Accession Number:

AD0848643

Title:

Pesticinogeny, an Identifying Characteristic of Pasteurella Pestis

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FORT DETRICK FREDERICK MD

Report Date:

1969-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Current methods of identifying Pasteurella pestis rely heavily on tests specific for detecting fraction I, the envelope antigen. Pesticin I, a bacteriocin inhibitory for Pasteurella pseudotuberculosis, has been demonstrated in nearly all strains isolated from human infections. The results of use of this characteristic as an identifying trait for P. pestis were compared with results reported for detecting fraction I by fluorescent antibody and antiserum agar techniques. Data indicate that although certain atypical strains of P. pestis fail to react in one system or the other, a combination of these tests provides positive identification in all cases. The rapidity, simplicity, and specificity of this test makes it a valuable tool in the study of plague infections and an important adjunct to methods currently in use.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Microbiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE