To investigate the pathogenicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in insects, a gacA mutant of P. aeruginosa PA01 was constructed by site-directed mutagenesis. The mutant was designated as C1. C1 was less virulent to Bombyx mori than the parent strain. To complement the gacA gene, P. aeruginosa C1 was transformed with the broad host range plasmid pJB3Km1 carrying a 3.9-kbp gacA fragment. The expression of the gacA mRNA in C1 (pgacA) was detected. In addition, the complemented mutant restored the level and timing of pyocyanin production, indicating that functional GacA is produced in the complemented strain. However, no significant difference was observed between C1 and C1 (pgacA) with respect to the killing of B. mori larvae.
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- Molecular Biology