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Microbiol Immunol. 1999;43(8):803-6.

Evaluation of AFLP, a high-resolution DNA fingerprinting method, as a tool for molecular subtyping of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 isolates.

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Department of Bacteriology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan.


The amplified fragment-length polymorphism (AFLPTM) technique is based on the selective PCR amplification of restriction fragments. We investigated the utility of AFLP in the molecular subtyping of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 isolates. We analyzed a total of 46 isolates of E. coli O157:H7 along with other serotypes, O26:H11, 0114:H19 and 0119:NT. Isolates of E. coli O157:H7 derived from the same outbreak showed an identical AFLP-banding pattern and were subtyped into the same group, giving results almost consistent with those of a pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) study, while other serotypes showed clearly different patterns from those of E. coli O157:H7. These results suggest that the AFLP technique has potential as an alternative tool for the molecular epidemiology of E. coli O157:H7.

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