Use of an rRNA probe and restriction endonuclease analysis to fingerprint Pasteurella multocida isolated from turkeys and wildlife

K. P. Snipes, D. C. Hirsh, R. W. Kasten, L. M. Hansen, D. W. Hird, Tim Carpenter, R. H. McCapes

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Abstract

Twenty-five isolates of the bacterium Pasteurella multocida were characterized (fingerprinted) phenotypically and genotypically in order to compare the abilities of various techniques to differentiate strains for epidemiologic studies of fowl cholera. Isolates were obtained over a 16-month period from turkeys dying from fowl cholera (six outbreak flocks) and from wildlife captured on premises with a history of the disease. The characteristics compared included (i) serotype, (ii) subspecies, (iii) antibiogram, (iv) presence of plasmid DNA, (v) restriction endonuclease analysis patterns of whole-cell DNA, and (vi) ribotype. Ribotyping, a method of highlighting DNA restriction site heterogeneity by using an rRNA probe, worked well for differentiating the strains of P. multocida when the majority of the other techniques could not. Ribotyping results correlated directly with and confirmed results obtained from restriction endonuclease analysis. Ribotyping demonstrated the presence of up to three strains of P. multocida in one outbreak flock, recurrence of a single strain in five of the flocks over an 11-month period, and the presence of common strains in turkeys and wildlife on the premises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1847-1853
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume27
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1989

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  • Microbiology (medical)

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Snipes, K. P., Hirsh, D. C., Kasten, R. W., Hansen, L. M., Hird, D. W., Carpenter, T., & McCapes, R. H. (1989). Use of an rRNA probe and restriction endonuclease analysis to fingerprint Pasteurella multocida isolated from turkeys and wildlife. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 27(8), 1847-1853.