Mammary pathogenic Escherichia coli

Nahum Y. Shpigel*, Sharon Elazar, Ilan Rosenshine

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Pathogenic Escherichia coli can be classified into several pathotypes, and it is believed that each pathotype carries one or more specific gene repertoire (or virulence factors combination) that distinguishes them from non-pathogenic E. coli strains and from other pathotypes. In contrast to this notion, it was proposed that this is not the case for E. coli mastitis, a common disease in farm animals and that any given E. coli isolate can cause this disease, even strains that are considered non-pathogenic. In this review we will re-examine this latter concept and recent advances in the study E. coli mastitis.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)60-65
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the Binational Agricultural Research and Development (BARD) Fund (IS-3413-03 and IS-3673-05), the Israel Science Foundation (FIRST 256/06), and the Israel Dairy Board.


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