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Differential Mucoid Exopolysaccharide Production by Members of the Burkholderia cepacia Complex▿

By James E. A. Zlosnik, Trevor J. Hird, Monica C. Fraenkel, Leonilde M. Moreira, Deborah A. Henry and David P. Speert


We demonstrate that all nine species of the Burkholderia cepacia complex can express the mucoid phenotype. A survey of clinical isolates showed that strains of B. cenocepacia, the most virulent species of the complex, are most frequently nonmucoid. Additionally, isolates from patients with chronic infections can convert from mucoid to nonmucoid

Topics: Bacteriology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
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