Mohammad R Pourshafie

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The composition and gene arrangement of the CTX genetic element were compared in 36 Vibrio cholerae isolates obtained during 2004-2006 from Iran. Long-PCR amplification of the CTX genetic element, using primers targeting ig1 and attB2, revealed three PCR products of c. 6.9, 5.6 and 2.6 kb, respectively. Southern blot hybridisation revealed that 30%, 17% and(More)
In this study, 50 Vibrio cholerae O1 serotype Inaba isolates were collected during several cholera outbreaks throughout Iran during the summer of 2005. The results of antibiotic susceptibility testing showed that 86, 84, 84 and 82 % of the isolates were resistant to streptomycin, chloramphenicol, co-trimoxazole and tetracycline, respectively. The strains(More)
Vibrio cholerae is again the subject of attention on account of the current increase in the world-wide incidence of cholera. In this study, 200 clinical isolates of V. cholerae serotypes O1 and non-O1, non-O139, were collected from different provinces in Iran. The isolates were subjected to biochemical analysis, antibiogram, PCR of toxin genes, plasmid(More)
The molecular structure and transferability of Tn1546 in 143 vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREF) isolates obtained from patients (n = 49), surface water (n = 28), and urban and hospital sewage (n = 66) in Tehran, Iran, were investigated. Molecular characterization of Tn1546 elements in vanA VREF was performed using a combination of restriction(More)
The beta-elimination procedure was used to obtain two major fragments of Mycobacterium avium glycopeptidolipid antigens. The lipopeptide fragment, not the oligosaccharide, diminished the mitogen-induced blastogenic response of spleen cells at concentrations lower than those which affected viability. Electron microscopy revealed an internalization of(More)
Genotypic and phenotypic characterizations of 50 clinical Vibrio cholerae isolates obtained during 4 consecutive y from 2004 to 2007 in Iran were studied. Antimicrobial susceptibility test, biochemical fingerprinting with Phene Plate system (PhP-RV) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) were performed. Antibiotic susceptibility test of all isolates(More)
AIMS To investigate the molecular basis for serotype variation in Vibrio cholerae O1 and the genetic relatedness amongst different serotypes isolated from 2004 to 2008 in Iran. METHODS AND RESULTS Despite the presence of all three serotypes of V.cholerae O1 (Ogawa, Inaba and Hikojima) in Iran in the last decade, the Inaba strains have been the dominated(More)
Thirty-seven Vibrio cholerae strains were isolated from surface water sources at 5 different locations in Tehran, Iran during 2006 and were identified as non-O1 and non-O139 isolates. PCR for SXT element and class 1 integron was positive for 19% and 5.4% of isolates, respectively. PCR for virulence associated-genes within the vibrio pathogenicity island(More)
AIMS The objective of this study was to investigate the molecular diversity of CTX genetic element within toxigenic Vibrio cholerae genomes and to determine the genetic diversity of V. cholerae population collected in a 6-year period (2004-2009) in Iran. METHODS AND RESULTS The results of mismatch amplification mutation assay (MAMA)-PCR and sequencing(More)
BACKGROUND The virulence of a pathogenic Vibrio cholerae is dependent on a discrete set of genetic determinants. In this study, we determined the distribution of virulence determinants among the clinical and environmental isolates of V. cholerae. METHODS The antibiotic resistance profiles of the isolates were determined using standard disk diffusion(More)