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Metabolism and transport of complex metabolites of mycobacteria

Varela Ramirex, Cristian (2014)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

\(Mycobacterium\) \(tuberculosis\), the causative agent of the infectious disease Tuberculosis, is one of the most successful human pathogen. The disease remains a global health priority due to the spread of HIV and multidrug resistant strains. Therefore, there is a need to extend the understanding of the physiology and pathogenicity of \(M\). \(tuberculosis\) in order to develop new therapies, antimicrobial drugs and vaccines. \(Mycobacterium\) possesses a unique cell envelope responsible for the reduced susceptibility to antibiotics and pathogenicity due to the high lipid content. It is composed by the plasma membrane, an unusual lipid-rich cell wall and an outermost layer known as the capsule. Moreover, other complex metabolites play a role in \(M.\) \(tuberculosis\) virulence such as inorganic polyphosphate, a polymer involved in stringent response and long term survival. In this study, a transposon mutant library was generated in order to identify new genetic determinants related to cell envelope; furthermore, specific mutants strains were generated to investigate the role of MmpL factors in mycolic acids transport, to test the role of a group of ABC-transporters in capsule biosynthesis and also to assess the function of exopolyphosphatases in survival under stress and nutrient limitation condition.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Bhatt, Apoorva
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Biosciences
Subjects:QR Microbiology
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:5412
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