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

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

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

Topics: Microbiology, Microbiology, MICROBIOLOGY
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1128/JCM.06671-11
OAI identifier: oai:espace.library.uq.edu.au:UQ:270250

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