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Plasmids and Aeromonas virulence


Brown, RL and Sanderson, K and Kirov, SM, Plasmids and Aeromonas virulence, FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology, 17, (4) pp. 217-223. ISSN 0928-8244 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0928-8244(97)00009-6


Most putative virulence determinants of Aeromonas species are chromosomally encoded. However, several recent reports have indicated that some may be carried on or regulated by plasmids. Therefore, we examined the plasmid carriage rate of a total of 140 clinical and environmental Aeromonas isolates. Plasmid carriage was compared with the ability of an isolate to produce toxins and adhere to HEp-2 cells. Overall, plasmid incidence in Aeromonas species was low (23/140, 16%) and independent of the source of the isolate. Plasmids were, however, more common in environmental isolates of A. veronii biovar sobria than in clinical isolates of this species (P < 0.05). We could find no evidence to support the recent literature findings that plasmids may have a role in Aeromonas virulence.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical bacteriology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brown, RL (Miss Rebecca Louise Brown)
UTAS Author:Sanderson, K (Dr Kevin Sanderson)
UTAS Author:Kirov, SM (Associate Professor Sylvia Kirov)
ID Code:10232
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Pathology
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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