PLoS ONE (2013-01-01)

Genome analysis of Staphylococcus aureus ST291, a double locus variant of ST398, reveals a distinct genetic lineage.

  • Marc Stegger,
  • Maliha Aziz,
  • Tomasz Chroboczek,
  • Lance B Price,
  • Troels Ronco,
  • Kristoffer Kiil,
  • Robert L Skov,
  • Frederic Laurent,
  • Paal S Andersen

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 8, no. 5
p. e63008


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Staphylococcus aureus ST291 has been reported as a homologue recombinant double locus variant of the livestock associated S. aureus ST398. However, whole genome sequencing show that ST291 is a unique genetic lineage with highly variable content within its accessory genome compared to both human and livestock associated genome sequenced CC398s.