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  • Authors: Andreas F. Haag1, J. Ross Fitzgerald2, José R. Penadés3
  • Editors: Vincent A. Fischetti4, Richard P. Novick5, Joseph J. Ferretti6, Daniel A. Portnoy7, Miriam Braunstein8, Julian I. Rood9
    Affiliations: 1: Institute of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation, University of Glasgow, G12 8TA, Glasgow, UK; 2: The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; 3: Institute of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation, University of Glasgow, G12 8TA, Glasgow, UK; 4: The Rockefeller University, New York, NY; 5: Skirball Institute for Molecular Medicine, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY; 6: Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK; 7: Department of Molecular and Cellular Microbiology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; 8: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC; 9: Infection and Immunity Program, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Source: microbiolspec May 2019 vol. 7 no. 3 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.GPP3-0060-2019
  • Received 02 January 2019 Accepted 04 February 2019 Published 24 May 2019
  • Andreas F. Haag, [email protected]
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    is a mammalian commensal and opportunistic pathogen that colonizes niches such as skin, nares and diverse mucosal membranes of about 20-30% of the human population. can cause a wide spectrum of diseases in humans and both methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant strains are common causes of nosocomial- and community-acquired infections. Despite the prevalence of literature characterising staphylococcal pathogenesis in humans, is a major cause of infection and disease in a plethora of animal hosts leading to a significant impact on public health and agriculture. Infections in animals are deleterious to animal health, and animals can act as a reservoir for staphylococcal transmission to humans.

    Host-switching events between humans and animals and amongst animals are frequent and have been accentuated with the domestication and/or commercialisation of specific animal species. Host-switching is typically followed by subsequent adaptation through acquisition and/or loss of mobile genetic elements such as phages, pathogenicity islands and plasmids as well as further host-specific mutations allowing it to expand into new host populations.

    In this chapter, we will be giving an overview of in animals, how this bacterial species was, and is, being transferred to new host species and the key elements thought to be involved in its adaptation to new ecological host niches. We will also highlight animal hosts as a reservoir for the development and transfer of antimicrobial resistance determinants.

  • Citation: Haag A, Fitzgerald J, Penadés J. 2019. in Animals. Microbiol Spectrum 7(3):GPP3-0060-2019. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.GPP3-0060-2019.


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is a mammalian commensal and opportunistic pathogen that colonizes niches such as skin, nares and diverse mucosal membranes of about 20-30% of the human population. can cause a wide spectrum of diseases in humans and both methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant strains are common causes of nosocomial- and community-acquired infections. Despite the prevalence of literature characterising staphylococcal pathogenesis in humans, is a major cause of infection and disease in a plethora of animal hosts leading to a significant impact on public health and agriculture. Infections in animals are deleterious to animal health, and animals can act as a reservoir for staphylococcal transmission to humans.

Host-switching events between humans and animals and amongst animals are frequent and have been accentuated with the domestication and/or commercialisation of specific animal species. Host-switching is typically followed by subsequent adaptation through acquisition and/or loss of mobile genetic elements such as phages, pathogenicity islands and plasmids as well as further host-specific mutations allowing it to expand into new host populations.

In this chapter, we will be giving an overview of in animals, how this bacterial species was, and is, being transferred to new host species and the key elements thought to be involved in its adaptation to new ecological host niches. We will also highlight animal hosts as a reservoir for the development and transfer of antimicrobial resistance determinants.

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Humans act as a major hub for host jumps. has been isolated from a plethora of vertebrates and has undergone multiple series of host jumps. A major exchange hub is humans that interact with domesticated livestock and companion animals. Arrow thickness indicates the frequency of host jumps, with colors from yellow to red indicating their likelihood. Figure adapted from reference 43 .

Source: microbiolspec May 2019 vol. 7 no. 3 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.GPP3-0060-2019
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Selected staphylococcal elements associated with specific hosts

Source: microbiolspec May 2019 vol. 7 no. 3 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.GPP3-0060-2019

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