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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2000 Mar 1;184(1):85-9.

Characterisation of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases of the SHV family using a combination of PCR-single strand conformational polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP).

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Department of Microbiology, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.


Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) has been developed to extend the identification of SHV beta-lactamases previously characterised by PCR-single strand conformational polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) analysis alone. Eight bacteria, each producing a different SHV beta-lactamase, were used in this study. These bacteria harbour bla(SHV-1), bla(SHV-2a), bla(SHV-3), bla(SHV-4), bla(SHV-5) (two strains), bla(SHV-11) and bla(SHV-12). All isolates were characterised by PCR-SSCP and PCR-RFLP with DdeI and NheI digestion. By a combination of these techniques, the genes encoding these beta-lactamases could be differentiated from each other. In addition, the PCR-RFLP technique theoretically can be applied to distinguish the genes encoding SHV-7, SHV-9, SHV-10, SHV-15, SHV-17 and SHV-24 from those encoding other SHV variants. We report a simple PCR-RFLP technique that can be used in epidemiological studies to enable the rapid characterisation of known SHV beta-lactamases in a combination with the previously published PCR-SSCP analysis.

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