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J Infect Dis. 1995 Nov;172(5):1388-92.

Multiple Haemophilus influenzae strains and strain variants coexist in the respiratory tract of patients with cystic fibrosis.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Abstract

To investigate the epidemiology of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, H. influenzae isolates from sputum specimens of 40 CF patients were analyzed longitudinally for 2 years. The isolates were characterized by analysis of the major outer membrane protein (MOMP) patterns. MOMP variant H. influenzae strains were discriminated from distinct strains by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA analysis of genomic DNA. Multiple H. influenzae strains and MOMP variant strains were isolated from single sputum specimens of 29 patients. In 22 patients, a distinct H. influenzae strain persisted over time (median persistence, 8 months; range 2-24). In general, the appearance of MOMP variant strains did not coincide with the occurrence of exacerbations.

PMID:
7594685
DOI:
10.1093/infdis/172.5.1388
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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