The pla gene, encoding plasminogen activator, is not specific to Yersinia pestis


Here we present evidence to show that the pla gene, previously thought to be specific to Yersinia pestis, occurs in some strains of Citrobacter koseri and Escherichia coli. This means that detection of this gene on its own can no longer be taken as evidence of detection of Y. pestis. 
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1525-x

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