Epidemiological study of Vibrio cholerae using variable number of tandem repeats

Raikamal Ghosh, G. Balakrish Nair, Li Tang, J. Glenn Morris, Naresh C. Sharma, Mamatha Ballal, Pallavi Garg, Thandavarayan Ramamurthy, O. Colin Stine

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By conventional genetic methods, including pulse-field gel electrophoresis and multilocus sequence typing, most pathogenic, cholera toxin-positive O1 and O139 isolates of Vibrio cholerae cannot be distinguished. We evaluated relationships among 173 V. cholerae isolates collected between 1992 and 2007 from different geographic areas in India by analyzing five variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) loci. Each VNTR locus was highly variable, with between 5 and 19 alleles. eburst analysis revealed four large groups of genetically related isolates. Two groups contained genotypes of isolates with the O139 serogroup (which emerged for the first time in epidemic form in 1992), with the other two groups containing O1 strains. In subsequent analysis, it was possible to track the spread of specific genotypes across time and space. Our data highlight the utility of the methodology as an epidemiologic tool for assessing spread of isolates in both epidemic and endemic settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemiology
  • Evolution
  • MLVA
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • VNTR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology


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