Animal and environmental reservoirs of antibiotic resistant Enterococcus faecalis carrying pheromone-responsive plasmids

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Pheromone-responsive plasmids are unique to enterococci.These plasmids are characterized by a clumping reaction. Clumping occurs when the plasmid-containing donor cell produces aggregation substance, in response to small peptide pheromones produced by the plasmid-free recipient cell.The environment is increasingly being recognized as a major reservoir of pathogens, virulence genes and antibiotic resistance. Here we describe the characterization of pheromone-responsive plasmids and their host strains from animals and the environment.
Such studies has previously been limited almost exclusively to clinical strains
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2009
EventEuropean Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease: Conference on Enterococci: from Animals to Man - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 18 Nov 200920 Nov 2009


ConferenceEuropean Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease


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