Characteristics of the Escherichia coli in the microbiota

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Reference Tenaillon O, Skurnik D, Picard B, Denamur E. The population genetics of commensal Escherichia coli. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2010 Mar8(3):207-17. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro2298 p.208 table 1PubMed ID20157339
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Comments P.207 right column bottom paragraph: "The concentration per gram of faeces varies in humans from 10^7 to 10^9 colony-forming units (cfu) [refs 11, 12, 13] and is much lower in domestic animals, averaging between 10^4 and 10^6 cfu [ref 13] (Table 1)." P.214 left column 2nd paragraph: "The prevalence of these virulence factor genes is variable among commensal populations. On a global scale, the human microbiota is characterized by a higher prevalence of virulence genes than the microbiota in other organisms [ref 85] (Table 1). In animals, the presence of virulence genes increases with body mass, which reflects the gut complexity of larger animal [ref 85]. Hence, virulence factors and their change in prevalence among hosts may reflect some local adaptation to commensal habitats rather than virulence per se."
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