Res Microbiol. 2014 Oct 10. pii: S0923-2508(14)00187-9. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2014.09.007. [Epub ahead of print]
Historical and Current Perspectives on Clostridium botulinum Diversity.
For nearly one hundred years, researchers have attempted to categorize botulinum neurotoxin-producing clostridia and the toxins that they produce according to biochemical characterizations, serological comparisons, and genetic analyses. Throughout this period the bacteria and their toxins have defied such attempts at categorization. Below is a description of both historic and current C. botulinum strain and neurotoxin information that illustrates how each new finding has significantly added to the knowledge of the botulinum neurotoxin-containing clostridia and their diversity.
Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.
Clostridium botulinum; botulinum neurotoxins; genomics; serotype
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