In vitro PSMα3 and Hla expression of mutant S. aureus isolates. JKD6159 compared with JKD6159_AraCr. TPS3105 compared with TPS3105r. (A) PSMα3 expression measured by HPLC. JKD6159_AraCr expressed more PSMα3 than JKD6159 (p = 0.0325). TPS3105r expressed more PSMα3 than TPS3105 (p < 0.0001). Data shown are mean concentration (μg/ml), presented as vertical stacked bars and SEM. Deformylated PSMα3 is shown in grey bars. N-formylated PSMα3 is shown in white bars. (B) Hla expression measured by quantitative Western blot. There was a small but statistically significant increase in Hla production by JKD6159_AraCr (p = 0.0473). TPS3105r expressed more Hla than TPS3105 (p = 0.0019) Data shown are mean intensity of bands in arbitrary units and SEM. Note, *p < 0.05, compared to JKD6159. Note also, ###p < 0.001 and ##p < 0.01, compared to TPS3105.
Chua et al. BMC Microbiology 2014 14:31 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-14-31