Genetic Complexity of Fusidic Acid-Resistant Small Colony Variants (SCV) in Staphylococcus aureus
2011 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 6, no 11, e28366- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
FusE mutants are fusidic acid-resistant small colony variants (SCVs) of Staphylococcus aureus that can be selected with aminoglycosides. All FusE SCVs have mutations in rplF, encoding ribosomal protein L6. However, individual FusE mutants including some with the same mutation in rplF display auxotrophy for either hemin or menadione, suggesting that additional mutations are involved. Here we show that FusE SCVs can be divided into three genetic sub-groups and that some carry an additional mutation, in one of the genes required for hemin biosynthesis, or in one of the genes required for menadione biosynthesis. Reversion analysis and genome sequencing support the hypothesis that these combinations of mutations in the rplF, hem, and/or men genes can account for the SCV and auxotrophic phenotypes of FusE mutants.
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2011. Vol. 6, no 11, e28366- p.
Microbiology in the medical area
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162905DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028366ISI: 000298166300050PubMedID: 22140579OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162905DiVA: diva2:461979