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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2000 Apr 15;185(2):243-6.

Exopolysaccharide production by mucoid and non-mucoid strains of Burkholderia cepacia.

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Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale du CNRS, UPR 9062, 205 route de Narbonne, F-31077, Toulouse, France.


Thirteen strains of Burkholderia cepacia from various origins with mucoid and non-mucoid phenotypes were assayed for exopolysaccharide (EPS) production. The EPS were characterized by glycosyl composition analysis and examination of the products resulting from lithium-ethylenediamine and Smith degradations. The results showed that all strains, including the non-mucoid strains, were able to produce EPS exhibiting the same structural features, i.e. presence of one rhamnosyl, three galactosyl, one mannosyl, one glucosyl and one glucuronosyl residues, suggesting that this EPS is representative of the B. cepacia species.

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