to beta-lactams, gentamicin and hydrophobic agents. Strains carrying the absA mutation also displayed enhanced uptake of a hydrophobic fluorescent probe, 1-N-phenylnaphthylamine, and were found, by SDS-PAGE, to be altered in the pattern of lipopolysaccharide O-antigen distribution. The other mutation (absB), associated with increased susceptibility to beta-lactams and gentamicin but not to hydrophobic agents, was cotransducible with met-28 and proC at 20 min on the chromosome. The absB mutation caused a structurally undefined alteration in the physical interaction of EDTA and gentamicin with the outer membrane.

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