Use of randomly cloned DNA fragments for identification of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron

A. A. Salyers, S. P. Lynn, J. F. Gardner

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Randomly cloned fragments of DNA from B. thetaioitaomicron were used as hybridization probes for differentiation of B. thetaiotaomicron from closely related Bacteroides species. HindIII digestion fragments of DNA from B. thetaiotaomicron (type strain) were inserted into plasmid pBR322 and labeled with [α-32P]dCTP by nick translation. These labeled plasmids were screened for hybridization to HindIII digests of chromosomal DNA from type strains of the following human colonic Bacteroides species: B. thetaiotaomicron, Bacteroides ovatus, reference strain 3452-A (formerly part of B. distasonis), Bacteroides uniformis, Bacteroides fragilis, Bacteroides vulgatus, Bacteroides distasonis, Bacteroides eggerthii, and reference strain B5-21 (formerly B. fragilis subsp. a). Two of the five cloned fragments hybridized only to DNA from B. thetaiotaomicron. Each of these two fragments hybridized to the same DNA restriction fragment in five strains of B. thetaiotaomicron other than the strain from which the DNA was cloned. One of the cloned fragments (pBT2) was further tested for specificity by determining its ability to hybridize to DNA from 65 additional strains of colonic Bacteroides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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