Current Microbiology

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 67–69

Production of an Emetic Toxin, Cereulide, Is Associated with a Specific Class of Bacillus cereus

Authors

  • Norio  Agata
    • Nagoya City Public Health Research Institute, 1-11 Hagiyamacho, Mizuho, Nagoya 467, Japan
  • Michio  Ohta
    • Department of Bacteriology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumaicho, Showa, Nagoya 466, Japan
  • Masashi  Mori
    • Nagoya City Public Health Research Institute, 1-11 Hagiyamacho, Mizuho, Nagoya 467, Japan

DOI: 10.1007/s002849900076

Cite this article as:
Agata, N., Ohta, M. & Mori, M. Curr Microbiol (1996) 33: 67. doi:10.1007/s002849900076

Abstract.

The emetic toxin (cereulide) of Bacillus cereus was quantified in several isolates of B. cereus and in various food sources. When the emetic toxin was produced, vomiting-type food poisoning was observed in humans. We also found that the H-1 serovar phenotype was strongly associated with the production of cereulide and that none of the isolates that hydrolyzed starch or expressed diarrheal enterotoxin activity produced cereulide.

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