Poster Title (Current Submission)

Creating a pZC320 derivative plasmid that carries fimA-lacZY and fimZY

Major(s)

Microbiology

Minor(s)

Chemistry

Mentor Name

Dr. Bradley D. Jones

Mentor Department

Microbiology

Abstract

Salmonella infections are contracted by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Salmonella can also cause devastation within agriculture, destroying millions of dollars worth of American produce each year. An alarming occurrence of Salmonella infections takes place in the intestines of poultry, which can then be passed on to humans, causing mild to life-threatening food poisoning. Salmonella utilizes specific genes to regulate its attachment to the intestines of these birds. Based upon this information, we are working on a project create a derivative plasmid containing these particular genes. Eventually we hope to use peptides to reduce or hinder the carriage of Salmonella in chickens so that cases of human salmonellosis resulting from poultry consumption will be significantly reduced.

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Creating a pZC320 derivative plasmid that carries fimA-lacZY and fimZY

Salmonella infections are contracted by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Salmonella can also cause devastation within agriculture, destroying millions of dollars worth of American produce each year. An alarming occurrence of Salmonella infections takes place in the intestines of poultry, which can then be passed on to humans, causing mild to life-threatening food poisoning. Salmonella utilizes specific genes to regulate its attachment to the intestines of these birds. Based upon this information, we are working on a project create a derivative plasmid containing these particular genes. Eventually we hope to use peptides to reduce or hinder the carriage of Salmonella in chickens so that cases of human salmonellosis resulting from poultry consumption will be significantly reduced.