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Dam and its role in pathogenicity of Salmonella enterica.

Centro de Estudios Farmacológicos y Botánicos CEFyBO-CONICET, Departamento de Microbiología, Parasitología e Inmunología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries (Impact Factor: 1). 01/2009; 3(7):484-90. DOI: 10.3855/jidc.465
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ABSTRACT Dam methylation is an essential factor involved in the virulence of an increasing number of bacterial pathogens including Salmonella enterica. Lack of Dam methylation causes severe attenuation in animal models. It has been proposed that dysregulation of Dam activity is potentially a general strategy for the generation of vaccines against bacterial pathogens. In this review, we focus our attention on the role of methylation by Dam protein in regulating bacterial gene expression and virulence in Salmonella enterica.

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