Serological diversity within the species Legionella spiritensis

J Appl Bacteriol. 1988 Nov;65(5):425-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1988.tb01912.x.


A strain of Legionella isolated from the environment which could not initially be identified was shown by restriction fragment length polymorphisms to be a Legionella spiritensis. This was confirmed by DNA homology studies, cell wall fatty acid composition and isoprenoid quinone analysis. This strain, which is only the second reported representative of the species, was shown to be serologically distinct from the type strain of L. spiritensis and all other serogroups of Legionella.

MeSH terms

  • Antigenic Variation
  • DNA Probes
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Immune Sera / immunology
  • Legionella / classification*
  • Legionella / genetics
  • Legionella / immunology
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Quinones / analysis
  • Serotyping


  • DNA Probes
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Fatty Acids
  • Immune Sera
  • Quinones