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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1993 Jan 1;106(1):23-9.

Environmental strains of Enterococcus faecium with inducible high-level resistance to glycopeptides.

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Robert Koch-Institute of the Federal Office of Health, Wernigerode, FRG.

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  • FEMS Microbiol Lett 1993 Mar 1;107(2-3):349.


High-level resistance to glycopeptides in Enterococcus faecium is associated with an inducible 39-kDa cytoplasmic membrane protein. The present paper shows that such glycopeptide-resistant E. faecium strains can not only be isolated in a definite clinical setting but also from waste water of sewage treatment plants. Nearer characterization of these and of clinical isolates by resistance pattern, biotyping, and genotyping (DNA-fingerprinting with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis) has shown that different glycopeptide-resistant E. faecium strains have been isolated from clinical sources and from waste water.

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