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Regulation of virulence and antimicrobial peptide resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Gooderham, William James


Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a ubiquitous environmental Gram-negative bacterium that is also a major opportunistic human pathogen in nosocomial infections and cystic fibrosis chronic lung infections. These P. aeruginosa infections can be extremely difficult to treat due to the high intrinsic antibiotic resistance and broad repertoire of virulence factors, both of which are highly regulated. It was demonstrated here that the psrA gene, encoding a transcriptional regulator, was up-regulated in response to sub-inhibitory concentrations of antimicrobial peptides. Compared to wild-type and the complemented mutant, a P. aeruginosa PAO1 psrA

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