Staphylococcal enterotoxin gene cluster: prediction of enterotoxin (SEG and SEI) production and of the source of food poisoning based on Saβ typing.

Last updated on 15-2-2021 by Sarah Denayer

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Currently only five (SEA-SEE) out of 27 known staphylococcal enterotoxins can be analyzed using commercially available kits.Six genes ( and ), encoding putative and undetectable enterotoxins, are located on the enterotoxin gene cluster () which is part of the genomic island Saβ. These enterotoxins have been described as likely being involved in staphylococcal food poisoning outbreaks.The aim of the present study was to determine if whole genome data can be used for the prediction of staphylococcal enterotoxin production, particularly enterotoxin G (SEG) and enterotoxin I (SEI). For this pur…

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