Plasmids in Streptococci: A Review

  • Donald J. LeBlanc


The genus Streptococcus contains several clinically, industrially and ecologically important species, and many relevant properties resemble, phenotypically, similar traits known to be associated with plasmids among members of other bacterial genera. Studies on the contributions of plasmids to the virulence and metabolic versatility of the streptococci have, however, only recently begun. The purpose of this review is two-fold: 1) to highlight some of the major developments in the field of streptococcal plasmid biology over the past eight years, and 2) to present data relevant to areas of current activity in the field.


Tetracycline Resistance Conjugal Transfer Multiple Antibiotic Resistance Streptococcal Species Genus Streptococcus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald J. LeBlanc
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  1. 1.National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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