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See detailA role for the Clostridium perfringens beta 2 toxin in bovine enterotoxaemia?
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 86(3), 191-202

Non-enterotoxigenic type A Clostridium perfringens are associated with bovine enterotoxaemia, but the alpha toxin is not regarded as responsible for the production of typical lesions of necrotic and ... [more ▼]

Non-enterotoxigenic type A Clostridium perfringens are associated with bovine enterotoxaemia, but the alpha toxin is not regarded as responsible for the production of typical lesions of necrotic and haemorrhagic enteritis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the putative role of the more recently described beta2 toxin. Seven hundred and fourteen non-enterotoxigenic type A C. perfringens isolated from 133 calves with lesions of enterotoxaemia and high clostridial cell counts (study population) and 386 isolated from a control population of 87 calves were tested by a colony hybridisation assay for the beta2 toxin. Two hundred and eighteen (31%) C perfringens isolated from 83 calves (62%) of the study population and 113 (29%) C. perfringens isolated from 51 calves (59%) of the control population tested positive with the beta2 probe. Pure and mixed cultures of four C perfringens (one alpha+beta2+, one alpha+enterotoxin-1 and two alpha+) were tested in the ligated loop assay in one calf. Macroscopic haemorrhages of the intestinal wall, necrosis and haemorrhages of the intestinal content, and microscopic lesions of necrosis and polymorphonuclear and mononuclear cell infiltration of the intestinal villi were more pronounced in loops inoculated with the a and beta2-toxigenic C. perfringens isolate. These results suggest in vivo synergistic role of the alpha and beta2 toxins in the production of necrotic and haemorrhagic lesions of the small intestine in cases of bovine enterotoxaemia. However, isolation of beta2-toxigenic C. perfringens does not confirm the clinical diagnosis of bovine enterotoxaemia and a clostridial cell counts must still be performed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial Intestinal Flora Associated with Enterotoxaemia in Belgian Blue Calves
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Pirson, Vincianne et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2001), 81(1), 1-12

The enterotoxaemia syndrome in Belgian Blue calves is characterised by a high case fatality rate, sudden death, lesions of haemorrhagic enteritis of the small intestine and, quite often an absence of ... [more ▼]

The enterotoxaemia syndrome in Belgian Blue calves is characterised by a high case fatality rate, sudden death, lesions of haemorrhagic enteritis of the small intestine and, quite often an absence of other clinical signs but its cause has not been yet identified. As a first step in this identification, the aerobic and anaerobic intestinal flora of a population of 78 calves, originating from farms located in southern Belgium and that died in circumstances defined as "calf enterotoxaemia" (study population) and of 64 calves that died in other circumstances (control population) were studied qualitatively and quantitatively. The colonies were identified after subcultures with appropriate API sugar sets. Anaerobically Clostridium perfringens was isolated in higher numbers (mean values of 10(7)-10(7.5) colony forming units (CFU) versus 10(4)-10(5) CFU per ml of intestinal content) and from more animals (79 versus 19%) in the study population than in the control population, although individual results from both populations could overlap. Other clostridial species, i.e. mainly urease-negative C. sordellii and C. bifermentans, were isolated in high numbers (>10(6) CFU per ml of intestinal content) from a few animals in the study population only. All but one of the 705 C. perfringens isolates from both populations belonged to the A toxin type and none of the urease-negative C. sordellii was toxigenic. Gram-negative anaerobes were not isolated in high numbers from any of the samples. Aerobically beta-haemolytic E. coli were significantly more frequent among the study population, but were isolated from only 25% of the animals. Salmonella Typhimurium was isolated from only two animals in the study population. Less than 1% of the E. coli isolated were verotoxigenic and one-third were necrotoxigenic. At this stage only non-enterotoxigenic type A C. perfringens are thus statistically associated with the enterotoxaemia syndrome in Belgian Blue calves and fulfil the first of the Koch's postulates. [less ▲]

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See detailVirulence Plasmids of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli Isolates from Piglets
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Jacquemin, Etienne et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (1998), 62(4), 291-301

Virulence plasmids of 68 ETEC isolates from piglets belonging to different pathotypes and six ETEC isolates from calves with pathotypes typical of porcine ETEC were identified with seven virulence probes ... [more ▼]

