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Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Bridget E Eklund conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Tricia Gilson performed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Osama Mahdi performed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Jason F Huntley conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Joseph Horzempa conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Nathan A Fisher conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Ethics

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All work described in this manuscript was approved by the appropriate institutional review board prior to completion.

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Funding

B.E.E. and O.M. were partially supported by NIH Grant Number 5P30 GM103332 from the National Institute of General Medicine (NIGMS) and the North Dakota State University Agricultural Research Station (NDSU ARS). Generation of the iglC mutant was funded in part by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (P20GM103434) and a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (5K22AI087703). Generation of the dsbA and dipA mutants was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease of the National Institutes of Health grants K22AI083372 and R01AI093351 to J.F.H. The contents of this manuscript are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or the NDSU ARS. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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