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Typing of Yersinia frederiksenii strains isolated from various sources by molecular methods

Grant number: 09/10084-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2009
Effective date (End): October 31, 2010
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Microbiology - Biology and Physiology of Microorganisms
Principal researcher:Juliana Pfrimer Falcão
Grantee:Priscilla Fernanda Martins Imori
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


The genus Yersinia belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae and comprises 12 species: Y. enterocolitica, Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. pestis are pathogenic to humans and animals. Y. aldovae, Y. bercovieri, Y. frederiksenii, Y. intermedia, Y. kristensenii, Y. aleksiciae, Y. mollaretti and Y. rhodei have been usually found in the environment and in food and are considered non-pathogenic. Y. ruckeri is an important fish pathogen. Specifically, Y. frederiksenii have not been extensevely studied mainly due the fact that it is not considered to be pathogenic, since this species doesn't have the classical virulence markers. However, some data suggest that this species can cause disease. The isolation and study of Yersinia spp. have not been frequent in Brazil, so there are few epidemiological data of this bacterium in the country. Genotypic studies have been used for identification, characterization, epidemiology and taxonomy of bacteria, including Yersinia spp. and have been replacing the traditional phenotypic typing tests. Many genotypic methods have good or excellent discriminatory power, such as the technique of Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), which was proposed to be the "gold standard" for typing yersiniae and has been provided consistant data for epidemiological studies. The aims of this project are to type 53 representative strains of Y. frederiksenii isolated from different sources in Brazil and Argentina by Enterobacterial Repetitive Intergenic Consensus (ERIC-PCR), PFGE and partial sequencing of the glnA gene. In this way, this study will contribute for a better characterization of this species regarding its diversity.

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SOUZA, ROBERTO A.; IMORI, PRISCILLA F. M.; FALCAO, JULIANA P. Multilocus sequence analysis and 16S rRNA gene sequencing reveal that Yersinia frederiksenii genospecies 2 is Yersinia massiliensis. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC AND EVOLUTIONARY MICROBIOLOGY, v. 63, n. 8, p. 3124-3129, AUG 2013. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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