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Mol Oral Microbiol. 2010 Jun;25(3):207-14. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-1014.2010.00567.x.

Occurrence of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans serotypes in subgingival plaque from United States subjects.

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Division of Periodontology, Diagnostic Sciences & Dental Hygiene, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA.


This study examined the distribution pattern of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans serotypes in the subgingival plaque of subjects residing in the United States. A. actinomycetemcomitans was identified in 256 subgingival plaque samples from 161 subjects. For 190 of the 256 samples, the total cultivable bacteria and selected periodontal pathogenic species were determined. A. actinomycetemcomitans isolates were confirmed by a16S rDNA-based PCR analysis, genotyped by arbitrarily-primed PCR, and serotyped by PCR analysis of serotype-specific gene clusters. A total of 82 distinct A. actinomycetemcomitans strains were identified. The serotype distribution pattern of the strains was 21 (25.6%) serotype a, 12 (14.6%) b, 41 (50%) c, 6 (7.3%) e, 1 (1.2%) f, and 1 (1.2%) non-typeable. For 14 subjects where multiple colonies of A. actinomycetemcomitans were identified, 11 subjects (78.6%) were each infected by a single serotype, while the remaining three subjects (21.3%) were each infected by two serotypes of A. actinomycetemcomitans. There was an inverse relationship between the level of cultivable A. actinomycetemcomitans and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Within subgingival plaque of study cohort A. actinomycetemcomitans serotype c was the dominant serotype and comprised 50% of all strains, followed by (in order of detection frequency) serotypes a and b. Serotypes d, e, and f strains were either not detected or less frequently found. Serotype distribution patterns of subgingival A. actinomycetemcomitans may vary among subjects of different race orethnicity.

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