Molecular characterization of Escherichia coli strains that cause symptomatic and asymptomatic urinary tract infections

Sam Abraham, Toni A. Chapman, Ben Ren Zhang, James Chin, Amanda N. Mabbett, Makrina Totsika, Mark A. Schembri*

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Abstract

The differences between Escherichia coli strains associated with symptomatic and asymptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs) remain to be properly determined. Here we examined the prevalence of plasmid types and bacteriocins, as well as genetic relatedness, in a defined collection of E. coli strains that cause UTIs. Comparative analysis identified a subgroup of strains with a high number of virulence genes (VGs) and microcins M/H47. We also identified associations between microcin genes, VGs, and specific plasmid types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1030
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • VIRULENCE PROPERTIES
  • BACTERIURIA
  • AUSTRALIA
  • IDENTIFICATION
  • COMMENSALISM
  • UROPATHOGEN
  • PLASMIDS
  • ISLANDS
  • PCR

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