Journal article

Restriction fragment length polymorphisms of virulence plasmids in Rhodococcus equi

S Takai, M Shoda, Y Sasaki, S Tsubaki, G Fortier, S Pronost, K Rahal, T Becu, A Begg, G Browning, VM Nicholson, JF Prescott

Journal of Clinical Microbiology | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1999

Abstract

Virulent Rhodococcus equi, which is a well-known cause of pyogranulomatous pneumonia in foals, possesses a large plasmid encoding virulence-associated 15- to 17-kDa antigens. Foal and soil isolates from five countries-Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, and Japan-were investigated for the presence of 15- to 17-kDa antigens by colony blotting, using the monoclonal antibody 10G5, and the gene coding for 15- to 17-kDa antigens by PCR. Plasmid DNAs extracted from positive isolates were digested with restriction endonucleases BamHI, EcoRI, EcoT22I, and HindIII, and the digestion patterns that resulted divided the plasmids of virulent isolates into five closely related types. Three of the five t..

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