Virulence Plasmids of Spore-Forming Bacteria.

  title={Virulence Plasmids of Spore-Forming Bacteria.},
  author={Vicki Adams and Jihong Li and Jessica A. Wisniewski and Francisco A. Uzal and Robert J Moore and Bruce A McClane and Julian I Rood},
  journal={Microbiology spectrum},
  volume={2 6}
Plasmid-encoded virulence factors are important in the pathogenesis of diseases caused by spore-forming bacteria. Unlike many other bacteria, the most common virulence factors encoded by plasmids in Clostridium and Bacillus species are protein toxins. Clostridium perfringens causes several histotoxic and enterotoxin diseases in both humans and animals and produces a broad range of toxins, including many pore-forming toxins such as C. perfringens enterotoxin, epsilon-toxin, beta-toxin, and NetB… CONTINUE READING
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