Multiplex PCR strategy for rapid identification of structural types and variants of the mec element in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

@article{Oliveira2002MultiplexPS,
  title={Multiplex PCR strategy for rapid identification of structural types and variants of the mec element in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.},
  author={Duarte C. Oliveira and Herminia de Lencastre},
  journal={Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy},
  year={2002},
  volume={46 7},
  pages={2155-61}
}
Full characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) requires definition of not only the bacterial genetic background but also the structure of the complex and heterologous mec element these bacteria carry, which is associated with drug resistance determinant mecA. We report the development, validation, and application of a multiplex PCR strategy that allows quick presumptive characterization of the mec element types based on the structural features that were shown to be… CONTINUE READING
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