Comparison of Mycobacterium avium isolates from Greek AIDS and human immunodeficiency virus-negative patients by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.


OBJECTIVE To compare the chromosomal types of Mycobacterium avium strains infecting HIV-negative and AIDS patients in Greece. METHODS In total, 41 Mycobacterium avium isolates, 23 from AIDS and 18 from HIV-negative patients, were compared by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of genomic DNA after XbaI digestion. The majority (87%) of AIDS isolates were from… (More)