Title

Phase-Variable Genotypes Sweetened by Glycosylation Phenotypes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2018

Abstract

© 2018 American Society for Microbiology. The affordability of bacterial genome sequencing has provided a helpful tool for sequencing large strain collections. Bente Børud (J. Bacteriol. 200:e00794-17, 2018, https://doi.org/doi:10.1128/JB.00794-17) recently led an effort to analyze the genomes of a collection of oropharyngeal Neisseria meningitidis isolates from 50 healthy individuals. Paired longitudinal isolates from each individual were sequenced. Genome analyses focused on (i) predicting the expression state of phase-variable loci that encode enzymes important for O-linked protein glycosylation and (ii) correlating specific genotypes with glycosylation phenotypes.

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