MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Bert Lampson, Eric Mustain
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative bacillus, commonly infects immunocompromised individuals and uses a variety of virulence factors to persist in these hosts. The posttranscriptional regulator, RsmA, plays a role in the expression of many virulence factors in P. aeruginosa. RsmA up regulates virulence factors used in colonizing hosts. However, regulation of rsmA is not well elucidated. Transposon mutagenesis was performed on P. aeruginosa containing a transcriptional rsmA-lacZ fusion to answer this question. Mutants were screened via β-galactosidase assay and transposon insertions identified via arbitrary PCR. A probable MFS transporter, we named mtpX, was one significant transposon mutant identified. A ΔmtpX mutant containing the rsmA-lacZ transcriptional fusion was constructed to confirm our results. Further analysis of rsmA, looking at RNA and protein levels, revealed varying results in nonmucoid versus mucoid backgrounds. Phenotypic assays were performed to characterize this unknown transporter and develop a putative mechanism as to how MtpX affects rsmA expression.
Thesis - unrestricted
Stacey, Sean D., "Regulating rsmA Expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1232. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1232
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