Stable expression of Escherichia coli beta-glucuronidase A (GusA) in Giardia lamblia: application to high-throughput drug susceptibility testing

Müller, Joachim; Nillius, Dorothea; Hehl, A.; Hemphill, Andrew; Müller, Norbert (2009). Stable expression of Escherichia coli beta-glucuronidase A (GusA) in Giardia lamblia: application to high-throughput drug susceptibility testing. Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 64(6), pp. 1187-1191. Oxford: Oxford University Press 10.1093/jac/dkp363

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OBJECTIVES: In order to create a suitable model for high-throughput drug screening, a Giardia lamblia WB C6 strain expressing Escherichia coli glucuronidase A (GusA) was created and tested with respect to susceptibility to the anti-giardial drugs nitazoxanide and metronidazole. METHODS: GusA, a well-established reporter gene in other systems, was cloned into the vector pPacVInteg allowing stable expression in G. lamblia under control of the promoter from the glutamate dehydrogenase (gdh) gene. The resulting transgenic strain was compared with the wild-type strain in a vitality assay, characterized with respect to susceptibility to nitazoxanide, metronidazole and -- as assessed in a 96-well plate format -- to a panel of 15 other compounds to be tested for anti-giardial activity. RESULTS: GusA was stably expressed in G. lamblia. Using a simple glucuronidase assay protocol, drug efficacy tests yielded results similar to those from cell counting. CONCLUSIONS: G. lamblia WB C6 GusA is a suitable tool for high-throughput anti-giardial drug screening.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Joachim; Nillius, Dorothea; Hemphill, Andrew and Müller, Norbert

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0305-7453

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:25

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 20:53

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/jac/dkp363

Web of Science ID:

000271816800011

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.38343

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38343 (FactScience: 221178)

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