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4th Edition of Euro-Global Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering

September 19-21 | Hybrid Event

September 19-21, 2024 | Rome, Italy
ECBB 2023

Maysaa Abdul Razzaq Dhahi

Maysaa Abdul Razzaq Dhahi, Speaker at Bioengineering Conference
Al Nahrain University, Iraq
Title: Sequencing analysis of pyelonephritis-associated pili Gene of uro-pathogenic escherichia coli isolated from iraqi patients from Baghdad


Pyelonephritis-associated pili (Pap) fimbria considered as the main adhesive virulence factor that enable Escherichia coli(E. coli) to colonize in the urinary tract and resist the avoiding by the flow of urine. DNA adenine methyl-transferase gene (Dam) have a role in regulation of pap E expression and in bacterial DNA repair system and it could be targeted by antibiotics. Sixty Four isolates of E. coli from urine specimens were obtained from hospitalized and outpatients suffering from signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI). These isolates were identified molecularly as uropathic E. coli (UPEC) by detection of pap E using conventional PCR. Partial sequencing of pap E was done to study variation among isolates according this gene and its role in susceptibility to antibiotic. Also, Dam was detected using conventional PCR. Detection of papE in E. coli strains revealed that 26/64(42.6%) were considered as UPEC. Analysis of nucleotide sequence changes from partial sequencing tree of pap E showed that there were three clads and UPEC included in clade B displayed the most nucleotide sequence changes. Dam was detected in 11/64 (17.1%) E. coli isolates. The study of multi-drug resistance(MDR) risk in association with the presence of pap E and Dam in UPEC revealed that Dam could be considered as etiological factored to developing MDR. In conclusion, Dam should be taken in consideration as one mechanism of MDR development in UPEC.

Audience Take Away Notes : 

  • It is not long enough to Identification only the presence of bacteria in human specimens to consider it as pathogens, especially these bacteria which could be act as human microbiota and pathogens but it needs for identify the main virulence factor(s) that enable the bacteria to cause disease
  • Identification of main colonization factors of bacteria isolated from specific human tissue sit reflect the degree of bacterial pathogenicity.
  • Searching for new antibiotics targets such as bacterial DNA methylation patterns will improve in solving antibiotic resistance, especially in bacterial with high tendency to antibiotic resistance.


Maysaa studied Biotechnology at Baghdad University, College of Sciences, Biotechnology Department and graduated as MS.c. in 2001. She worked as researcher in Biotechnology Institute, Al-Nahrain University (2001-2007). She studied Medical Microbiology at Al-Nahrain University, College of Medicine, and received her Ph.D. degree in 2009. She accepted as Fulbright Scholar at 2014 in University of Central Oklahoma, USA. She worked as staff-member in Medical Microbiology Department, Al-Nahrain University, College of Medicine(2007- till now) teaching Bio-Medical molecular biology to under and postgraduates. She has published more than 34 research articles.