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J Hyg (Lond). 1984 Aug;93(1):59-66.

Interspecific co-transfer of antibiotic resistance plasmids in staphylococci in vivo.

Abstract

The co-transfer of plasmid-borne genes governing resistance to gentamicin, tetracycline, erythromycin and chloramphenicol has been demonstrated on human and mouse skin. Two different gentamicin resistance plasmids have been studied in detail; both appear to have the ability to mobilize in vivo otherwise non-transferable resistance plasmids from coagulase-negative to coagulase-positive staphylococci. This emphasis the role of the skin in maintaining a pool of resistance genes available to pathogenic staphylococci.

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6747287
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PMC2129276
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