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Phenotypes and genotypes of erythromycin-resistant pneumococci in Italy



Phenotypes and genotypes of erythromycin-resistant pneumococci in Italy



Journal of Clinical Microbiology 41(1): 428-431



Of 120 erythromycin-resistant pneumococci isolated in Italian hospitals, 39 (32.5%) were M-type isolates, carrying the mef gene alone. The mef gene was also detected, together with erm(AM), in one constitutively resistant isolate and in five isolates of the partially inducible phenotype. Among the 45 mef-positive isolates, 25 (55.6%) carried mef(A) and 20 (44.4%) carried mef(E) as observed from PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of a 1,743-bp amplicon. The same result was obtained by a similar method applied to a more common 348-bp amplicon.

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PMID: 12517885

DOI: 10.1128/jcm.41.1.428-431.2003


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