Virulence plasmids of 68 ETEC isolates from piglets belonging to different pathotypes and six ETEC isolates from calves with pathotypes typical of porcine ETEC were identified with seven virulence probes for the heat-stable (STa and STb) and heat-labile (LT) enterotoxins, for the F4, F5, F6, and F41 fimbrial adhesion subunit, and also with five Rep probes for the RepFIA and RepFIB basic replicons, and the RepFIC family of basic replicons. With the exception of the F41 probe, the other virulence probes hybridized with at least one plasmid band of a size range from 65 to more than 100 Mda. Common associations of virulence factor-encoding genes on plasmid bands were: STb/LT, STa/F5, STa/F6, STa/STb. Other associations, STa/F4, STa/F4/F6, and STa/STb/LT/F6, were rarer. On the other hand the F4 adhesin-encoding genes were isolated on one plasmid band in all but three F4+ isolates. All but one of the 92 virulence plasmids which were studied have Rep probe hybridization profiles and replicon types typical of the uni- or multireplicon plasmids belonging to the various incompatibility groups of the F incompatibility complex. [less ▲]

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See detailHybridization of 2,659 Clostridium Perfringens Isolates with Gene Probes for Seven Toxins (Alpha, Beta, Epsilon, Iota, Theta, Mu, and Enterotoxin) and for Sialidase
Daube, Georges ULg; Simon, Patricia ULg; Limbourg, Bernard et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1996), 57(4), 496-501

OBJECTIVE--To genetically characterize Clostridium perfringens isolates for association of pathologic type with various diseases. DESIGN--Prospective study. SAMPLE POPULATION--2,659 C perfringens isolates ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE--To genetically characterize Clostridium perfringens isolates for association of pathologic type with various diseases. DESIGN--Prospective study. SAMPLE POPULATION--2,659 C perfringens isolates from various nonhuman animals species, human beings, and foods. PROCEDURE--Colony hybridization with DNA probes for 7 toxin (alpha, beta, epsilon, iota (subunits a and b), theta, mu, and enterotoxin) genes and 1 sialidase gene were performed to group the isolates by pathologic type. RESULTS--Enterotoxin-negative type-A isolates were the most common (2,575/2,659), were isolated from all sources, and were separated into 5 pathologic types. In cattle and horses with enterotoxemia, essentially only these pathologic types were identified. The enterotoxin-negative isolates of types C or D each had a single pathologic type. Type-C isolates were isolated only from swine with necrotic enteritis and type-D isolates from small ruminants with enterotoxemia, except that 1 type-D isolate was also found from a healthy fish. Type-B or -E isolates were not found. Among the 47 enterotoxin-positive isolates, 5 isolates from sheep or deer were type D and the other 42 were type A. These 42 isolates were grouped into 3 pathologic types: 1 type was isolated from samples of almost all origins, but the other 2 types were found in only 5 fish, 4 human beings, and 1 dog. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE--Genetic characterization of these isolates allowed identification of 11 different pathologic types. This approach may be useful in molecular diagnosis and prophylaxis of clostridial disease. [less ▲]

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See detailIs1151, an Is-Like Element of Clostridium Perfringens
Daube, Georges ULg; Kaeckenbeeck, Albert ULg; Simon, Patricia ULg

in Nucleic Acids Research (1993), 21(2), 352

Description of a new insertion sequence, named IS1151, associated with cpe gene from Clostridium perfringens

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See detailDetection and Identification of Pathotypes of Verocytotoxigenic Escherichia Coli Isolated from Weaned Piglets Using Gene Probes for Seven E. Coli Toxins
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Deprez, Piet et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (1989), 50(3), 345-349

Seventy verocytotoxigenic (VTEC) and sixty-three non VTEC haemolytic Escherichia coli isolated from recently weaned piglets were examined by the colony hybridization assay using gene probes for three ... [more ▼]

Seventy verocytotoxigenic (VTEC) and sixty-three non VTEC haemolytic Escherichia coli isolated from recently weaned piglets were examined by the colony hybridization assay using gene probes for three verocytotoxins: Edema disease principle (EDP) and Shiga-like toxins I and II (SLTI and SLTII). The results with the EDP and SLTII probes were identical. All VTEC hybridized with these two probes, while non VTEC did not. All 133 E. coli were negative for the SLTI probe. Hybridization of the plasmid content of 14 VTEC did not show any evidence for plasmid localization of the genes coding for the EDP. The 70 VTEC were also assayed with gene probes for heat-stable (STaP, STb) and heat-labile (LT, LTIIa) enterotoxins. Only the STb probe was hybridized by 36 of them. Most STb-positive isolates belonged to serotype O141: K85 biotypes 9 and 13 PC. [less ▲]

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