Comparison of PCR-generated fragments of the mce gene from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. avium, M. intracellulare, and M. scrofulaceum.

Nineteen strains representing 13 species of mycobacteria were tested for the ability to serve as PCR templates for the production of a 293-bp fragment of the mycobacterial mce gene. The mce gene is a virulence factor recently sequenced from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. PCR products were obtained for only the species of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex… CONTINUE READING