Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Using Streptococcus pneumoniae as an example, the ability of multilocus sequence typing (MLST) to characterise isolates directly from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was investigated. A nested multiplex polymerase chain reaction method that amplifies the seven housekeeping gene fragments used for pneumococcal MLST was applied to 30 CSF samples from suspected cases of bacterial meningitis. The fragments were amplified from all 14 samples from which Streptococcus pneumoniae was cultured, and, after direct sequencing, the allelic profiles obtained from ten of the samples corresponded to those of clones previously associated with invasive pneumococcal disease. MLST could also predict the penicillin susceptibility and serotype of the CSF isolates.


Journal article


Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis

Publication Date





627 - 630


Alleles, Bacteria, Bacterial Typing Techniques, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Humans, Meningitis, Bacterial, Meningitis, Pneumococcal, Neisseria meningitidis, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Serotyping, Streptococcus pneumoniae