An occurrence of the bacteriophage genes among Streptococcus pyogenes strains of M49 serotype

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In this study an occurrence of bacteriophage genes among S. pyogenes strains of M49 serotype was studied by two methods, PCR and DNA-DNA hybridization. It was found, that the presence of the phage genes and/or prophages was associated with geographic region of the strain isolation. Potential correlation between the presence of the phage integrase genes and the genes encoding virulence factors was revealed.

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E M Polyakova

Research Institute of Experimental Medicine NWB RAMS, St. Petersburg

Email: ekaterinapolvakova@rambler.ru

J J Ferretti


A V Dmitriev

Research Institute of Experimental Medicine NWB RAMS, St. Petersburg


A A Totolian

Research Institute of Experimental Medicine NWB RAMS, St. Petersburg


A N Suvorov

Research Institute of Experimental Medicine NWB RAMS, St. Petersburg


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