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Molecular typing of Pseudomonas pseudomallei: Restriction fragment length polymorphisms of rRNA genes

Lew, A.E. and Desmarchelier, P.M. (1993) Molecular typing of Pseudomonas pseudomallei: Restriction fragment length polymorphisms of rRNA genes. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 31 (3). pp. 533-539.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to develop a typing scheme for Pseudomonas pseudomallei by comparison of patterns of restriction fragment length polymorphisms in rRNA genes (ribotyping). BamHI restriction digests of 100 isolates from various animal (34), human (58), and environmental (6) sources, including six reference strains, were hybridized to Escherichia coli 16S and 23S rRNAs. A chemiluminescent labelling and detection system was used to visualize bands. On the basis of patterns, the strains were classified into 22 different groups, with the largest containing 29 isolates. While most of the ribotypes were not exclusive to a particular source, some ribotypes were restricted to a particular geographic area or to either a human or a particular animal species. Application of the typing scheme to isolates of four independent outbreaks among animals showed that certain ribotypes predominated. The study demonstrated ribotyping to be a useful tool in epidemiological investigations of melioidosis.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Copyright: © 1993 by the American Society for Microbiology
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/25327
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