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Plasmids in group JK coryneform bacteria isolated in a single hospital

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 October 2009

S. M. Kerry-Williams
Affiliation:
Department of Bacteriology, Institute of Dermatology, Homerton Grove, London E9 6BX
W. C. Noble
Affiliation:
Department of Bacteriology, Institute of Dermatology, Homerton Grove, London E9 6BX
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Investigation of 39 JK-type coryneform isolates from patients at a single hospital revealed that 23 possessed plasmids, which formed six groups on restriction endonuclease analysis. Four of the groups were associated with production of similar bacteriocin-like substances, and shared a minimum of 6·4 kilobase pairs of DNA. These plasmids, found in isolates from different patients, provide strong direct evidence that person-to-person transmission of JK bacteria had occurred within the hospital.

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