Molecular techniques in the study of Salmonella typhi in epidemiologic studies in endemic areas: Comparison with V(I) phage typing

K. O. Maher, J. G. Morris, E. Gotuzzo, C. Ferreccio, L. R. Ward, L. Benavente, R. E. Black, B. Rowe, M. M. Levine

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Abstract

We examined 141 Salmonella typhi strains of known phage type isolated during ongoing epidemiologic studies in Santiago, Chile, and Lima, Peru. Plasmids were present in 12 (17%) of 70 S. typhi isolates from Santiago and 5 (7%) of 71 isolates from Lima; these plasmids were not associated with antimicrobial resistance. Identical 21 kilobase (kb) plasmids (as defined by restriction endonuclease digest pattern) were present in 13 of the 17 plasmid-containing isolates. Virtually identical patterns were identified when chromosomal DNA of selected strains from Santiago, Lima, and the United States was extracted and then digested with restriction endonucleases. The similarities among plasmids and chromosomal digest patterns emphasize the homogeneity and possible clonal origin of S. typhi isolates; these data also suggest that there is only a limited role for plasmid and chromosomal analysis as a subsitute for phage typing in epidemiologic studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-835
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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