Strains of the subspecies of Lactococcus lactis could be differentiated by rRNA gene restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP). 16S rRNA-specific oligonucleotide as well as polynucleotide DNA probes were used for the detection of restriction fragments. In addition, a site-specific probe was designed for the intergenic spacer region of 23S and 5S rRNA genes. For all lactococcal strains the putative presence of six rRNA operons was confirmed. A non-radioactive hybridization assay was used based on hybrid detection by chemiluminescence. Specific patterns were found for any of the strains investigated. Subspecies-specific restriction fragments could be identified in addition to the strain-specific patterns.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||FEMS Microbiology Letters|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 1991|
- Lactococcus lactis
- Restriction fragment length polymorphism
- Ribosomal RNA
- Strain differentiation