Evidence of lateral gene transfer among strains of Streptococcus zooepidemicus in weanling horses with respiratory disease.

@article{Velineni2014EvidenceOL,
  title={Evidence of lateral gene transfer among strains of Streptococcus zooepidemicus in weanling horses with respiratory disease.},
  author={Sridhar Velineni and Cormac C Breathnach and John F. Timoney},
  journal={Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases},
  year={2014},
  volume={21},
  pages={157-60}
}
Streptococcus zooepidemicus (Sz) is a tonsillar commensal of healthy horses but with potential to opportunistically invade the lower respiratory tract. Sz is genetically variable and recombinogenic based on analysis of gene sequences including szp, szm and MLST data. Although a variety of serovars of the protective SzP are commonly harbored in the tonsils of the same horse, lower respiratory infections usually involve a single clone. Nevertheless, isolation of specific clones from epizootics of… CONTINUE READING