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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1998 Nov 1;168(1):145-51.

Detection of the satA gene and transferability of virginiamycin resistance in Enterococcus faecium from food-animals.

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Danish Veterinary Laboratory, Copenhagen V. Denmark.


The satA gene encoding streptogramin A resistance was detected in virginiamycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium isolates from pigs and broilers. The satA gene was present in 22 of 89 (25%) virginiamycin-resistant E. faecium isolates. It was shown that the satA gene and other gene(s) encoding streptogramin resistance could be transferred between isogenic E. faecium strains at frequencies ranging from 2.3 x 10(-4) to 2.2 x 10(-3) transconjugants per donor.

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