We hypothesized that slime may mask bacterial molecules important in the attachment of Staphylococcus epidermidis to inanimate surfaces. In support of this hypothesis, we found that slime-negative strains attached significantly better to fibrinogen or fibronectin than the parent strains and exhibited greater surface hydrophobicity. Comparable results were obtained with 53 clinical isolates.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Infection and Immunity|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
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