Title

Comparison of Flavobacterium and Sphingobacterium species by enzyme profiles, with use of pattern recognition of two-dimensional fluorescence data

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1987

Abstract

Enzyme profiles of eight Flavobacterium species and one Sphingobacterium species were compared after using a two-dimensional fluorescence technique. Enzyme contents and corresponding activities were rapidly determined for whole-cell preparations after incubation with a mixture of preselected fluorogenic substrates. A two-dimensional fluorescence spectrum of the resulting product mixture, measured with a video fluorometer, provided a characteristic 'fingerprint' for each organism. Comparison of fluorescent spectra was facilitated by a Fourier-transform-based pattern-recognition algorithm and by a clustering technique involving the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient. F. multivorum, F. thalpophilum, and S. mizutae formed one cluster; F. indologenes, F. spiritiorum, F. odoratum, and F. balustinum formed a second. F. meningosepticum was intermediate between the first and second cluster, whereas F. breve was different from all other strains examined, based on their spectral dissimilarity indices and correlation coefficients.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Clinical Chemistry

First Page

377

Last Page

380

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