The correlation of bacteriophage types of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with guinea-pig virulence and in vitro-indicators of virulence.
Among 58 isoniazid-sensitive strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from India, Burma and East Africa, 23 were of phage type A, 31 of type I (intermediate), 4 of type B and none of type C. Type I strains differed from type A strains in being attenuated in the guinea-pig, susceptible to H2O2, sensitive to thiophen-2-carboxylic acid hydrazide and resistant to thiacetazone and p-aminosalicylic acid; the content of strongly acidic lipids and of sulphatide lipids was low and the attenuation indicator lipid was present. The pattern of results with the type B strains did not correspond to the patterns for types A or I. Strains of type I appear to be a distinct group within the species M. tuberculosis.
Grange, JM; Aber, VR; Allen, BW; Mitchison, DA; Goren, MB
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