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Evidence for a human-specific Escherichia coli clone

Clermont, Olivier; Lescat, Mathilde; O'Brien, Claire; Gordon, David; Tenaillon, Olivier; Denamur, Erick


Escherichia coli is a widespread commensal of the vertebrate intestinal tract. Until recently, no strong association between a particular clone and a given host species has been found. However, members of the B2 subgroup VIII clone with an O81 serotype appear to be human host specific. To determine the degree of host specificity exhibited by this clone, a PCR-based assay was used to screen 723 faecal and clinical isolates from humans, and 904 faecal isolates from animals. This clone was not...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Environmental Microbiology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01520.x


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