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

Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Current Microbiology (Impact Factor: 1.36). 06/1996; 33(1):67-69. 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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