Genetic manipulation of acinetobacter baumannii

Jacobs A. C., Thompson M. G., Gebhardt M., Corey B. W., Yildirim S., Shuman H. A., ...More

Current Protocols in Microbiology, vol.2014, 2014 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2014
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/9780471729259.mc06g02s35
  • Journal Name: Current Protocols in Microbiology
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Keywords: Acinetobacter baumannii, Conjugation, Electroporation, Mutagenesis, Plasmid, Transformation
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Acinetobacter baumannii is a Gram-negative nosocomial pathogen of clinical importance. A lack of genetic tools has hindered the research of this organism in the past; however, recently, various methods have been designed, modified, and optimized to facilitate the genetic manipulation of A. baumannii. This unit describes some of the recent genetic advances and new recombinant tools developed for this pathogen, including standard transformation and conjugation techniques specifically developed for the bacteria. As the need to understand the basic biology of A. baumannii increases with the prospect of developing new therapeutics, the use of the basic genetic methods herein can provide the critical first step to identify genes required for infection.