Spa contributes to the virulence of type 18 group A streptococci.


Streptococcal protective antigen (Spa) is a newly described surface protein of group A streptococci that was recently shown to evoke protective antibodies (J. B. Dale, E. Y. Chiang, S. Liu, H. S. Courtney, and D. L. Hasty, J. Clin. Investig. 103:1261--1268, 1999). In this study, we have determined the complete sequence of the spa gene from type 18… (More)


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