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ABSTRACT Burkholderia pseudomallei , the cause of melioidosis, can be distinguished from the closely related but nonpathogenic Burkholderia thailandensis by gas chromatography (GC) analysis of fatty acid derivatives. A 2-hydroxymyristic acid derivative (14:0 2OH) was present in 95% of B. pseudomallei isolates and no B. thailandensis isolates. GC mass spectrophotometry confirmed that 2-hydroxymyristic acid was present in B. pseudomallei . GC-fatty acid methyl ester analysis may be useful in distinguishing these two closely related species.

Original publication

DOI

10.1128/jcm.41.10.4812-4814.2003

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Publisher

American Society for Microbiology

Publication Date

10/2003

Volume

41

Pages

4812 - 4814