Genetic analysis of a set of six Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains differing in virulence for the guinea pig revealed an altered restriction enzyme fragmentation pattern associated with the superoxide dismutase (SOD) gene in a low-virulence, isoniazid-resistant strain. In addition, it was found that the SOD enzyme produced by the isoniazid-resistant strain differed in its electrophoretic mobility from the SOD of other M. tuberculosis strains. Detailed analysis of these strain-specific differences showed that the restriction fragment length polymorphism resulted from the presence of a copy of a repetitive element 552 bp upstream of the SOD gene and that the anomalous electrophoretic mobility arose from a single nucleotide change, resulting in replacement of an aspartic acid residue by histidine in the SOD enzyme of the isoniazid-resistant strain. Possible relationships between genetic changes and strain-dependent differences in virulence are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Infection and immunity|
|State||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases