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Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2019 Feb 6;53(2):153-158. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.0253-9624.2019.02.006.

[Molecular characteristics of serogroup B neisseria meningitidis, China].

[Article in Chinese; Abstract available in Chinese from the publisher]

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State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206, China.


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Objective: To investigate the molecular characteristics of serogroup B neisseria meningitidis in China. Methods: Total of 485 (100 strains isolated from cerebrospinal fluid or blood samples of encephalomyelitis cases, and 385 strains isolated from nasopharynx of healthy carriers) Meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) strains, isolated from 29 provinces of China between 1968 and 2016, were analyzed by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and PorA typing methods. Further, the genetic diversity of three MenB vaccine proteins, FHbp, NadA and NHBA, were analyzed. Results: The 485 study strains belonged to 270 sequence types (STs), 107 of which (representing 211 strains) could be grouped into ten clonal complexes (CC). CC4821 has been the predominant lineage in China since 2005 (28.7%, n=139). The most common PorA types of MenB strains from invasive meningococcal cases were P1.5-2,2-2 (10.0%, n=10), P1.5-1,2-2 (9.0%, n=9) and P1.5-1,10-4 (9.0%, n=9). Four hundred and twenty one strains had intact fhbp gene; variant 1, 2 and 3 accounted for 12.8% (54 strains), 85.0% (358 strains) and 2.2% (9 strains) respevtively. Ten out of 432 strains (2.3%) contained complete nadA gene. All the 172 strains for which the nhba gene was sequenced had intact gene sequence which corresponded to 68 peptide types. Conclusion: CC4821 was the predominant CC of MenB strains in China; the vaccine proteins were diverse about the sequences. The vaccine proteins should be carefully selected when developing MenB vaccines in China.


Molecular characteristic; Neisseria meningitidis, Serogroup B; Vaccine antigen

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