Occurrence, diversity, and pathogenicity of halophilic Vibrio spp. and non-O1 Vibrio cholerae from estuarine waters along the Italian Adriatic coast

Elena Barbieri, Loredana Falzano, Carla Fiorentini, Anna Pianetti, Wally Baffone, Alessia Fabbri, Paola Matarrese, Annarita Casiere, Mohammad Katouli, Inger Kühn, Roland Möllby, Francesca Bruscolini, Gianfranco Donelli

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Abstract

The occurrence, diversity, and pathogenicity of Vibrio spp. were investigated in two estuaries along the Italian Adriatic coast. Vibrio alginolyticus was the predominant species, followed by Vibrio parahaemolyticus, non-O1 Vibrio cholerae, and Vibrio vulnificus. By using a biochemical fingerprinting method, all isolates were grouped into nine phenotypes with similarity levels of 75 to 97.5%. The production of toxins capable of causing cytoskeleton-dependent changes was detected in a large number of Vibrio strains. These findings indicate a significant presence of potentially pathogenic Vibrio strains along the Adriatic coast.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2748-2753
Number of pages6
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume65
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology

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