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Keywords:

  • esp;
  • Incidence;
  • Sequence;
  • Environment;
  • Medical;
  • Enterococcus faecium

Abstract

Enterococci are increasingly important causes of nosocomial disease. Also, they are associated with food and have a history of use as dairy starter and probiotic cultures. An enterococcal surface protein Espfs is involved the virulence and biofilm-forming capacity of Enterococcus faecalis and recently we demonstrated the presence of a homologue Espfm in E. faecium. Here we describe the complete structure of Espfm and demonstrate that its distribution in E. faecium correlates with disease associated strains from a range of pathological sites.