Derivation of extracellular polysaccharide-deficient variants from a serotype A strain of Pasteurella multocida

Franklin Champlin, Charles E. Patterson, Frank W. Austin, Phillip E. Ryals

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Abstract

The production of serotype A extracellular polysaccharide is thought to be associated with expression of an approximately 40-kDa lipoprotein (Plp- 40) present on the outer surface of Pasteurella multocida strains of avian origin. The tendency of certain strains to undergo colonial dissociation concomitantly with serial passaging on laboratory growth media was exploited to derive two variant strains exhibiting the capsule-deficient phenotype from a heavily capsulated parental strain. Assessments of colonial consistency, iridescence, gentian violet binding, and hyaluronidase sensitivity were consistent with cellular observations indicating little or no capsulation of derivative strains. Fluorographic analysis of electrophoretically resolved cellular lipoproteins labeled with [3H]-palmitate revealed capsular loss occurred with a concomitant diminution of Plp-40 production in the variant strains. In contrast, a phenotypically stable strain that did no undergo colonial dissociation under identical conditions exhibited no decrease in Plp-40 content. This work provides a model system for investigating the role of extracellular polysaccharide in the cell surface physiology and pathogenicity of P. multocida. The present results strongly support the notion that Plp-40 is associated with serotype A capsular material and suggest coordinate regulation of their biosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-272
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Microbiology
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 May 1999

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Pasteurella multocida
Lipoproteins
Polysaccharides
Gentian Violet
Cell Physiological Phenomena
Hyaluronoglucosaminidase
Palmitates
Capsules
Virulence
Phenotype
Growth
Serogroup
Iridescence

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Champlin, Franklin ; Patterson, Charles E. ; Austin, Frank W. ; Ryals, Phillip E. / Derivation of extracellular polysaccharide-deficient variants from a serotype A strain of Pasteurella multocida. In: Current Microbiology. 1999 ; Vol. 38, No. 5. pp. 268-272.
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Derivation of extracellular polysaccharide-deficient variants from a serotype A strain of Pasteurella multocida. / Champlin, Franklin; Patterson, Charles E.; Austin, Frank W.; Ryals, Phillip E.

In: Current Microbiology, Vol. 38, No. 5, 10.05.1999, p. 268-272.

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