The re-adaptation of livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus strains with zoonotic capability to the human host and the health care environment

BMBF 01KI1301Aim Rahmen des BMBF-Verbundes „MedVet-Staph - Interdisciplinary Research Network on the Zoonotic Impact of Staphylococcus aureus/MRSAs“
K. Becker, G. Peters
01/2014 – 12/2016 (2nd funding period)
Since the emergence of MRSA CC398 in livestock, their spread into the human community and their entry into healthcare facilities, this novel livestock-associated MRSA lineage has reached enormous socio-economic impact and increasing health-care implications. Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in host and environment adaptation processes of CC398 may help to estimate the potential risks of these clones as well as to develop strategies to prevent similar species barrier-breaking events in the future.

Staphylococcal phenotypes: Normal and small colony variant (SCV) phenotype