The influence of a modified lipopolysaccharide O-antigen on the biosynthesis of xanthan in Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris B100

  • Tim Steffens, Frank-Jörg Vorhölter, Marco Giampà, Gerd Hublik, Alfred Pühler, Karsten Niehaus
  • BMC Microbiology, May 2016, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1186/s12866-016-0710-y

Linkage in the biosynthesis of lipopolysaccharide and exopolysaccharide of Xanthomonas campestris

What is it about?

Inactivation of Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris lipopolysaccharide biosynthetic genes indicates a linkage between the cellular processes involved in lipopolysaccharide and exopolysaccharide biosynthesis

Why is it important?

Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the exopolysaccharide xanthan are important virulence factors of xanthomonads, plant pathogenic bacteria that worldwide menace agricultural crops. At the same time, xanthan is a commercially important thickening agent. Better understanding LPS and xanthan biosynthesis contributes to pest management and to enhanced biotechnological xanthan production.

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