Respiration metabolism of Group B Streptococcus is activated by environmental haem and quinone and contributes to virulence.

@article{Yamamoto2005RespirationMO,
  title={Respiration metabolism of Group B Streptococcus is activated by environmental haem and quinone and contributes to virulence.},
  author={Yuji Yamamoto and Claire Poyart and Patrick Trieu-Cuot and Gilles Lamberet and Alexandra Gruss and Philippe Gaudu},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={56 2},
  pages={525-34}
}
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common constituent of the vaginal microflora, but its transmission to newborns can cause life-threatening sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis. Energy metabolism of this opportunist pathogen has been deduced to be strictly fermentative. We discovered that GBS undergoes respiration metabolism if its environment supplies two essential respiratory components: quinone and haem. Respiration metabolism led to significant changes in growth characteristics, including a… CONTINUE READING
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