BCESMB. (Burkholderia) Cepacia Epidemic Strain Marker
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All the isolates from types 01, 04, and 06 harbored the BCESM, but only those from RAPD type 02 encoded both BCESM and cblA.
Although the latter appears to enhance adhesion of the bacteria to epithelial cells, the role of BCESM in transmissibility has not been determined.