[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Staphylococcus aureus can be distinguished from similar coagulase-positive staphylococci by its absence of β-galactosidase activity. This is commonly tested using o-nitrophenyl-β-d-galactopyranoside (ONPG) as the substrate. Unexpectedly, 111 and 58 of 123 isolates displayed apparent β-galactosidase activity in the ONPG assay and on the Vitek 2 system, respectively. Compositional analysis showed that the yellow coloration of the positive ONPG assay resulted from production of 2-aminophenoxazin-3-one. Alternative β-galactosidase substrates like X-Gal (5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl-β-d-galactopyranoside) should be used for testing staphylococci.
Journal of clinical microbiology 09/2012; 50(11):3780-2. · 4.16 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is a member of the coagulase-positive staphylococci and is the commonest cause of canine pyoderma. We report the first genome sequence of S. pseudintermedius, which shows the presence of numerous virulence factors akin to those of the related human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus.
Journal of bacteriology 01/2011; 193(7):1783-4. · 3.94 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Staphylococcus lugdunensis is a member of the coagulase-negative staphylococci and commonly found as part of the human skin flora. It is a significant cause of catheter-related bacteremia and also causes serious infections like native valve endocarditis in previously healthy individuals. We report the complete genome sequence of this medically important bacterium.
Journal of bacteriology 03/2010; 192(5):1471-2. · 3.94 Impact Factor