Amplified fragment length polymorphism reveals specific epigenetic distinctions between Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis isolates of various isolation types. Academic Article uri icon


  • Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) was employed as a genetic analysis tool for the study of the genetic relatedness of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis isolates harvested from bovine fecal samples and from bovine or human tissues. This analysis revealed genetic differences between these two isolate types that were confirmed through cluster analysis. Dendrogram analysis separated these two isolate types based on the isolation scheme (tissue-associated versus fecal M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis isolates). Further sequence analysis of unique genetic regions from each isolation type revealed no genetic sequence differences. However, Clustal DNA alignments identified AFLP restriction enzyme sites that were undigested in the tissue-associated isolates. AFLP analysis also disclosed that the same AFLP restriction sites were digested in all of the fecal isolates. Sequence analysis further revealed a consensus sequence upstream of the undigested restriction sites for possible methyltransferase recognition in the tissue-associated M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis isolates.

published proceedings

  • J Clin Microbiol

author list (cited authors)

  • O'Shea, B., Khare, S., Klein, P., Roussel, A., Adams, L. G., Ficht, T. A., & Rice-Ficht, A. C.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • O'Shea, B||Khare, S||Klein, P||Roussel, A||Adams, LG||Ficht, TA||Rice-Ficht, AC

publication date

  • June 2011