Use of multi-locus sequencing typing as identification method for the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes: a review

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Sonia Lamon
Domenico Meloni *
Simonetta Gianna Consolati
Anna Mureddu
Rina Mazzette
(*) Corresponding Author:
Domenico Meloni |


Listeria monocytogenes is an ubiquitous, intracellular pathogen which has been implicated within the past decade as the causative organism in several outbreaks of foodborne diseases. In this review, a new approach to molecular typing primarily designed for global epidemiology has been described: multi-locus sequencing typing (MLST). This approach is novel, in that it uses data that allow the unambiguous characterization of bacterial strains via the Internet. Our aim is to present the currently available selection of references on L. monocytogenes MLST detection methods and to discuss its use as gold standard to L. monocytogenes subtyping method.


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