Journal article

Nonencapsulated Haemophilus influenzae in aboriginal infants with otitis media: Prolonged carriage of P2 porin variants and evidence for horizontal P2 gene transfer

HC SmithVaughan, IS Sriprakash, JD Mathews, DJ Kemp

Infection and Immunity | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1997

Abstract

Aboriginal infants in the Northern Territory of Australia experience recurrent otitis media from an early age. Nonencapsulated Haemophilus influenzae (NCHi) colonization of the nasopharynx initially occurs within weeks of birth, persists throughout infancy and most of childhood, and contributes to otitis media. We established previously that the high carriage rates of NCHi in these infants result from concurrent and successive colonization with multiple strains, with sequential elimination of dominant strains. We have now sequenced loops 4, 5, and 6 of the NCHi P2 porin gene and characterized several strains with prolonged carriage times. Furthermore, despite a wide diversity of P2 gene sequ..

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