Listeria monocytogenes isolates from Cornu aspersum snails: Whole genome-based characterization and host-pathogen interactions in a snail infection model.

Last updated on 4-1-2023 by Sigrid De Keersmaecker

Peer reviewed scientific article




Even though Listeria monocytogenes is an extensive-studied foodborne pathogen, genome analysis of isolates from snails that may represent a reservoir of L. monocytogenes are still scarce. Here, we use whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to assess the genomic diversity of hypervirulent, virulent and non-virulent phenotypes of 15 L. monocytogenes isolated from snails to unveil their survival, virulence, and host-pathogen mechanisms of interactions in a snail infection model. Most of isolates (66.7%) were characterized as multidrug resistant (MDR) and belonged to clonal complexes (CCs) which are str…

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