Mari Norgren

Learn More
BACKGROUND The incidence and severity of invasive group A streptococcal infection demonstrate great variability over time, which at least, in part, seems to be related to group A streptococcal type distribution among the human population. METHODS An enhanced surveillance study of invasive group A streptococcal infection (746 isolates) was performed in(More)
Considerable knowledge has been accumulated regarding the characteristics of acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN), and many attempts have been made to identify a streptococcal factor or factors responsible for triggering this disease. However, the pathogenic mechanism behind APSGN remains largely unknown. As glomerular deposition of C3 is(More)
The present study shows that active, self-splicing group II intron GBSi1 is located downstream of the C5a-peptidase gene, scpB, in some group B streptococcus (GBS) isolates that lack insertion sequence IS1548. IS1548 was previously reported to be often present at the scpB locus in GBS isolated in association with endocarditis. Since none of 67 GBS isolates(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae, also designated group B streptococcus (GBS), is an important pathogen in neonates, pregnant women, and nonpregnant adults with predisposing conditions. We used multilocus sequence typing (MLST) to characterize 158 GBS isolates that were associated with neonatal and adult invasive disease and that were collected in northern and(More)
Serotypes of serious, sometimes fatal, streptococcal infections in Sweden during 1988-1989 were analyzed. The T1M1 type totally dominated, representing almost 70% of all group A streptococci from serious and uncomplicated infections at the peak of the outbreak. Immunoblots of isolates from various patient groups showed that all isolates produced high(More)
Hyaluronidase has been postulated to be a virulence factor in group B streptococci (GBS). No hyaluronidase activity was found in 15 of 50 GBS isolates from adults studied. Most of these hyaluronidase-negative strains belonged to serotype III. In strains lacking hyaluronidase activity, an insertion of 1317 nucleotides was found in the hyaluronidase gene. The(More)
Analysis of 132 group A streptococcal (GAS) isolates from 151 invasive episodes, including streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), from 1983 to 1995 showed great genetic variation by use of T serotyping in combination with restriction fragment length polymorphism. In contrast, genetically homogenous T1M1 isolates appeared in epidemic patterns with(More)
A chromosomal DNA fragment which mediates Pap (pili associated with pyelonephritis) pili formation, mannose-resistant hemagglutination ( MRHA ) and binding to uroepithelial cells has been isolated from the uropathogenic Escherichia coli clinical isolate J96 , and genetically studied. Analysis of polypeptides expressed by the Pap DNA led to detection of a(More)
This study examines the diversity of superantigen gene profiles between and within emm-genotypes of 92 clinical group A streptococcal isolates (30 STSS, 24 sepsis, 25 erysipelas, and 12 tonsillitis) collected in Sweden between 1986 and 2001. The emm-genotype and the distribution of smeZ, speG, speJ, speA, speC, speH, speI, speK/L, speL/M, speM, and ssa(More)
The uropathogenic strain Escherichia coli J96 mediates mannose-resistant hemagglutination owing to production of a digalactoside-binding adhesin. A cosmid clone from this strain has been isolated that, when harbored in E. coli K-12, expressed Pap pili and this adhesin (R. Hull et al., Infect. Immun. 33:933-938, 1981). By transposon mutagenesis and by the(More)