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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2008 Feb;11(1):60-5. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2008.01.004. Epub 2008 Mar 4.

Mammary pathogenic Escherichia coli.

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The Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.


Pathogenic Escherichia coli can be classified into several pathotypes, and it is believed that each pathotype carries one or more specific gene repertoire (or virulence factors combination) that distinguishes them from non-pathogenic E. coli strains and from other pathotypes. In contrast to this notion, it was proposed that this is not the case for E. coli mastitis, a common disease in farm animals and that any given E. coli isolate can cause this disease, even strains that are considered non-pathogenic. In this review we will re-examine this latter concept and recent advances in the study E. coli mastitis.

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