Two phenotypic and three molecular methods were assessed for their ability to identify viridans group streptococci (VGS) to the species level. A panel of 23 clinical isolates, comprising strains isolated from infective endocarditis, blood cultures, pleural and peritoneal fluid, and 19 type/reference strains were analyzed. Identification was performed using two conventional phenotypic methods: API® rapid ID 32 Strep and the VITEK® 2 system, and genotypic analysis of the nucleotide sequence of the housekeeping gene sodA, restriction patterns generated by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) of the 16S rRNA gene and multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) of seven housekeeping genes.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2011|
- viridans group streptococci