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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 165-168

Biotypes and virulence factors of Gardnerella vaginalis isolated from cases of bacterial vaginosis


1 Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore - 575 001, India
2 Department of Microbiology, KVG Medical College, Sullia - 574 327, India

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G K Bhat
Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore - 575 001
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.81798

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The present study was conducted to correlate the biotypes of Gardnerella vaginalis strains isolated from cases of bacterial vaginosis and their virulence factors. Thirty-two strains of G. vaginalis isolated from cases of bacterial vaginosis were biotyped. Adherence to vaginal epithelial cells, biofilm production, surface hydrophobicity, phospholipase C and protease activity were tested on these isolates. Biotype 1 was the most prevalent (8; 25%), followed by biotype 2 (7; 21.9%) and biotypes 5 and 8 (5; 15.6%). We did not find any statistical correlation between G. vaginalis biotypes and its virulence factors. Virulence factors expressed by G. vaginalis were not associated with a single biotype.






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