Phenotypic and genotypic study of Streptococcus agalactiae in vagina of pregnant women in Argentina

Medicina (B Aires). 2001;61(3):295-300.


Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) is a leading cause of serious neonatal infection. In this study we determine the prevalence, serotype distribution and genomic diversity of GBS in vagina of pregnant women. Vaginal swabs of 531 pregnant women were cultured on Columbia Agar Base Blood, GBS Agar Base and Todd Hewitt Broth. GBS were characterized by group and type-specific agglutination. Genomic polymorphism was studied by random amplification of DNA (RAPD). Seventeen patients (3.2%) were positive for GBS, resulting serotype III the most frequent. RAPD detected 16 different RAPD profiles from 21 GBS studied, revealing a good discriminatory power. In this sense, this method showed different genotype from GBS serotype III recovered from successive samples of two patients, suggesting reinfection. In conclusion, the combination of RAPD and serotyping appear promising for epidemiological studies. Finally, findings of reinfection after therapy during pregnancy, led us to suggest performing prenatal GBS screening and intrapartum prophylaxis in order to reduce neonatal risk.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Phenotype
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third
  • Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Technique
  • Streptococcal Infections / diagnosis*
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / genetics*
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification
  • Vagina / microbiology