Role of flagella in virulence of the coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus

Dalit Meron, Rotem Efrony, Wesley R. Johnson, Amy L. Schaefer, Pamela J. Morris, Eugene Rosenberg, E. Peter Greenberg, Ehud Banin

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A recently available transposition system was utilized to isolate a nonmotile mutant of the coral-bleaching pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus. The mutation was localized to the fhlA gene, and the mutant lacked flagella. The flhA mutant was unable to exhibit chemotaxis toward coral mucus or to adhere to corals and subsequently cause infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5704-5707
Number of pages4
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology


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