f Restriction pattern of the major outer-membrane protein gene provides evidence for a homogeneous invasive group among ruminant isolates of Chlamydia psittaci
- Authors: Erick Denamur, Chalom Sayada, Armel Souriau, Jeanne Orfila, Annie Rodolakis, Jacques Elion
- Microbiology, November 1991 137: 2525-2530, doi: 10.1099/00221287-137-11-2525
- Subject: Pathogenicity And Medical Microbiology
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Summary: Thirty-six ruminant isolates of Chlamydia psittaci, previously classified as invasive or non-invasive in a mouse model of virulence, were compared by analysing AluI restriction patterns of the major outer-membrane protein (MOMP) gene after DNA amplification by the polymerase chain reaction. The 24 invasive isolates, although from various origins, all belonged to serotype 1 and represented a strictly homogeneous group sharing a specific MOMP-gene restriction pattern that was not observed in the non-invasive strains. On the other hand, the 12 non-invasive strains, although all belonging to serotype 2, constituted a heterogeneous group with eight distinct MOMP-gene restriction patterns. However, all eight patterns shared a 180 bp fragment or the corresponding restricted fragments of 110 and 70 bp. MOMP-gene restriction patterns also clearly distinguished the ruminant strains from an avian C. psittaci isolate, a C. pneumoniae isolate and two C. trachomatis isolates which were studied for comparison. The homogeneous character of the invasive C. psittaci strains argues strongly for their genetic relatedness. Our results illustrate the usefulness of the MOMP-gene restriction mapping in typing chlamydiae.
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