FOOD SCIENCE ›› 2021, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (21): 263-270.doi: 10.7506/spkx1002-6630-20201009-053

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Progress in Research on the Evolutionary Lineages of Listeria monocytogenes

ZHOU Jifu, WANG Ping, GUO Jia, ZHAO Xiaomei, CHEN Ying   

  1. (1. College of Food Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Nanjing 210023, China; 2. China Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Beijing 100176, China; 3. College of Food Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin 300000, China)
  • Online:2021-11-15 Published:2021-11-23

Abstract: Listeria monocytogenes is one of the most harmful foodborne pathogens. As a facultative anaerobic gram-positive bacterium, it is widely present in foods, the environment and animal hosts. According to different molecular characteristics and epidemic situations, it can be divided into four evolutionary lineages, and strains from each lineage have different virulence and pathogenicity. This article analyzes the pathogenicity and epidemic characteristics of different lineages of Listeria monocytogenes. We expect that this review will provide a reference for studies on foodborne diseases related to Listeria monocytogenes lineages.

Key words: Listeria monocytogenes; lineages; pathogenicity

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