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VOLUME 56 , ISSUE 3 (April 2017) > List of articles


Marcin Brzozowski / Paweł Kwiatkowski / Joanna Jursa-Kulesza * / Danuta Kosik-Bogacka

Keywords : bacterial strain typing, epidemiological surveillance, genotyping methods, phenotyping methods, sequencing

Citation Information : Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology. Volume 56, Issue 3, Pages 353-366, DOI:

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The research on similarity between bacteria in outbreak investigations enables the identification of bacterial strain responsible for infections, their source and modes of transmission. These investigations are also necessary for the analysis of spreading of bacteria, not only locally, e.g. in a hospital in a specific country, but also internationally and globally. Therefore, it is of great importance to have the most up to date knowledge regarding different methods used in bacterial typing. This review discusses and compares methods facilitating bacterial typing at a strain level. Phenotyping methods analysed in this article are: Biotyping, Antimicrobial Susceptibility Typing, Phage Typing and protein-based methods. Genotyping techniques reviewed in this article are based on digestion of genomic DNA, methods using amplification of DNA, and based on sequencing DNA. This would include Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS). Methods used in identification of bacterial strains are being constantly improved, and gaining more in depth knowledge and familiarising with their effectiveness enables better analysis and control of epidemiological situation e.g. in hospitals.

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