Current Microbiology

, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 383–388 | Cite as

DNA relatedness among serovars ofListeria monocytogenes sensu lato

  • Jocelyne Roccourt
  • Francine Grimont
  • Patrick A. D. Grimont
  • Heinz P. R. Seeliger


Sixty-six strains ofListeria monocytogenes (as defined in the eighth edition ofBergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology) were characterized by DNA relatedness. These strains formed five distinct DNA relatedness groups: (i)L. monocytogenes sensu stricto (30 strains) including the type spain ATCC 15313; (ii) serovar 5 strains (9 strains) corresponding to “L. bulgarica”; (iii) “L. inocua” (11 strains of serovars 6a, 6b, 4ab, and undesignated ones) including the reference strains; (iv) six strains of serovars 6a and 6b; (v) ten strains of various serovars. These five groups were clearly distinct fromL. grayi (4 strains) andL. murrayi (3 strains).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jocelyne Roccourt
    • 1
  • Francine Grimont
    • 2
  • Patrick A. D. Grimont
    • 2
  • Heinz P. R. Seeliger
    • 3
  1. 1.Unité d'Ecologie BactérienneInstitut PasteurParis Cedex 15France
  2. 2.Service des Entérobactéries, Unité INSERM 199Institut PasteurParis Cedex 15France
  3. 3.Institut für Hygiene und MikrobiologieWürzburgFederal Republic of Germany

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