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Microbiology. 2010 Feb;156(Pt 2):555-60. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.034116-0. Epub 2009 Nov 26.

Identification of natural pneumococcal isolates expressing serotype 6D by genetic, biochemical and serological characterization.

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Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA.


The recently discovered pneumococcal serotype 6C was created when the original wciN gene in the 6A capsule gene locus was naturally replaced with a new gene. Since the capsule gene loci of 6A and 6B serotypes may differ by only one base pair in the wciP gene, it was speculated that a new serotype '6D' would be possible if the new wciN gene were inserted into the 6B capsule gene locus. Although pneumococci expressing serotype 6D could be produced in the laboratory, initial searches for natural pneumococcal isolates expressing serotype 6D were unsuccessful. However, we now report the discovery of two naturally occurring pneumococcal isolates from Korea that have the serological, genetic and biochemical features predicted for serotype 6D.

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