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Post by bionewbie » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:10 am

How can one bacterium, C. perfringens cause three different diseases including cellulitis, gas gangrene and food poisoning?
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Post by MrMistery » Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:58 pm

maybe it depends on what part of the body it infects and what cells do it's toxins reach?
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Post by cardiorrhexis » Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:08 am

Because it has 12 strains.

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Post by canalon » Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:33 am

cardiorrhexis wrote:Because it has 12 strains.

Huh? I found at least 41 starins in the ATCC, and considering what a starin is in bacteriology, there are probably thousands if ou consider all the isolates that have been established in the different labs around the world.

No, I would back up Mr Mistery o this one. Different infection sites, different reactions of the body, different illnesses.

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Post by frinz » Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:26 am

C. Perfringens may produce different toxins. For example, food intoxication may occur with enterotoxigenic strains of perfringens. Other toxins are responsible of gas gangrene, while site of infection, and host susceptibility are (of course) very important to determine the disease.

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