Distribution of the ACME-arcA gene among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from England and Wales.

@article{Ellington2008DistributionOT,
  title={Distribution of the ACME-arcA gene among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from England and Wales.},
  author={Matthew J. Ellington and Lianne Yearwood and Mark Ganner and Claire East and Angela M. Kearns},
  journal={The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy},
  year={2008},
  volume={61 1},
  pages={73-7}
}
BACKGROUND The ST8-SCCmecIVa (USA300) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) clone can harbour the arginine catabolic mobile element (ACME). The arc gene cluster within the ACME may function as a virulence or strain survival factor. We determined the distribution of the ACME-associated arcA gene among genetically diverse MRSA from around England and Wales. METHODS MRSA isolates (n = 203) of diverse genetic types, referred to the England and Wales Staphylococcus reference… CONTINUE READING

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