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Zh Mikrobiol Epidemiol Immunobiol. 2004 Jul-Aug;(4):31-5.

[Variability of the clonal structure of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis population under different conditions].

[Article in Russian]

Abstract

In a series of experiments the dynamics of the clonal structure of Y. pseudotuberculosis population was evaluated by cytopathogenicity in soil extract, as well as in associations with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and infusoria, under different temperature conditions. In all variants of experiments made at low environmental temperature (10 degrees C) a considerable part of Y. pseudotuberculosis clones (25-40%) was found to be cytopathogenic, while at 22 degrees C such clones were absent or had low cytopathogenicity. At the same time experiments made under the same temperature conditions (10 degrees C) showed the variability of the clonal structure of the bacterial population in different associations and sterile soil extract, as well as at different periods of the experiments. At low temperatures Y. pseudotuberculosis virulent (cytopathogenic) clones, in contrast to avirulent ones, were characterized by the presence of virulence plasmid p45, as well as high urease and catalase activity. The results of the experiments are discussed from the viewpoint of the clonal concept of bacterial populations and their pathogenicity.

PMID:
15481916
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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