Identification of the tetracycline resistance gene, tet(M), in Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae

J Vet Med B Infect Dis Vet Public Health. 2001 May;48(4):293-301. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0450.2001.00442.x.


This is the first report to demonstrate the presence of tet(M) in naturally occurring isolates of tetracycline-resistant Erysipelothrix rbusiopathiae, which causes swine erysipelas. The tet(M) gene was isolated from E. rhusiopathiae strain KY5-42. The nucleotide and the deduced amino acid sequence were 99% identical to the tet(M) gene from Enterococcus faecalis. The gene was necessary and sufficient for the expression of tetracycline resistance in Escherichia coli. The presence of the tet(M) gene in the 114 tetracycline-resistant E. rhusiopathiae isolates from diseased pigs was detected by the polymerase chain reaction assay. The specific amplified DNA fragment was obtained from all 114 tetracycline-resistant strains. It was suggested that the tet(M) gene was widely present in the field isolates of E. rhusiopathiae resistant to tetracycline.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Bacterial / chemistry
  • Erysipelothrix / drug effects
  • Erysipelothrix / genetics*
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests / veterinary
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / veterinary
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Swine
  • Swine Erysipelas / drug therapy
  • Swine Erysipelas / microbiology*
  • Tetracycline / pharmacology
  • Tetracycline Resistance / genetics*


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Tetracycline