High throughput method for analysis of repeat number for 28 phase variable loci of C. jejuni strain NCTC11168

Lango-Scholey, Lea and Aidley, Jack and Woodacre, Alex and Tretyakov, Michael and Jones, Michael A. and Bayliss, Christopher D. (2016) High throughput method for analysis of repeat number for 28 phase variable loci of C. jejuni strain NCTC11168. PLoS ONE, 11 (7). e0159634/1-e0159634/15. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Mutations in simple sequence repeat tracts are a major mechanism of phase variation in several bacterial species including Campylobacter jejuni. Changes in repeat number of tracts located within the reading frame can produce a high frequency of reversible switches in gene expression between ON and OFF states. The genome of C. jejuni strain NCTC11168 contains 29 loci with polyG/polyC tracts of seven or more repeats. This protocol outlines a method for rapidly determining ON/OFF states of these 28 phase-variable loci in a large number of individual colonies. The method combines a series of multiplex PCR assays with a GeneScan assay and automated extraction of tract length, repeat number and expression state. This high throughput, multiplex assay has utility for detecting shifts in phase variation states within and between populations over time and for exploring the effects of phase variation on adaptation to differing selective pressures. An important output of this assay is combinatorial expression states that cannot be determined by other methods. This method can be adapted to analysis of phase variation in other C. jejuni strains and in a diverse range of bacterial species.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Lango-Scholey L, Aidley J, Woodacre A, Jones MA, Bayliss CD (2016) High Throughput Method for Analysis of Repeat Number for 28 Phase Variable Loci of Campylobacter jejuni Strain NCTC11168. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159634. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159634
Keywords: Campylobacter, Phase variation, Colonisation, Genetics, Chickens
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Identification Number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159634
Depositing User: Jones, Michael
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 11:09
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 08:44
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41762

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