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Molecular Epidemiology and Molecular Biology of Enteric Yersinia


Molecular Epidemiology and Molecular Biology of Enteric Yersinia: Prevalence of a 37.5 kb DNA Segment Contributing to Pathogenicity of Yersinia Strains

Tech Area / Field

  • BIO-MIB/Microbiology/Biotechnology
  • BIO-CGM/Cytology, Genetics and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia, Moscow


  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canada, AB, Lethbridge

Project summary

Yersinia virulence factors are encoded by the genes having chromosomal or plasmid location. The plasmid designated as pVM82 is a conjugative plasmid of the enteric Yersinia that contributes to pathogenicity. It is responsible for massive outbreaks of pseudotuberculosis in the Russian Far East. The aim of the present study is to compare the 37.5 kb fragments, and determine if the plasmid contains genes responsible for virulence, in clinical isolates. We are planning to use various combinations of standard techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology to solve this task.