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Am J Vet Res. 1996 Oct;57(10):1458-62.

Genomic DNA fingerprinting, using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, of Staphylococcus intermedius isolated from dogs.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kobe University, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate the degree of polymorphism in the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns of Staphylococcus intermedius and to assess the value of this typing method for discriminating strains.

SAMPLE POPULATION:

52 S intermedius isolates from diseased and healthy dogs.

PROCEDURE:

Chromosomal DNA of S intermedius was digested with restriction endonuclease Sma I, and the fragments were separated by PFGE in a 1% agarose gel.

RESULTS:

Sma I cut the chromosomal DNA into 15 to 23 fragments ranging from about < 1 to 679 kb, and most of the detectable fragments were < 155 kb. Nine fragments, 115, 48, 33, 26, 16, 13, 10, 4, and < 1 kb, were shared by all or almost all (> 71%) of the strains examined. Of the 52 strains, each had a different pattern. S intermedius had a high degree of restriction fragment length polymorphism. The PFGE patterns obtained for S intermedius were stable and reproducible when the strains were tested in the different experiments.

CONCLUSIONS:

Genomic DNA fingerprinting by PFGE is an effective technique for discriminating S intermedius strains. The PFGE method appears to be a useful molecular marker for epidemiologic or ecologic studies of S intermedius.

PMID:
8896684
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