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Soni, D. K. and Singh, M. and Singh, D. V. (2014) Virulence and genotypic characterization of Listeria monocytogenes isolated from vegetable and soil samples. BMC Microbiology, 14. p. 241.

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"Background: Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne pathogen is ubiquitous to different environments including the agroecosystem. The organism poses serious public health problem. Therefore, an attempt has been made to gain further insight to their antibiotic susceptibility, serotypes and the virulence genes. Results: Out of the 10 vegetables selected, 6 (brinjal, cauliflower, dolichos-bean, tomato, chappan-kaddu and chilli), 20 isolates (10%) tested positive for L. monocytogenes. The prevalence of the pathogen in the respective rhizosphere soil samples was 5%. Noticeably, L. monocytogenes was absent from only cabbage, broccoli, palak and cowpea, and also the respective rhizospheric soils. The 30 isolates +ve for pathogenicity, belonged to serogroup 4b, 4d or 4e, and all were positive for inlA, inlC, inlJ, plcA, prfA, actA, hlyA and iap gene except one (VC3) among the vegetable isolates that lacked the plcA gene. ERIC- and REP-PCR collectively revealed that isolates from vegetables and their respective rhizospheric soils had distinct PCR fingerprints. Conclusions: The study demonstrates the prevalence of pathogenic L. monocytogenes in the selected agricultural farm samples. The increase in the number of strains resistant to ciprofloxacin and/or cefoxitin seems to pose serious public health consequences."

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Infectious Disease Biology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email alok@urdip.res.in
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 06:10
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2015 06:10
URI: http://ils.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/7

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