Expression of slime interferes with in vitro detection of host protein receptors of Staphylococcus epidermidis

L. Baldassarri, G. Donelli, A. Gelosia, A. W. Simpson, G. D. Christensen

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1522-1526
Number of pages5
JournalInfection and Immunity
Volume65
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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