Horizontal gene transfer among group A streptococci: Implications for pathogenesis and epidemiology

Michael A. Kehoe, Vivek Kapur, Adrian M. Whatmore, James M. Musser

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Abstract

Recent studies have revealed that there is considerable genetic diversity among the group A streptococci and that horizontal transfer and recombination of virulence genes have played a major role in generating this diversity. This finding has significant implications for our understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of these common and highly versatile human pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Volume4
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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